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Week 23, Feb. 10-13

February 9, 2020 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

4th Grade Math: This week we started our unit on measurement. This involves converting all types of measurement; weight and mass, liquid capacity, length and time. This is so much for these 4th graders to think about! I feel like they did a great job attacking conversion problems and are becoming much more familiar with how measurement conversion works. This week we will continue to add, subtract, multiply and find fractions of measurement. We will review on Wednesday and take our unit test on Thursday. If your child would like additional practice at home, these ixls match this week’s instruction – IXL N.4-N.8, N.13-N.17.

3rd Grade Math: This week was all about fractions! These kiddos can match fractions with shaded and unshaded parts, decompose fractions using addition and unit fractions, and find fractions equal to 1/2 and 1 whole. Please continue to talk about fractions at home and how they are a part of everyday life. This week will begin to compare fractions and find equivalent fractions. IXLs that match this week’s instruction are X.1 – X.4 and Y.1, Y.2, Y.10, Y.11.

In projects last week, we had some great class discussions about  the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans including tsunamis and earthquakes. Students compared the scientific and engineering methods, then used the engineering method to create an earthquake proof structure. (see pictures below) This week we will continue our study of Earth and human activity by studying what a volcano is, how they are formed, and where they can be found? We will have new vocabulary words to practice for 2 weeks, so please spend a few minutes each night reviewing these words with your child.

In writing, students are deep underway into drafting their second masterpiece. This week students will be strengthening their reasons and examples in addition to revising their topic and concluding sentences. Topic and concluding sentences have been challenging for many students so we will have extra practice incorporating these techniques into our writing this week.

We had a great experience from the District Attorney’s office to learn about the legal system with a trial by jury of Goldilocks. See pictures below.

Reminder: Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year we will not be having a Valentine’s celebration in class. However, if your child would like to bring cards to share with the class on Thursday that would be great. We will pass them out at the end of the day and your child can open them on Friday.  Please be sure to include 24 and make sure to only write who they are from (this streamlines the passing out process).

Dates to Remember:

  • 2/17/20- President’s Day-No School
  • 2/20/20 – End of the 2nd Trimester
  • 2/28/20 – Parent Teacher Conferences, sign-up genius coming out soon