Before the Thanksgiving holidays, we began reviewing the process of multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. We viewed the videos below to help us understand how we use the values of the digits to multiply. Ask your child to teach you how to do this type of multiplication. If he/she can teach it to you, then you know he/she has learned it!
Many, many thanks to the parents who came and shared their job expertise with our students! I know the day was fast and furious, but it was very informative!
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 Tuesday, October 24 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 Monday, October 9. Please include your name, student connection, career, phone #, and preferred presentation time (morning 9:30-11:30 or afternoon 1:00-3:00). We will get in touch with you once we determine a specific schedule. Thank you for taking an interest in our students’ futures!
NO CAREER OR JOB IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL!
Thursday, Sept. 21- Fall pictures will be taken. Ordering information will be sent home on Monday.
Friday, Sept. 22- Book orders due. You may order online, send exact cash, or send a check made payable to Scholastic Book Club.
Also on Friday, the multiplication fact re-test will be given. Students who score below a 90 will receive a homework packet of fact practice pages the next week.
Tuesday: Field Trip to see MatheMagic! at the Belcher Center. Buses will leave at 11:30. Wear a WO shirt and bring a sack lunch & drink!
Friday: X Fact Test over ALL facts! This one is for a grade!
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!
**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:
StudyJams Expanded Form:
Games for place value models, identifying digits & values, expanded form, and comparing & ordering:
Practice reading & writing large numbers:
A smorgasbord of place value lessons, videos, & games (THANK YOU MRS. LAMAR 🙂 !!)