In math this week, students wrote their quiz on rounding, estimating and mental math strategies, which will be returned on Monday to go home for a parent signature. We continued our work in patterning concepts. We looked at patterns found in addition tables with students filling in missing numbers in different addition tables, and then looking at patterns found within them. They wrote a pattern rule for one row, one column and one diagonal that they observed in their tables. We had some fun on Halloween by participating in the "Smartie Math Challenge!" Students were given a box of Smarties and then challenged to complete math related activities using these chocolate treats. These skills involved estimating; counting, sorting & tallying; adding & subtracting; problem solving; writing fractions; and completing a bar graph. When done, students could eat their Smarties! Students also went on the website “Prodigy” to work on assigned pattern questions and word problems. Two games were taught in class, “Last Chance” and “Doubles Snap” (the game rules are shown below to play at home). These games help students practice their mental math strategies and learn their basic facts for mastery.
In science, we discussed the environmental issue of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Also known as the North Pacific Gyre, this is a swirling collection of plastic debris, or garbage, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We read an article and watched two short videos about how it got there, where the trash comes from, how persistent plastic really is, the problems with the patch, and things we can do to help. Students then worked on a visual journal page and answered three questions: 1) Do you think the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a problem? Why or why not?, 2) What are some things that you can do to help with the problem?, and 3) Do you think plastic was a good or bad invention? Why? Ask your child what they think!
The waste project, question sheet and logbook are due this Monday, and time was spent in class yesterday to discuss good presentation skills. Students were encouraged to practice at least three times at home and to use their question sheet as their script (see the presentation prep sheet below). Presentations will start on Monday and there will be gallery walk next Wednesday so students can view all the grade 4 projects!
Stay warm this weekend and remember to turn your clocks back one hour this Sunday (an extra hour of sleep is always nice!).
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Here's to a great year!
Need extra practice? Below are math printable e-books for extra practice at home:
Patterns and Algebra
Reading and Representing Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter & Area
“Math Makes Sense” Practice and Homework Book:
Can be found at the Virtual Learning Commons under “Student Links”:
Practice Problem Solving Questions
Multiplication Interactive Games
Hour of Code
Math Facts Games
Math Fact Fluency Activities & Games
Plant Growth & Changes:
Plant Growth and Changes Glossary of Important Terms
Plants for Kids
Easy Science for Kids
Plants Elementary Science
Wheels & Levers Resources:
Wheel and Levers Glossary of Important Terms
Simple Machine Facts
Simple Machines Interactive Sites
Light & Shadows Resources:
Light and Shadows Glossary of Important Terms
BBC Light & Shadows
How We See Things
Light & Shadow Activities
Waste & our World Resources:
Waste and our World Glossary of Important Terms
Recycle City Game