White Oak ISD Updated Covid-19 Mitigation/Protocols: May 10, 2021
On May 10, 2021 the White Oak Board of Trustees voted unanimously to make the wearing of masks optional for students and staff on the campuses of White Oak ISD. This Covid-19 Mitigation/Protocol change will go into effect immediately for all afterschool activities and on the morning of Wednesday, May 12 for students and staff during the school day.
White Oak ISD will remain vigilant in regard to Covid-19 and continue to sanitize, social distance when feasible, and utilize other strategies as we close out the school year.
White Oak ISD will also allow visitors for ‘specific events’ on campus and ask that those in attendance follow any specific guidance requested by administration at the campus level.
It is our goal to close out the school year in a fashion that allows some ‘normalcy’ for our students, staff and parents. We appreciate your continued support of White Oak ISD!
Mrs. Odom has written a grant on Donor’s Choose asking for some literature books that can be used in both of our classes for character education discussions. She is only $89 from being fully funded! Please consider donating to this worthy project–it’s tax-deductible! Just click on the picture below!
This past Thursday, the students in Mrs. Hunter’s math classes combined with students in Mrs. Odom’s math classes to complete a STEM activity: creating Easter egg catapults. Each pair or group was given rubber bands, craft sticks, a plastic spoon, an Easter egg, and about 30 minutes to create their catapults. Both teachers were amazed at the amount of engineering that took place during that short amount of time–and the kids had lots of fun too!
In our study of fractions, the manipulatives that we use in class are pattern blocks and fraction tiles. The picture below will take you to a website where the kids can use fraction tiles and circles to make all kinds of discoveries such as equivalent fractions, adding/ subtracting fractions, modeling & identifying improper fractions & mixed numbers, and comparing & ordering fractions. Not only can the fraction pieces on the site be moved or manipulated, but there is also a work space with a drawing tool that the kids can use to write the equations or fractions that they’ve modeled. They can then take a picture of their work and email it, or even post it on their blog! To check it out, click on the picture of the fraction tiles below.
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 and Nearpod sites have videos included 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.
Click below for links 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. Logging on at home is a little different than logging in at school. If you need instructions on how to log in from home, please email me at [email protected].