Friday, September 29, 2017

Week In Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Wednesday, October 4th - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.
  • Monday, October 9th - No School
  • October 10th - October 12th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 18th - Missouri Day!
  • Tuesday, October 31st - Halloween Parade (2:20pm) & Halloween Parties (2:40pm).
  • Wednesday, November 1st - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.

Week in Review


Field Day was a blast! Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers who helped make this day possible. More field day photos and videos can be found on our Facebook page.


Math

  • Monday - Multiplication with Arrays and Partial Products
  • Tuesday - Multiplication with Partial Products
  • Wednesday - 3 Digit by 1 Digit Multiplication with the Standard Algorithm (the old school method).
  • Thursday - 4 Digit by 1 Digit Multiplication with the Standard Algorithm.

Important Math Note - It is crucial that students memorize their multiplication and division facts. This fact fluency will help them when solving larger, more complex problems. Please make sure that students are practicing their facts each night. Xtra Math is a great tool. If you'd like more triangle cards for home, I am happy to send those home too!

Science/S.S.

Science - Students are working in the Structures of Life Unit with Mrs. Waters.

Social Studies - Students continued their study of state government. We made fortune teller foldables to practice essential vocabulary. Students also completed a Webquest (an online scavenger hunt) to learn more about the leaders who make up our state government.

Writing

This week students worked with learning progressions (similar to a scoring rubric) to assess the current level of their writing. Then students worked with a partner to lift the level of their writing to the next level. Students published their realistic fiction pieces and completed an "On Demand" write to show what they learned from the unit. This independent piece of writing will help me to determine what writing skills students can transfer on their own.

Reading

This week students continued taking reading assessments to help determine a reading level and reading goal for fiction reading.

On Monday students took the end of unit assessment for our Interpreting Characters unit. Through the rest of the week students practiced lifting the level of their writing about reading with the use of the progressions. Most students worked to move their writing from a level 3 to a level 4. By the end of the week we saw major improvement! Ask your students about a level 4 response.

Remember, students should be reading each night for homework. 30 minutes is what is recommended in 4th grade.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Week In Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Friday, September 29th - Field Day!
  • Friday, September 29th - Flexible Seating Fundraiser at Kendra Scott and Evereve.
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.
  • Monday, October 9th - No School
  • Tuesday October 10th & Thursday October 12th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 10th - October 12th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 18th - Missouri Day!

Week in Review


We had SO MUCH fun at the Bobcat Dash. Thank you to everyone who donated and who helped make this event such a success!


Math

  • Monday - Students learned how to quickly multiply by multiples of 10, 100, and 1000. Students used their snap facts plus their place value understanding to multiply problems like 3 x 700, 4 x 8000, etc.
  • Tuesday -  Students used their place value understanding and prior knowledge to round to estimate products.
  • Wednesday - Students began their study of the distributive property to multiply multi-digit numbers by 1 digit numbers.
  • Thursday - We continued our study of the distributive property and transferred our understanding to an open array. Take a look at the below video to see how we're currently multiplying.


  • Friday - Finally, we wrapped up our week with using compensation to multiply. With compensation students learn to multiply by "easier" numbers and adjust the product as needed. For example, when solving 398 x 4 it would be easier to multiply 400 x 4 and then subtract 2 x 4 from the product.
Important Math Note - It is crucial that students memorize their multiplication and division facts. This fact fluency will help them when solving larger, more complex problems. Please make sure that students are practicing their facts each night. Xtra Math is a great tool. If you'd like more triangle cards for home, I am happy to send those home too!

Science/S.S.

Science - Students are working in the Structures of Life Unit with Mrs. Waters.

Social Studies - On Monday we celebrated Constitution Day with a virtual field trip to Washington DC. Later in the week we continued our our study of State Government by reviewing the 3 branches and working through scenarios of who'd be in charge of situations in our state.

