Week of August 19th

What are we learning this week?

Math: This week we are focusing on understanding place value to the millions place. Below I have highlighted the two standards this week’s whole group and small group instruction will center around. Hopefully the explanations with the standard help you understand what your student will be working on!

MGSE.4.NBT.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.

This standard calls for students to extend their understanding of place value related to multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10. In this standard, students should reason about the magnitude of digits in a number. Students should be given opportunities to reason and analyze the relationships of numbers that they are working with.


How is the 2 in the number 582 similar to and different from the 2 in the number 528?

MGSE4.NBT.2 Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

This standard refers to various ways to write numbers. Students should have flexibility with the different number forms. Traditional expanded form is 285 = 200 + 80 + 5. Written form is two hundred eighty-five. However, students should have opportunities to explore the idea that 285 could also be 28 tens plus 5 ones or 1 hundred, 18 tens, and 5 ones.

Students should also be able to compare two multi-digit whole numbers using appropriate symbols.

Please check out the parent video and letter, full of great information provided by CCSD on my Parent Resource blog page.

Unit of Inquiry: We are continuing our work with our Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry this week. This week’s focused line of inquiry is “The roles of ecosystems affect the energy in an ecosystem”. We will be looking at how this relates to our central idea, “Roles, individuals, and events create change”. We will continue discussing informational text structures and how to structure informational writing. This week we will also begin reading groups for in depth, student specific reading instruction.

What dates do I need to know?

Tuesday, August 20th – Spirit Night at Wing Factory – 5-7pm

Friday, August 23rd – All Pro Dads 7am

Wednesday, August 28th – Early Release Day for Teacher Professional Development (Students are dismissed 2 hours early.)

Thursday, August 29th – IB Information & PTA Meeting – 6:15pm


Week of August 12th

What are we learning this week?

Math: This week we will work together to understand how our math workstation rotations will work. Students will practice partner games, independent work, guided math with the teacher, and using technology appropriately in line with our classroom expectations. We are also starting the first unit of math content, which centers around understanding place value. Please check out the parent video and letter, full of great information provided by CCSD on my Parent Resource blog page.

Unit of Inquiry: We are kicking off our first Unit of Inquiry this week. Check out our theme, central idea, and lines of inquiry below for this unit.

Within our unit, we will be discussing informational text structure and how to structure informational writing.

What dates do I need to know?

Tuesday, August 13th – ASP Open House 4pm-6pm

Friday, August 23rd – All Pro Dads 7am

Successful First Days!

Wow! What a great first two days we had in room 301!

We spent our time together learning about each other, working as a team, and learning routines and procedures.

A few announcements and reminders:

  1. Please complete and return the Clinic Card and the Family Information Guide papers from the Cobb County First Day Folders.
  2. Your student’s ClassDojo code should be in their Communication Folder. Please make sure you sign up using the code so you will have access to their behavior reports and easy messaging back and forth with me.
  3. Follow us on Instagram! I’ve already posted a few pictures from our first days together!

Looking forward to a full week of fun and learning starting on Monday!

Off to a GREAT Start!

It was so wonderful to see everyone who was able to make it to Kickoff Orientation this afternoon! I know this year is going to be amazing, and I can’t wait to see those CARING, PRINCIPLED THINKERS on Thursday morning! A few things to follow up on that were discussed today:

  1. If you were not able to complete the Parent Information Form, please complete before Thursday morning: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLbvepL-xH_BInO7oFnTx5S1URDlWMk1QU0pBWktERUNaUkc3T1hBOThFSi4u
  2. Here is the link to the PTA & PAWS Foundation videos from today: https://youtu.be/WfCm6Z8h3GM . Please watch this since I could not access the link correctly during Kickoff today!
  3. If you haven’t already, please submit your email to subscribe to our class blog. It has information that is regularly updated about what’s going on in room 301! This way, you won’t miss a thing!
  4. Follow our class on Instagram: @couvsclass. The link on the blog home page will send you right there.
  5. Again, thank you for being a part of the best school community around. I am so grateful to teach your students!

Questions?? Send an email to lindsay.couvillion@cobbk12.org and I’ll get back to you ASAP!