**February 13-17th**We are continuing to review multi-digit division and multiplication. I want students to become more comfortable with these strategies.

Fraction work and lessons are continuing this week. This week will focus on review, as well as lessons and work on mixed numbers and improper fractions. I have been pulling small group reteach lessons as students have felt the need. This is really helping students become more confident in the concepts. Students will have a quiz on Friday of the fraction concepts taught thus far.

__This will include:__

- finding equivalent fractions

- simplifying fractions

- comparing fractions

- finding a common denominator to compare fractions

- adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators

**January 23-27th**Please see below for additional resources to help practice basic facts. Each week, I will be "quizzing" students on multiplication basic facts. The goal is for students to be fluent in their facts. Over the next five weeks, students should be improving in efficiency and accuracy with multiplication facts. We will be charting the progress in agendas.

Practice of equivalent fractions will continue next week. We will begin comparing fractions using various methods. We will look at visual representations, as well as comparing fractions in word problems.

We will also continue practice with long division.

Parents,

As you know, we are really working on the basic facts for multiplication and division. These are critical in all topics covered this year. Subtraction is critical as well. Here are some worksheets that you can print for your child if you are interested in another way to practice basic multiplication facts. In class, we also use dice and playing cards to practice facts. Students play a game like War. For example, they roll two dice and have to find the product of the two numbers before the other person.

As you know, we are really working on the basic facts for multiplication and division. These are critical in all topics covered this year. Subtraction is critical as well. Here are some worksheets that you can print for your child if you are interested in another way to practice basic multiplication facts. In class, we also use dice and playing cards to practice facts. Students play a game like War. For example, they roll two dice and have to find the product of the two numbers before the other person.

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**January 16-20th**Today, we began fractions. We reviewed how to name fractions. Then, we used the manipulatives to find equivalent fractions. We will continue to work on naming fractions and finding equivalent fractions.

The math test came home today. We reviewed the test in class today so that students could see the correct errors and how the equations were solved. I encourage students to review the missed problems and continue practicing these concepts at home. If you need a copy of the test, please let me know and I will make a copy and return it back home.

**January 9-20th**Students took the test on multiplication and division word problems and how to interpret remainders. Tomorrow, I will teach them the traditional algorithm. This is the method that most of us were taught in elementary school. Students will then be able to choose which strategy they prefer to use.

Next week, we will begin fractions. We will look at equivalent fractions first. I will also be assessing students on their multiplication basic facts.

**December 19-20th:**The winter break is almost upon us! We have been working on partial quotients over the last week. Students have an example in the front of their agenda and in their math journal. I have also included detailed steps below for your reference. I have been telling students that we did not learn division this way so you may not be able to fully help explain the steps. I told them to try what they can and let me know the next morning.

**December 12-16th**

Students have a retake quiz on partial products on Monday. Because I was out the day the quiz was originally given, some students seem to have confusion and I wasn't there to answer questions. Your child had a chance to go over their original quiz and talk through what is needed to improve their grade on the quiz this Monday.

Next week we will focus on long division using partial quotients and patterns.

**December 5-9th**This week, we are moving from multiplication to division. Last week, I gave students a review on division basic facts. Many students are struggling with these facts so I am encouraging them to practice at home nightly. Basic subtraction facts are also critical in division.

Today, we began reviewing nonnumeric patterns. We will continue to look at patterns and identifying rules for number patterns. In addition, we are reviewing finding the area of rectangles. Also, finding the area of a figure that contains more than one rectangle. I will be reviewing this concept throughout the week.

__November 28 - December 2nd__

Welcome back! I hope that your family had a great Thanksgiving. I definitely enjoyed the time with Wyatt and my family.

Students have a quiz on Thursday on 2-digit by 2-digit partial products multiplication. Originally the quiz was scheduled for Friday, but that is our school STEM day. Students have spent the last two days practicing in class and have been provided the opportunity to attend a reteach lesson each day. In addition, students have notes in their math journal on the process of solving 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication. Below I have also included an example of the area model and partial products method.

**November 7-11th**-There will be a quiz this Friday on 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication using partial products. We have been practicing this since last week.

-Students will be learning 3-digit by 1-digit this week as well. Some students have already challenged themselves as they master 2-digit by 1-digit in class.

-Homework: you will notice that students don't have homework each night. This is intentional so that students are focusing on multiplication facts on those nights. Please follow up with your child on these nights to see how they are doing with their facts.

**October 24-28th**This week we are continuing to practice multiplication facts for fluency. As we move into larger numbers at the end of the week, knowing these facts is critical. Today we took notes on the vocabulary words

*factor, prime,*and

*composite.*The meanings and examples of these terms are in your child's Math journal. During the week, we will continue to review these concepts while moving into arrays and multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. We will look at representing the multiplication equations with group drawings, as well as breaking the numbers apart to multiply them. Your child's agenda will reflect the work and examples as the week progresses. Please let me know if you have any questions about how the strategies work.

