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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid October

   It has been a while since my last post, and I apologize for that. We have been working hard here in fourth grade to remaster our subtraction proficiency. I noticed that on an assessment, most of the fourth graders incorrectly solved multiple subtraction problems, so I knew we needed to brush up our knowledge of subtraction. Students have been using different methods to solve these problems, including the subtraction algorithm and using a number line to count up or down. I am trying to help them see that there are numerous correct ways to approach a problem (here, specifically, subtraction) and that students should become familiar and comfortable with multiple ways of arriving at an answer. This also helps students check their work and look for any errors they may have unintentionally done. I am pleased with the progress of the group as a whole and feel that they are developing a much stronger understanding of subtraction. That being said, we still have a ways to go and will continue to focus on this while moving through more appropriate fourth grade curriculum.
   We are also working hard on learning about Vermont, it's history and different facts and aspects to our wonderful state. So far we have examined our state flag and its symbols, the Vermont seal and coin, as well as the state bird, the Hermit Thrush. We will continue looking at various state symbols as well as delve deeper into some historical figures, Vermont's economy and tourism. The students are eager to learn about their home state and enjoy our Social Studies time.