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, February 25, 2014

Parent/Teacher Conferences

   I am sending home the conference sign up sheet today with your child - sorry for the short turn around, but with the vacation last week it really crept up fast! Please make sure to look for it when they get home (its a green piece of paper) and to send it back as soon as possible. I will send back confirmations via email, so please look for those once you have returned the sign up sheet. If you would like to schedule a conference with Ms. Carlock to discuss your child's ELA progress, please email her to schedule a time.

Monday, February 10, 2014


We have begun using egg cartons to help understand and model fractions. The egg carton model helps students build a variety of fractions in a way they can visualize. We think of the carton as equaling one whole, and then use string to partition off different sections to create fractions and tiles are used as eggs. If you have 4 eggs in your carton, what fraction do you have?




In building fractions with the egg carton model, students can easily see how equivalent fractions all represent the same number of eggs in the carton, and are all equal fractions. The egg carton allows students to practice working with fractions that have denominators (the bottom number in a fraction) of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. These are most of the denominators that fourth grade students are expected to be familiar with (5, 8, 10, 100 being the others), so using this model is a great way for students to gain understanding of more than half the fraction notations they are required to know!
  If you happen to be working in the kitchen with your child nearby and you find yourself getting ready to measure some flour, water or other ingredients, try asking your kid to help! Cooking is a great place for children to see the application of fraction knowledge in use, as most recipes require you to be familiar with fractions. It's also a great way to spend time with your child!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fractions and Division

Hello Parents and friends of 4M,

  The year continues to zoom by! We have just finished a shorter mini-unit on division and strategies for solving division problems. Some of the ways that students solved division problems including area model, T or H charts and number line. I was happy with how well students grasped the concept of division and were able to apply knowledge of multiplication to division. We also worked on what happens when we solve a division problem and there is a remainder. Some remainders can stay just like they are (if the problem involved splitting students up, you would keep the remainder whole, since cutting a child in half would be a problem...), while others can be divided into smaller pieces (think money or cookies). This was a little more tricky for students to understand, and identifying what to do with the remainder is something we will continue to work on as the year progresses. One major trend that I noticed was students who had memorized most or all of their minute math facts were able to pick up on division patterns and were able to see ways of solving division problems a lot quicker/faster than students who are still struggling with their math facts. We are now about halfway through the year, and students that are still struggling with their facts. These students are now about equal with where this years third graders are with their multiplication facts. If your child is one of these, please make sure they are studying every day for at least twenty minutes, spread throughout the day in five minute increments. This is essential in helping them continue to improve at math, and will make the rest of their lives (and yours!) easier and less stressful. Put the time in now to reap major benefits later!
  In Social Studies, we have begun our study of the greatest state in the Union, Vermont! We have learned some of the ancient history of VT, starting with Rodinia about 550 million years ago and progressing through Pangaea 250 million years ago to modern glacial times (12,000 years ago). We discussed rock formation and locations in Vermont and will be continuing to dive into VT history, geography, government and locations. The students have really taken a liking to this unit, and we are also incorporating science standards as well (the rock cycle, characteristics and types, weathering and erosion etc). This is a wonderful unit and I am excited to see where it takes us and the kiddos!
  Here a some photos taken by the classroom photographer:

 Working on Area and Perimeter problems

 Madisyn working on Fractions of a Foot

 Watching a 60 Minutes report about Magnus Carlson, the current world Chess Champion

 Looking at some different types of Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic rocks!

Looking at where different kinds of rocks are found in Vermont!