4th Graders will take the STAAR Writing test tomorrow, March 28.
It is important that students be at school on time!
Students should plan to bring lunch from home in the morning or purchase lunch from the cafeteria. No outside food or drink will be allowed tomorrow OR Wednesday (5th gr. is STAAR testing on Wednesday). Visitors for lunch will not be permitted on campus on March 28-29.
Students may bring a healthy snack (no sticky or messy fingers!), mint gum or candy mints, and one sealed bottle of room-temperature water. Any other drink will not be allowed.
Because the use of technology is not allowed on testing days, I will be unable to check email or phone messages. If you have a message that needs to get to me or your child, please call the Intermediate office (903/291-2101) and they will deliver the message.
We have begun our fractions unit, and one of the first skills we are learning about is how to decompose a fraction. Until recently, “decompose” was a word that I applied to science–not math! “Decompose” means to break down or break apart into smaller parts, and I’ve learned that we can apply that word in math, too! Parents–we did learn this in school, BUT–we just didn’t use the same vocabulary. Below are a couple of sites that provide the students with practice decomposing fractions. The Khan Academy site also has a video included on the right side in case the students (or the parents) want to know more about the skill. 🙂 Just click on the picture and that will take you directly to the practice.
It is important that students comprehend the question that is being asked in a word problem. Kids can no longer rely on “key words” to know how to solve a problem. The video below shows why students need to BEWARE OF KEY WORDS!
In this process of division, students divide using whole number place value instead of just using the digits. We began working on this yesterday, and many students find that it is much easier than the traditional steps of long division.
Book club order forms were sent home this week. Remember there are two ways to order: 1) you may pay with a credit or debit card by ordering online–just click on the picture or this link, Scholastic Book Club, and use our class code GZBP9, or 2) return the order form to school with payment. CASH payments must be EXACT CHANGE, and CHECKS must be payable to SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB.
ALL ORDERS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18.
We are working hard to learn the process of long division. Here are a couple of videos that we’ve watched in class:
Click below for a link to 5 websites that can be used to practice long division.
It is extremely important for 4th grade students to be fluent with their multiplication facts. Students may use the XtraMath program to help improve their multiplication and division fact fluency. We try to work on this every day in class, but it may also be done at home.