Share your career!

We’re looking for a few good people…


Do you love what you do?  Does your job involve the use of any math skills?  Are you interested in sharing some details about your career with our 4th grade students?

We’re getting ready to begin a project-based learning unit that allows our students to discover the uses of math in the real world, and we are looking for some guest speakers to share some information about their careers.   We hope to host a Career Day on October 6 to introduce the students to a variety of professions that involve the use of math.  Each guest will be given 20-30 minutes to introduce his/her occupation, discuss its relationship with math, and have a short question & answer session.

If you (or someone you know) would be willing to share your job expertise, send me an email ([email protected]no later than Wednesday, September 14.  Please include your name, student connection, career, phone #, and preferred presentation time (morning 8:30-10:00 or afternoon 1:00-2:30).  We will get in touch with you once we determine a specific schedule.  Thank you for taking an interest in our students’ futures!


Place Value

**The X quiz that we took today over the squares & 2’s has been checked and passed back.  Please sign and return it to school tomorrow.  Our next X Quiz will be on Wednesday over the squares, 2’s & 5’s, and then Friday over the squares, 2’s, 5’s, & 3’s.


We are currently working on learning to read, write, and expand numbers up to the hundred billions.  We are using this place value rap to help us!  We will have a quiz over labeling the places in a place value chart on Friday this week.

Here are some other links that can help with place value:  

StudyJams Place Value:  

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StudyJams Expanded Form:

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Games for place value models, identifying digits & values, expanded form, and comparing & ordering:

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Practice reading & writing large numbers:

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A smorgasbord of place value lessons, videos, & games (THANK YOU MRS. LAMAR  🙂 !!)

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Multiplication Facts

A letter about our multiplication fact quiz schedule was sent home today.  Please sign the bottom portion and return it to school.  You may keep the top portion of the letter to remind you of the quiz dates.  

The majority of math-related stress in 4th grade students comes from the lack of knowledge of the basic multiplication facts.  It is EXTREMELY important that students become fluent in their facts so they can concentrate and spend time on the process of HOW to solve a problem, and not just spend all of their time trying to do the computation of the problem. 

Students may use the link to the Reflex Math program below and log-in their lunch number.  This program is designed to help kids improve their fact fluency.

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Below are some practice links to Quizlet.  Clicking on a link below will allow many options to practice a set of facts:  Flashcards, Learn, Test, Scatter, & Space Race.

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Virtual Fraction Manipulatives

We have been working on finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions in math.  Some of 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!  It is also a wonderful resource to use when working on fraction homework!  To check it out, click on the picture of the fraction tiles below.

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Math homework this week

Math homework was given to all classes today and will be due on Thursday of this week.  If, for some reason, your child doesn’t make it home with the homework, you can re-print the homework at home–just click on the “Printing Homework at Home” link on the right side of my blog for the instructions.  The homework this week is to practice converting a mixed number to an improper fraction.  The picture below shows one of the processes that we’ve used in class–MAD Mixed Numbers!

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Math HOMEWORK this week!

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Today the students were given a division practice page to complete at home.  They are to show the steps of long division, and then use multiplication to check their work (on the notebook paper that was given).  There are only 9 problems, and the assignment is due no later than Thursday.

If the assignment gets misplaced and you need to print another one, you may click on the box on the right-hand side of my blog for instructions on how to print the homework at home.

Multiplying with Area Models

Parents,  I’ve given the kids a homework assignment–to teach YOU how to multiply using area models (base-ten blocks).  Unless you are an upper elementary math teacher or you’ve had a 4th grader in the last few years, you most likely have no idea what I’m talking about!  Learning how to use the “old school” algorithm to solve a problem is no longer enough.  The kids have to be able to explain the process of WHY that “old school” algorithm works. Using area models is a way for kids to picture and see what is really happening within a multiplication problem.  Just in case you need some clarification on your child’s “teaching”, here are 2 videos that we used in class.  🙂