Fractions

Our class was introduced to fractions today. We learned about various parts of a whole, numerators, and denominators. We will be spending the rest of the duration of this week doing hands-on activities in order to get a full grasp on this concept. Below is a video that I showed students today to get them using fraction vocabulary. Enjoy!

 

Multiplication and Division Practice


Many parents have come to me and wondered how they can help their child at home to practice their basic multiplication and division facts. There are several websites I like that allow review of both single and two digit multiplication, as well as division practice. Remember that when your child can memorize their multiplication facts, division will be much easier. Our new STAAR test will be a timed, four hour test so any way you can help your child get quicker at their math facts will be a great help to them come test time. For multiplication practice, you can go on www.numbernut.com. If you want to work on division, a fun site is www.shepphardsoftware.com. Once you’re child is done practicing, they can listen to the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins and put their division skills to use!

Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

Today was Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day. Moebius Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that is present at birth and affects the 6th and 7th cranial nerves. Our classmate, Olivia, talked to the 3rd grade today about her life story. She was joined by her mother and cheering section of family. Olivia was a natural as she spoke to us about her beginning hurdles and then triumphs with this syndrome. We love you Olivia and are your biggest fans!

Recognizing Coins

This is a video I have shown my class this week from SchoolTube, which is similar to YouTube. I love this website because it provides educational videos to students in a safe manner. The children really love this song because it is helping them to remember the important details on the head and tail side of coins, and most importantly…the video is kid-friendly! Now the children can play it as much as they want to at home!

4th Six Weeks

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be working on this six weeks:

*Multiplication and Division Fact Families

*Identifying and Counting Money

*Rounding and Estimating

*Measurement

*Please remember that all concepts are spiraled throughout the year, meaning we will continue to review all concepts that have been previously taught.

Reading Skills

*Sequencing

*Infer/Predict

*Prefixes and Suffixes

*Drawing Conclusions

Grammar

*Verb Tenses

*Commas in a Series

Progress reports and graded work will be sent home Wednesday, January 25.  The 4th six weeks ends on Friday, February 17.  Report cards and graded work will be sent home on Thursday, February 23.

Holiday Reminders

As we are all getting ready for our Christmas vacation, there are a few important events that need to be remembered-

  • Cookie dough arrives Thursday, December 8.
  • Wrapped Christmas puzzles are due Wednesday, December 14.
  • Individual Christmas party supplies (listed on flyer that went home) due Thursday, December 15.
  • Christmas party at the White Oak Community Center Friday, December 16 from 8:30-10:30.
  • 11:30 dismissal December 15-16.

Rounding

Our class has begun learning about rounding numbers this week. Just like with subtraction, we are using a fun rhyme to guide us through the steps of successfully rounding numbers. Be sure to visit  O’Malley’s Podcasts to download and print out the rhyme at home. You can also print out a handy rounding chart. Try to see if your child can teach YOU what each step involves. You’ll be very impressed!