# December Happenings

Only a few short weeks until the end of the year. Whew, hold on-this month will go by quickly.

Math:

4th graders are working hard on their multiplication facts and word problems. PLEASE, work with your child on their fast fact fluency. This makes a HUGE difference in their ability to successfully compute the math problems. I do give partial credit but it’s more about their confidence and frustration levels.

5th grade is reviewing fractions of all shapes and sizes. We are comparing fractions, reducing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Word problems with fractions are also in the mix. Fact fluency helps with 5th grade as well. Being able to convert improper to proper fractions requires this skill. PLEASE work with your child to get those facts down.

Every Friday we have a Fast Fact Fluency Friday Quiz. They students have 5 minutes to answer as many 0-12 multiplication problems as possible. This is not for a grade, just for practice. If half the class gets their high score then we have a donut party on Monday morning. For students that get their high score, they can choose from a hole punch, positive note home or a piece of candy. We change it up each week. π

We are finishing up our DRAs, working on Main Idea, Inferencing and predictions. Highlighting and underlining to find evidence is the main focus. Please ask your student about the books they are reading. Books make a great holiday gift for your child. π

Our new read aloud is because of mr. terrupt by Rob Buyea

Mrs. Poe loves to read the book to our students.

Writing:

4th grade is finishing up their unit on Opinion

5th is finishing up their unit on Informational

Science:

We have completed out unit on Producers, Consumers and Decomposers. We had a Watershed Presentation by Cobb County Water and learned more about habitats and Eco-systems during our in-school field trip. So cool!

yes, that is a real corn snake. EEEEK! π