Writing

  • Monday - Students learned to reread their piece with multiple lenses. This revision technique encourages students to reread their piece multiple times, working each time to revise something new.
  • Tuesday - On Tuesday Students learned to really "flesh out their characters". Students studied published authors to learn how they made their characters come to life. Students then applied these techniques in their own writing.
  • Wednesday-Friday - Students ended the week with editing techniques. Students worked from an editing checklist to correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphs and dialogue in their piece. Some students had the opportunity to work with a partner to peer edit. 

Reading

This week students continued taking reading assessments to help determine a reading level and reading goal for fiction reading. 
  • Monday - We learned all about debating! Students practiced finding a controversial idea in the books they are reading and debating their thinking with each other. Students learned the importance of backing up their claim with evidence from the text.
  • Tuesday - Continuing with Monday's idea, students practiced grounding their evidence back in the text to support their ideas.
  • Wednesday - Students learned to look for interactions between main characters and secondary characters. We discussed how these specific interactions can lead to making inferences about the characters in our stories.
  • Thursday - Students were reminded that characters in 4th grade texts are complicated. We learned that they can behave/act one way with one person in the story and completely different with other characters. Noticing this while reading can lead to a deeper understanding of character traits.
  • Friday - Students completed the post assessment for our Interpreting Characters unit.
Remember, students should be reading each night for homework. 30 minutes is what is recommended in 4th grade.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Week in Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

The Bobcat Dash is less than a week away. We have raised $160 towards our class goal of $1,000. Please consider sharing our class page to help us reach our goal - https://barretts.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/b32864c/reg-pages/pledge/mrsw4. We appreciate all of your support!

Important Calendar Dates

  • Friday, September 29th - Field Day!
  • Friday, September 29th - Flexible Seating Fundraiser at Kendra Scott and Evereve.
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.
  • Monday, October 9th - No School
  • Tuesday October 10th & Thursday October 12th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 10th - October 12th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 18th - Missouri Day!

Week in Review

It was another great week in 4th grade! We had our first Guidance Counselor lesson this week. The students enjoyed a walk-and-talk with Mrs. Crupper. In library students also learned more about the Mark Twain Nominees for the 2017-2018 school year. Ask your student about the prizes they can earn for reading them!

Math

  • Monday - More practice with subtracting across zeros. Students learned how to borrow across multiple numbers. Students practiced this independently and in small groups.
  • Tuesday - Our focus was on word problems, especially multi-step word problems. Word problems with various operations will be a focus of ours throughout the year.
  • Wednesday - Review for Unit 1 Test
  • Thursday - Review for Unit 1 Test 
  • Friday - Unit 1 Test 
Looking Ahead: Our next math unit will be multiplication and division. This is our longest unit, it will take us until Winter Break.

Science/S.S.

Science - Students are working in the Structures of Life Unit with Mrs. Waters.

Social Studies - We began our Government unit. This week students reviewed the branches of the federal government, checks and balances, and begun learning about how our State Government works.

Writing

  • Monday - Students continued working on their realistic fiction draft with an emphasis on elaboration. Students learned how to "write the inside story", telling more about what's going on inside their characters' mind.
  • Tuesday - Students studied leads (a.k.a. beginnings) that authors have published. We looked for key things all authors include in a lead and worked to add those characteristics to their own piece.
  • Wednesday - This day was all about setting. Students learned the importance of "turning the lights on" for the reader so they don't feel lost in the story. Students revised for setting.
  • Thursday & Friday - Students ended the week by learning about strong endings in writing. We discussed the importance of making sure our stories have an end that shows our characters' evolution as well as gives the reader a sense of closure.

