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!


  • 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 - 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.


  • 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. 


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.

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