Friday, November 13, 2015

Fact Fluency

Hi everyone,

This week students took some time to reflect on their progress with multiplication facts. Everyone really examined which facts were still feeling quite tricky for them. Today in math, we had a fun class as we practiced facts in a few different hands-on ways without the computer.

First off, we created fortune tellers made with math facts and after they were created, students went around challenging each other. The facts on their fortune tellers were the hard ones that make us think a little longer. These are great to make at home!! We kept the ones we made here at school so we can use them again.

Second, we made fact booklets. You will see these in your child's homework folder. Use them as a tool to study!

Lastly, kids played multiplication squares. It's a game I played (without the math aspect) often when I was a kid. It was fun to share and they seemed to really enjoy it!

Keep practicing at home. Everyone is going to be an expert soon if we keep up this great work!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Verteran's Day Poems

Today in social studies, we paused our work with Maine's industries and took a look at understanding the role of veterans. Student showed a lot of good thinking and showed strong empathy.

Here are some of their beautiful poems:

Our Country Guards

Who protects our country from danger 
Who feels the danger of getting hurt 
Who needs love from other people 
Who fear of dying 
Who loves their family back home 
Who thinks about home 
Who believes in their country 


Veteran's Day Poem

helps the country
they need respect  from other
how fears the face of death
how loves the families at home 
how thinks of saving
how believes in wining



Who feels freedom coming it's way
Who needs love, courage and bravery
Who fears death or wounds 
Who loves their country and their family's smile
Who thinks about all the joy and freedom their country will have
Who believes in happiness and harmony



fight for more then them selves
who feels that they can trust each other
who needs more then they can provide
who fears they will lose
who loves is country
who thinks they can do it 
who believes they will win

You can see more by checking out their posts on KidBlog! Awesome work fourth graders!

Monday, November 9, 2015

After Our Longfellow House Visit

Henry Longfellow

Fact Practice

Hi Families,

I have found recently that fact practice at home is an area that is tricky for some students. To help with this, I've created a menu that will help students choose a way to practice facts each night during the week (or most nights). If as a family you choose not to use this menu to keep track of it, I will leave that up to you.

Here is the menu:

The menu doesn't have every idea out there, so kids were told to add a box or two if they practice a different way (i.e. cribbage or skunk).

Happy fact practice!