**October 17-21**This unit relies heavily on the quick knowledge of basic multiplication facts. It is very important that your child is practicing these at home regularly to become fluent. This week we are continuing to practice identifying factor pairs of a given number. I have shown students a couple different strategies for finding a factor. In addition, we are working on interpreting a multiplication equation as a comparison. For example: 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5.

__October 3-7__

I hope you had an excellent Fall Break. I thoroughly enjoyed the days off with my son and the time to be outside!

This week will focus on more practice with perimeter and area. In addition, we will review all of the concepts taught in this unit- place value, rounding, addition and subtraction with regrouping, and comparing numbers.

A unit test will be given on Friday, October 7th. We will review Wednesday and Thursday.

September 19-23

This week focuses on perimeter and area. With a field trip on Wednesday and STEM day on Friday, the week is quick and short. After two days of extensive perimeter lessons, I will pull small groups upon return from Fall break to reteach as needed before an assessment that week. Students completed an addition and subtraction facts "quiz". I was impressed with the number of people that finished in under 5 minutes. This came home in graded papers folder today for you to reference. This was not taken for an actual grade, but as a tool for students to see where they still need to practice. I am encouraging students to get on the xtramath site throughout the week at home. This would be a great thing to do over fall break for a few minutes. As students master addition and subtraction, they will move to multiplication. This will benefit them in the coming months.

This week focuses on perimeter and area. With a field trip on Wednesday and STEM day on Friday, the week is quick and short. After two days of extensive perimeter lessons, I will pull small groups upon return from Fall break to reteach as needed before an assessment that week. Students completed an addition and subtraction facts "quiz". I was impressed with the number of people that finished in under 5 minutes. This came home in graded papers folder today for you to reference. This was not taken for an actual grade, but as a tool for students to see where they still need to practice. I am encouraging students to get on the xtramath site throughout the week at home. This would be a great thing to do over fall break for a few minutes. As students master addition and subtraction, they will move to multiplication. This will benefit them in the coming months.

__September 12-16th__

Students worked hard last week and we were able to learn, practice several concepts. I introduced a place value Yahtzee game that they have enjoyed playing! In addition, they are working to complete the place value differentiation menu. Multi-digit subtraction was the main focus of the week. After a whole group lesson, small group reteach lessons were pulled. This week, we will continue with subtraction with regrouping.

Students continued to practice multi-digit addition as well. Students were taught a lesson on finding 10/100/1000 more or less from a given number. We will continue this skill using various number charts.

On Monday, your child will bring home a paper introducing xtramath.com. This is an excellent site for practicing math facts and building fluency. Students will work on this site at home and at school. I showed this site to the class on Friday. Students will need your email address in order to participate. I told that the class that if you would prefer not to give your email address, they can use mine instead. Please indicate this on the paper that comes home. Students will begin a rotation for this website on Tuesday.

On Monday, students will receive a weekly homework paper instead of nightly. Any incomplete work each day will also be assigned.

As we begin to wrap up this unit in the next two weeks, we will review and prepare for an end of unit test. I will give you that date some time this week.

One final note: I realized this week when progress reports went home that two grades from the beginning of the nine weeks were not entered. These have been entered into the gradebook, and I apologize for this error, as I know that you saw grades come home that had not appeared in ParentVue.

__August 29th-September 2nd__

This week in math, we are focusing on multi-digit addition and subtraction. Students completed a quick pre-check on these two concepts and I will be forming small groups to reteach or enrich this week. Students will have a quiz on Friday on addition with regrouping.

We will also continue this week to review place value and rounding.

Also, I will be setting students up on a math site called

*xtra math*. They will work on this in class, but can also work on it at home as they want. This site helps practice and review math facts. The goal is for all students to be fluent in addition, subtraction, and multiplication basic facts.

I will post more information once the class has been set up and used the site in class.

__Homework:__Students will not receive math homework every night. Some nights, homework will be an assigned page to practice a concept taught in class. Sometimes students will have homework if they did not finish all of the classwork from the day. Any night that your child does not have homework, I encourage them to work on their math facts.

__August 15-19__

We have been off and running in the first unit of Math. Place Value has been the main focus of our last two weeks. Students reviewed the various forms of numbers- standard form, word form, and expanded form. Each child created a flipbook with a definition and example of each form.

We have discussed, practiced, and played with digits and numbers. Knowing the difference between a digit and a number is crucial in fourth grade.

Example: This number, 3,702 consists of 4 digits: 3, 7, 0, 2

Another important concept is the value of each digit. This is determined by the

*place*of the digit.

Example: the digit 7 in 3, 702 is in the hundreds place and has a value of 700.

Students have a quiz on Tues., Aug. 16th.

Please see the letter for Unit 1.

*A final note: Each day, I will discuss the homework for math in class before they leave. I told the students last week that if I tell them that they do not have homework, they are to write,

*None*, in the box. You should see something written each day in your child's agenda.

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