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Week 14 – Nov. 18-21

November 17, 2019 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

Last week was a short week due Veterans Day, but we still had a full week of learning to squeeze in. Thank y’all for attending our Parent/Teacher conferences. We had a great turn out and feel the visits were very beneficial to your child’s education.  

4th Grade Math: This past week we started fractions and quickly realized that they are tougher than we remember! Finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions was challenging. We will be spending one more day on that this Monday, then we move on to adding and subtracting fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers. The following link sends you to my website with two videos, one for improper fractions and one for mixed numbers. If you would like your child to preview the lessons for Wednesday and Thursday, it will look much like those videos. IXLs that match this weeks instruction are: Equivalent fractions – P.5, 7, 8, and 10, comparing fractions – P.12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, reducing fractions – P.11

3rd Grade Math: This past week 3rd graders did a great job with multi-digit multiplication. There was so much multiplying going on in our classroom! We did this using an area model and some even learned the standard algorithm. This week we will learn 3 digit by 1 digit and work with some word problems then review and test all that we have learned in multiplication so far this year. I am proud of these 3rd graders and their hard work.

In projects, students have been working hard in their new project pairs to research and create their Nevada industry slideshows. We plan to present these projects Monday (just to the other students in our class) as well as take our Human Systems and Environments vocabulary test. Please remind your child to study for this test this weekend. Next week we will quickly cover our civics unit, including the branches of government, leadership positions, and interest groups. 

In writing last week, I think all of the students REALLY enjoyed reading their original narrative masterpieces at our Camp-Share-a-Story. Thank you for allowing them to bring fun pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags! This week we will begin our new writing unit on opinion essays. We will start the week with a pre-assessment and dive right in to the fundamentals of opinion writing and how narrative writing differs from opinion writing!

This is our last week before Thanksgiving break. We have a lot of material to cover and really miss your child when they aren’t there! Please encourage your child to have their “thinking caps” on and be ready for fun this week!

  • High school and middle school student councils will be participating in the Scholastic Pajama Drive again this year. We will collect new pajamas for children in need in our area. The tags should be on. We need all sizes (infant to teens). The  drive will run from November 12 – December 6. Donations can be dropped off in Mrs. O’Flaherty’s room. Our goal for this year is 150 sets of pajamas! Let’s do it!  If you have any questions please email Mrs. O’Flaherty at Thank you so much for all of your support!  
  • Monday, 11/18 “I’m All Ears – OA Parents Asking Questions” forums, at 8:00-8:30 a.m. and 5:15-5:45 p.m.
  • November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL