Week of December 2-6

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I have enjoyed hearing all of the stories about what the students did over the break. My family had a restful break, but I was ready to come back and see everyone.

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

This week we are beginning our division unit. Students will be learning how to estimate quotients and divide 3 digit dividends using the partial quotients method. There will be several opportunities to practice and master this method. It will help prepare them for using the standard algorithm.

Homework: Students have been given a Weekly Math Review. Please have them complete the appropriate column each night and return the next day. There are times where students will have time in class to work on homework, but it will need to be checked by someone at home that night.

5th Grade

We are continuing operations with decimals and practicing for mastery. Students will also begin solving multi-step problems that involve operations of decimals.

Homework: Students have been given a Weekly Math Review. Please have them complete the appropriate column each night and return the next day. There are times where students will have time in class to work on homework, but it will need to be checked by someone at home that night.

Week of November 18-22

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take a few moments to tell you how grateful I am for your kiddos. Each day is something new and exciting. I appreciate their effort, amazing attitudes, and fun personalities. I love their stories they share and the ideas they bring to class. They are the reason I LOVE my job!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving break making special memories.

Hair Raising Math Lab

Last week 5th grade calculated how many strands of hair it would take to suspend their weight from scaffolding. We are shocked with the results!

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

We are continuing multiplying large numbers (3 digit by 3 digit) using the standard algorithm. Students will be completing a Thanksgiving math lab this week. For homework, they have a nightly review sheet practicing multiplication of larger numbers.

5th Grade

Students are practicing solving a variety of problems using the operations of decimals. They will have a test on Wednesday that will cover all operations of decimals. Students will only have homework on Monday and Tuesday. This will be a short practice of dividing with decimal numbers.

Week of November 4-8

Cobb Academic Division

Have you checked out these amazing videos and resources for parents from the Cobb Academic Division? This site contains amazing explanations and examples for each of the standards. It is also a great place to check out the standards your child will be learning next year. 4th and 5th grades are currently in Unit 2.

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

This week will continue to master multiplying multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm. We will have several opportunities to practice. There will be a small quiz on Friday that covers multiplication of larger numbers.

5th Grade

This week students will completing two math labs! In the first lab, students will be planning a family trip and keeping up with a budget.  The second lab will consist of an experiment and a lot of calculations involving decimals.

Are You All In?

Are you “ALL IN?”

Now is your chance. If you haven’t considered making a donation to the Mt. Bethel Foundation, tomorrow is the last day. The MBES Foundation has provided so many learning opportunities, trainings for staff, amazing programs, and much, much more!

Check them out on Instagram and on their webpage!

Week of October 27-November 1

What an exciting week we have planned! We have officially kicked it into high gear, and the students have been so excited to share different strategies they know to help others. I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they are putting it all together.

 

 

This Wednesday is a Walton Cluster Family Night. Enjoy the extra time of no homework making amazing memories together. I also hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

 

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

We are transitioning to using the standard algorithm to multiply multi-digit numbers. Students will discuss the connection between the area model, distributive property, and the standard algorithm. They will be playing games and solving multi-step word problems that involve multiplication. There will be a multiplication test next Wednesday/Thursday (depending on your child’s Target day).

5th Grade

Students have been using all operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) with decimal numbers. This week they have learned how to divide numbers when the decimal is found in the divisor. There have been several practice activities in class to help reach mastery.

Next week students will have TWO math labs back-to-back! Wow!! In the first lab, they will be planning a family vacation to Orlando with a given budget. The second lab requires a classroom experiment, so attendance is critical. Students will find it much easier to complete if they are able to rely on their group members.

Week of October 21-25

Congratulations!

Big shout out to 5th graders, Aaron and Minh!! They attended the Walton Math Fest this past weekend and placed in the Top 10. We are so proud of you!!

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

We will learning how to multiply large whole numbers using the area model and partial products. Be expecting a little more homework this week starting on Tuesday for extra practice. Students will be having a short quiz on Friday to check for understanding.

5th Grade

We are dividing large whole numbers with multi-digit divisors. There will be a little more homework this week for extra practice. Depending on their Target day, students will be having a short quiz on Thursday or Friday to check for understanding.

