Share your career!

We’re looking for a few good people…

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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!

Week of Sept. 18-22

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.

 

Decomposing Fractions

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.

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Decimals

This week we’ve begun studying decimals.  Our study of decimals includes:

  • Representing decimal numbers (tenths & hundredths) using base ten blocks and money
  • Writing decimal numbers in standard, word, and expanded form
  • Comparing and ordering decimals through hundredths
  • Relating decimals to fractions (tenths & hundredths)
  • Determining decimals as points on a number line
  • Adding & subtracting decimals (including money)

Here are some links that your child can use to practice decimal skills:

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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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