Homework Assignments due On:

Students should be studying their multiplication facts everyday. Fact quizzes that aren't passed are due back the next day, with fact worksheet completed. Multiplication facts are a 3rd grade standard, so every day and week that goes by of your student not knowing them sets them further and further behind.

Homework is due on these days:
Tuesday (6/2): Any unfinished in-class work
Wednesday (6/3): Any unfinished in-class work
Thursday (6/4): Any unfinished in-class work
Friday (6/5): Any unfinished in-class work
Monday (6/8): Nothing

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wow, January is really flying by! I hope all of you had a wonderful long weekend and were able to spend some quality time with your families. We have been working very hard on learning different strategies for helping us divide numbers, and the students are starting to develop methods that work best for them. Try asking your child to show you the area model of division, the H-Chart method or any other way they may have devised to solve division problems. We will continue to work on division this week, and should be finished with our initial exploration of the topic by next week. After that we move right into fractions! We have also begun our classroom jobs, which most of the students are taking very seriously. The jobs range from milk monitor to meteorologist to fitness director to ichthyologist (ask your student what that means!). Students receive a pay check at the beginning of each week for the job they had during the prior week. If they forget to do their job one day, they lose half of their pay. If they forget again, they lose their entire paycheck. Sometime in March I will hold an auction where students can spend the "McGee Money" they have earned. I enjoy doing the classroom economy as I think there are many valuable lessons ingrained within - working hard to earn money, responsibility of holding a job, saving money, being careful with their cash (do they deposit into the bank -very safe - or keep it in their desk/cubby - can be lost/stolen). A few pictures from last weeks class photographer.

Student Division Work

A birthday celebration, 4M style

Using an iPad at the end of the day

Spelling Test!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 2014! and homework information

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday break and are excited for a great 2014. I wanted to post this weeks homework so parents would have a sense of what is expected of their child in math this week. Home Connection 24 is due Wednesday, Home Connection 25 is due Friday along with the Khan Academy recommendations. As always, students should spend about a total of 15-20 minutes per day working on their multiplication fact fluency (5 minute increments throughout the day is best). We are starting a new unit on Fractions and Division. Fractions can be a very complicated topic for students to grasp, but we use a lot of visual models to help explain them. I will work on having a permanent fixture on the blog that will outline the weeks homework and any longer term projects that may be coming up. I should have this in place by next week. I hope you all stay warm and I am excited to get back in the swing of things with the kiddos!