Reading

This week students continued taking reading assessments to help determine a reading level and reading goal for fiction reading. 
  • Monday - Due to our Guidance Lesson there was no reading lesson this day. Students still spent 45 minutes independently reading and working on assessments.
  • Tuesday - Students learned to look for repeating symbols in texts. This is often done on purpose by the author to hint at a deeper meaning.
  • Wednesday - We practiced using precise, academic language to describe the characters in our stories. Students learned to describe characters with stronger words. For example, instead of sad we might use the word depressed and then prove why that word makes more sense for that character.
  • Thursday - Due to our Library Lesson & checkout time there was no reading lesson this day. Students still spent 45 minutes independently reading and working on assessments. 
  • Friday - Friday was spent finding complications in characters. Students learned that characters are complicated in more than one way depending on the setting, relationship or even moment in the story.
Remember, students should be reading each night for homework. 30 minutes is what is recommended in 4th grade.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Math Unit 1 - Review

Woodpeckers,

You will use the following resources as part of our review stations for the next 2 days. Make you stay in your assigned station during that time.

Remember, you can also access these resources at home for additional practice.

Warm Up - 


Station 1 - Rounding



Station 2 - Expanded Form








Practice - IXL Expanded Form | Mathman - Expanded Form

Station 3 - Adding with the Standard Algorithm







Station 4 - Subtracting with the Standard Algorithm




Practice - Fish Bowl Subtraction | Subtraction Practice | IXL - Fill in the Missing Digits | IXL - Subtraction | IXL - Subtraction Word Problems

Station 5 - Multi Step Word Problems

  1. Log into Pearson.
  2. Watch the "Math Practices & Problem Solving Another Look" video. This will be in your assignments.
  3. Complete the 2-6 Practice Buddy.
*If you finish early, work on your Word Problem packet.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Week in Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Friday, September 29th - Field Day!
  • Friday, September 29th - Flexible Seating Fundraiser at Kendra Scott and Evereve.
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Late Start, Building opens at 10:50am.
  • Monday, October 9th - No School
  • Tuesday October 10th & Thursday October 12th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 10th - October 12th - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 18th - Missouri Day!

Week in Review

We had our first Late Start Day and it was awesome! Students set up their Leadership Binders and began setting goals for the next month. As a team, the 4th grade teachers have decided not to introduce any new curriculum on Late Start Days. We will use these days to focus on reflecting, goal setting, and developing leadership skills.

Students will bring home their Leadership Binders the Friday after a Late Start Day. It is important that you look through what's been added, sign any required pages and return the binder to school on Monday.

Thank you so much for your support with this! 

Math


  • Tuesday - Adding Whole Numbers with the Standard Algorithm
  • Wednesday - Late Start
  • Thursday - Subtracting Whole Numbers with the Standard Algorithm
  • Friday - Subtraction Across Zeros with the Standard Algorithm. Ask your child about the "Magic Penny!". 
Looking Ahead: Our end of unit assessment will happen next Friday, September 15th. Review pages will come home on Monday next week. In the meantime encourage your student to complete Practice Buddies or check out the Math page on our blog.

Science/S.S.

Students are working in the Structures of Life Unit with Mrs. Waters.

Writing


  • Tuesday - Students spent time transferring the scenes they've been writing into a workable draft.
  • Thursday - Students continued drafting. 
  • Friday - Students continued drafting. *We also spent a portion of our writing time with our first grade buddies. 4th graders helped their buddy complete S.A.L.T. applications.

Reading

This week students began taking reading assessments to help determine a reading level and reading goal for fiction reading. 
  • Tuesday - Students learned to develop defensible ideas about the characters in their stories. Students learned the importance of looking for details in the text to support their thinking.
  • Thursday - No mini-lesson due to a Library Lesson with Mrs. Berg-Gardner. Students worked on reading assessments or independent reading.
  • Friday - Students learned to develop inferences about the characters in the books they're reading. Readers start with a text clue, build it up with background knowledge and then add their own thinking about what is going on. 
Remember, students should be reading each night for homework. 30 minutes is what is recommended in 4th grade.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Student Blogger - What Makes a Leader


Hi my name is Ruth and this blog post is about are what makes a leader project that is about showing your classmates some of the things you have to do to be a good leader. 