MBES Foundation Patron Drive

The Foundation Patron Drive is here!

Last week your child should have received the 2019-2020 Patron Drive Packet from Mt. Bethel’s Foundation. I encourage you to review the information to see how your donation works to support your student’s elementary experience.

The Foundation provides Mt. Bethel with enrichment programs, STEAM and technology instructors, teacher training, and technology not covered by the Cobb County budget.

Please consider supporting…

Week of October 7-11

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

We will be starting the week with the Properties of Multiplication and Division Rules. Students will be able to identify them and give examples of each. Then we will be moving on to learn about the difference between factors and multiples. Students will also learn how to determine if a number is a prime number or composite number.

Students will have their final fact fluency test on Friday. After Friday, XtraMath is no longer required by me. I will leave student accounts active if they wish to continue to practice.

5th Grade

Students are learning a variety of ways/strategies to divide large whole numbers. They are modeling division using the distributive property and solving using partial quotient. Next week, we will be returning to solving problems using the standard algorithm. They will need to see the connections between partial quotient and the standard algorithm. How and why does it work?

There will be a short quiz covering these strategies early next week. (Exact date to be determined.)

Conferences

If anyone would like me to attend their child’s conference, please let me know. If I am unavailable at that time, feel free to schedule a separate conference with me. I will be giving each teacher a for that will give you a snapshot on your child’s progress in here. This will be given to you at conferences. Please let me konw if you have any questions or concerns.

Week of September 30-October 4

Happy Fall! Hope everyone had a wonderful break. I’ve enjoyed hearing about all of your adventures and stories. It sounds like our breaks were full of travels, fun play dates, and new puppies!

Our Week in a Nutshell

4th Grade:

We started off the week completing our first 3-Act Task called “Array-bow of Colors”. Students used observations, prior knowledge, and other mathematically thinking to predict how many Skittles it took to fill up a jar. Some of us are really good at making those predictions!

We will begin the Unit 2- Multiplication & Division of Whole Numbers. Students will be calculating these using equations, arrays, and area models. Being able to quickly recall basic multiplication facts will help your child significantly in this unit. Please continue to practice and review these facts. (Please note: We will not be using the standard algorithm to solve these problems at first. We will be making that connection once the other strategies are mastered.)

Check out the Parent Overview for Unit 2.

5th Grade

We started off the week completing a 3-Act Task called “The Peach”. Students used observations, prior knowledge, and other mathematically thinking to determine the weight of a peach on a balance scale. 

We are moving into Division of Whole Numbers. Students will be learning about dividing using partial quotients. From there, we will begin making the transition to the standard algorithm. Be expecting a little more homework being sent home starting next week. The rest of this unit typically requires a little more practice for mastery.

Mt. Bethel Foundation Drive

The Mt. Bethel Foundation Drive begins this week! Please consider donating to this amazing foundation. They have provided countless resources and trainings to better the students’ educational experience. Even AC Math is impacted daily with the support from the foundation.

Thank you Mt. Bethel Foundation for everything you do!

Week of September 16-20

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

Addition/Subtraction Test will be on Tuesday.  The best way to prepare for this is to give them practice problems to solve. They should be adding and subtracting with numbers up to a million. The hardest for them right now is subtracting across zeros. (For example, 20,000-9,437.)  For the remainder of the week we will be doing extension activities and reteaching where needed.

5th Grade

Students are using their new multiplication skills to help develop an upcoming resort. This math lab will be due on Wednesday. I will also be pulling small groups to help students who are struggling with using the standard algorithm to multiply larger numbers. These students have been sent home work to be corrected and resubmitted. All corrected work is due no later than Wednesday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION-

Corrections– Any assignment that has a blue stamp for corrections can be resubmitted for a better grade. Please take that opportunity to help your child make the corrections. Please have the corrections returned within a week of receiving graded papers.

If a correction paper is sent home for a test, ALL parts of the correction sheet must be completed to receive credit.

Missing Work– There are several students who have assignments missing. Most of them are assignments that were sent home to be completed because they were not finished in class. Students are forgetting to do them or turn them in. Any work that is not turned in the next day is considered late and will have late points deducted.