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Week of October 9, 2017

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Our class would love to borrow any games or models that in any way use/show gravity and the forces of push and pull.  Examples are labyrinths, Perplexus, Suspend games, Jenga, race tracks, and marble mazes.  They will be sent home in about two weeks.
Tea bags – 2 large boxes for tea staining our explorer journals
Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, October 13 – Spelling test 5 (see below)
Friday, October 13 – Explorer Test
Friday, October 20 – Wordly Wise – unit 5 vocabulary test

We are returning to our study of multiplication strategies this week.  We will review area model,Image result for area model

learn the strategy of partial product which is area model without the boxes,Image result for partial product

and then spend a week learning to multiply two 2 digit numbers fluently using the traditional algorithm.Image result for 2 digit multiplication

The traditional method is a 5th grade standard that is being covered in AC 4th grade math.  Students need to be fluent with their multiplication strategies.  Please take some time to quiz them on the tables through 9 to help with this unit.

We will begin studying informational text for the next few weeks.  This week we will cover text features and how they help us better understand informational texts.

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Toward the end of this week and next week, we will begin identifying main ideas in informational text and using the main ideas to write a summary of a nonfiction passage.

We will be finishing unit 5 of Wordly Wise this week.   There is a link to games they may use to study on the link above called “Wordly Wise and AR .”  The test will be Friday, October 20 on definitions.

This week will be a review of the 40 spelling words we have covered so far.  The test on Friday will include 20 words, but the students should be prepared to spell all 40 words.  The words are located on the Spelling link on the blog as well as in their spelling notebooks.

Students will be working this week on finishing an Explorer’s Journal.  They have created a persona that worked on the ship of one of the explorers we are studying.  The rough draft is due Tuesday.  The final draft should be ready to be tea-stained by Friday.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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Our next unit will be Force and Motion.  We will begin this week by exploring the actions of force, motion, push and pull, and gravitational pull.  These are the main concepts covered in the unit is addition to simple machines.

Please send in any games or toys you have at home that the students can explore this week to begin this unit.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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This week we will finish our study of the explorers of North America.  Students should be able to explain the explorers’ goals, obstacles, and accomplishments as well as which countries sponsored the explorations.

The test on Explorers will be on Friday, October 13.  Students should be studying their notes this week.

This unit concentrates on the North American explorers including Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson.

This unit broadens the students’ understanding and knowledge of the world map including countries in Europe and Central America as well as the Caribbean Sea.

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