January 21-24, 2020
students will take part in a number of problem strings through the
week. To start the week, we will begin to move into multiplying whole
numbers by fractions and decimals. The students will play a game where
they will create their own math problems and move the numbers around to
create either the highest or lowest score possible. Following that, the
class will take a very brief, three item, quiz on the work we have been
doing. More problems strings will follow as the multiplication will
become a bit more complex. We will also do a great deal of ratio table
work this week. The students will be adding on to the work we began
last week with respect to a business and how creating a profit works.
Ratio tables require logical steps and accuracy in order to get the
entire problem correct. Slow, thoughtful, analytical thinking is needed
to do well with that strategy.The work on ratio tables has the students
This week, we will work on chapters 13-15 in Number the Stars.
There will be two quizzes, but no comprehension sheets this week. The
class is doing well in discussing the book, and we have a very fun
chapter to discuss this week. It gives the opportunity for some
extremely high critical thinking development. We will practice the
vocabulary words a little, and at the end of the week, there will be a
practice sheet to help the students learn the words. The quiz on the
words will be on Friday, January 31 as we will complete the book early
The fourth graders began an activity about vascular plants last week. Each student had a stalk of celery, and we tore it apart to find the vascular system. We will attach meaning to that investigation this week, and the students will continue the activity with lettuce and tree leaves. We will also take a look at the seeds that we planted last week, and we will see what has developed within the baggies over the past ten or so days. The students will practice recording data about their plants, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Early next week, we will examine fruit and see how it functions for a plant. Each student will need an apple for that, but not until early next week.