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# Week 25, Feb 24-27

February 23, 2020 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

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4th Grade Math: This week we will continue our decimal work with tenths and hundredths. This week we will compare decimals, write them different ways (as a fraction, word form, and expanded form), and look at decimals in relationship with money. The tricky part of decimals is differentiating between the tenths and the hundredths.

3rd Grade Math: This week we will be comparing fractions by determining their size in relationship with 1/2 and 1 whole and when the fractions are one unit fraction away from a whole. This last one is tricky because they have understood that the smaller the denominator is, the larger the fraction piece is and have used that information to help them compare. However, when comparing fractions like 3/4 and 7/8, we are now looking at how far away from one whole each of them are. 3/4 is 1/4 away from a whole which is a pretty big piece, and 7/8 is only 1/8 away from a whole which is a smaller piece and means that 7/8 is larger because its closer to a whole. In your car this week, give fractions and have them determine which one is larger! This week we will also look at fractions in measurement and fractions of a group.

In projects, groups had a great week planning, designing, and creating their own volcano. They used a water bottle, clay, paint, and other materials to create a one of a kind volcano that they got to explode on Thursday. See attached pictures. This week we will begin our 2 week unit on erosion and how different variables impact the rate of erosion. Thank you for studying vocabulary words with your child, I can tell they have been working hard!

In writing, students published their second opinion masterpiece. I am so impressed with the growth they made over the course of this writing genre! On Thursday, students also completed a post assessment to show their knowledge of the basic opinion writing components. Students were given a prompt and instructed to write an opinion paper from start to finish, without any guidance or peer assistance. I am still grading these but I have high hopes that our kids ended the trimester on a high note! Now that we’re in Trimester 3, we’ll be studying informative essays and have a lot of fun with research, writing and presenting these papers.

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