In math, we have learned so much already! We are fraction whizzes that can find equivalent fractions, compare fractions, add and subtract with like denominators, and justify our mathematical thinking with visual models and explanations. We are building on our fraction and decimal knowledge from unit 3.
Students are encouraged to play math fact games at https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com to increase speed and automaticity with their multiplication and division facts. Multiplication facts are the building blocks for all of our math skills this year. Students should be using DreamBox Learning, our individualized learning platform to increase math achievement, on a weekly basis. Students in grade 4 are expected to log on to DreamBox Learning 60-90 per week for the program to be effective. Although parental involvement is always encouraged (and welcomed), students should not be helped while using DreamBox, so that the program can accurately assess and adapt to each child's individual needs. If your child is having difficulty with a certain lesson, the program will automatically use that information to adapt to a more appropriate level and build the necessary foundational skills.
Reading historical fiction allows us to enter a world from the past and live the events through our characters. During historical fiction, we build on unit one thinking about characters and theme, but we pay careful attention to the setting. The setting affects the characters actions, traits, and life lessons. The timeline of story and the timeline of the historical time period intersect and students will need to differentiate between fact and fiction. Students are encouraged to track big ideas on post-its as they read each night. Students are placed in historical fiction book clubs, which has been a fun new adventure to discuss books and raise the level of our book conversations.
Students are currently writing nonfiction weather feature articles. We are researching different weather topics and learning to paraphrase information in our own words. Students are adding quotes from the books and websites they gathering information from as well as adding their own thoughts and transitional phrases.