Peek at the Week
Week of December 8th-12th
Math: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
As we multiply by multi-digit numbers, the practice of estimation will help the students to find the product of problems. When checking your student’s work at home, use estimation to guide in correcting work. Even before answering the problem, have your child identify the place value that the product will be (10’s, 100’s, 1,000’s, 10,000’s, 100,000’s, 1,000,000’s). This practice will help students do a better job of correcting errors. You might be aware that the Everyday Math program does not teach the traditional multiplication algorithm. The students are encouraged to multiply by each place value in a method called the partial-products algorithm. On the test, the students will have to multiply using this method. For this reason, I encourage you to not teach your child the traditional method. Please practice the partial-products algorithm with your child at home. Many of the students are comfortable with lattice but I want the students to practice the partial-products algorithm at this time. If you would like me to work more individually with your child on the partial products method, please let me know.
Social Studies: Describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
The students will read about the geography, history, and ports of the Southeast. They will compare and contrast the different geography, the north and south during the Civil War, and products imported with products exported.
Science: Describe and compare types of energy including light, heat, sound, electrical and mechanical.
The scientists of fourth grade will continue to investigate circuits focusing on parallel and series circuits. Ask your fourth grader to differentiate between the two types of circuits. Using their circuit base, they will also create electromagnetism.
Reading: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
The fourth graders will continue to identify elements of the plot. At home, ask your fourth grader to identify which part of the plot mountain (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and rising action) he or she is on and why he or she thinks that. In addition to sequencing events, the fourth graders will also identify the theme, or lesson, that they can learn from their guided reading book.
Writing: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
This week’s Think CERCA article will focus on the Amish people and why they choose to not use technology in their lives. After the students read the article, they will identify if technology would change the life of the Amish or not. At home, ask your child to identify their opinion on the topic. Think CERCA can be accessed at home. Ask your child to tell you their username and password.
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