So how we start the project is you have to think of at least 15 questions to ask somebody who think is a leader for example ( parents , grandparents , brothers ,sisters and many more) and then you will ask the person all your questions. Then you will make a presentation with google slides, animation app on Chromebook and many other choices and you are not just saying every answer your person you interviewed said you are going to say it in a different way to make it say like I learned this or I learned that in order to be proactive and then you have to make sure all of your info is on the presentation. Then you will go over the presentation and make sure everything looks nice then you will present your presentation.

Ruth did a fantastic job of describing our "What Makes a Leader" Project. Students will be presenting their research on Wednesday this week. Stay tuned for student presentations!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Week In Review

Welcome to our Week in Review! Please take the time to check the important calendar dates below and learn more about what we learned in 4th grade this week.

Important Calendar Dates

  • Monday, September 4th - NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
  • Wednesday, September 6th - Late Start, doors will open at 10:50am
  • Thursday, September 14th - JA in a Day, this is an in-school experience for 4th grade.
  • Friday, September 29th - Field Day!

Curriculum Night

If you weren't able to make it to Curriculum Night, or you just need another look, below is the presentation that the 4th grade teachers shared. Please let me know if you have any questions about the information shared here.


Week in Review


Math

This week we continued our study of place value in Topic 1. Students learned how to round numbers and create mathematical arguments using their own thinking and evidence. On Wednesday the Woodpeckers completed the Topic 1 Online Assessment. This short 10 question assessment will help students with their online test taking skills, as well as provide me with valuable data for designing Math Workshop in Topic 2. We finished up the week with our start of Topic 2, Adding & Subtracting. Students learned how mental math can be beneficial when adding or subtracting and also how to use estimation to find approximate answers when doing addition and subtraction.

You can view the Family letter for this unit here. This resource will be housed on the "Math" page of the blog if you should need it in the future.

If you're looking for extra math practice for your student, there are some options you can access at home.

  • Xtra Math is a great tool for practicing basic math facts. Students brought home a handout with login information. It's important that they set up their home account with these directions so that their progress at home will be applied towards their class progress.
  • Pearson Practice Buddies make for a great review of each day's learning. Follow the step-by-step guide to accessing this resource. 

Accessing Pearson Resources from Home

Begin by clicking on the link to Clever.

Students should "Log in with Google" using their Parkway Google Login (the one we use in class).

Click the "Pearson Resources" icon.

Login with your Pearson Login (Username: Parkway Google Username, Password: welcome)

Click on the "Realize" icon.

Click on the "Classes" icon to view any open assignments.

  • On the class Blog there are specific learning tutorials and games based on the learning target we are working on. Students can access these resources by clicking the "Math" page on the blog.

Science/S.S.

Our Science time was still spent working on establishing classroom procedures and routines. Students also spent this time working on their "What Makes a Leader" project. 

Next week students will begin their first science unit. This year each 4th grade teacher will teach one unit and the students will rotate throughout the year. Our class will begin the year with Structures of Life which will be taught by Mrs. Waters.

Writing

This week in writing students continued their work on their narrative stories. We are still in the developing phase. 

Students began the week by looking back at their Narrative Cold Write. A Cold Write is a story the students create before any teaching has been done, sort of a pre-test. Students used a writing progression rubric to self-assess and set goals. Students shared personal writing goals and displayed them on the class goal board.

Next students dove into developing the characters for their stories. Students spent time thinking of character struggles and motivations in order to give the story drama. Using that information students planned a rough outline of the story. We moved closer to drafting later in the week when they began writing scenes for their stories. Students organized these scenes into order and continued to build up their outline. We are not yet drafting, but continuing to build towards the draft. We will begin drafting in writing next week.

Reading



One of our big goals right now in reading is to make sure ALL students can read for 30 minutes non-stop each day. Students' stamina should be increasing as the year progresses. Remember, students should be reading for 30 minutes each night as part of their 4th grade homework. This will also help to build stamina.

This week in reading students completed the SRI reading assessment. This is an early screening tool we use to determine "at-risk" students in reading. We will begin additional testing next week. 

Students learned the importance of envisioning while reading and how to make movies in their minds. We also discussed character traits and practiced finding evidence from the text to support those traits.