I will write homework on the board. Students are responsible for recording homework in their agenda. Now that they are juniors, this is their responsibility and I will not chase them to do this. I will also use the Remind app to send out important homework reminders. Please text our class code, @davies4a to (289) 275-1476 to receive updates and reminders from Mrs. Davies. Parents and students can also check our blogs home page (post feed) to see if something is pressing.
Students will be required to read a minimum of 20 minutes each night, Monday through Friday. I will not post this as homework each night, but you should be keeping up with this every day. Should students miss a night due to a personal conflict, such as a double header in their baseball league, students can make it up by adding the time onto another night or by reading one night on the weekend. For example, on Tuesday Joey had to go shopping after school with his mom for new shoes and then had a late night hockey game. To make up for missing his reading, he read for 30 minutes on Wednesday and 30 mins on Thursday. He may have also chosen to do his minimum of 20 minutes of reading on Saturday. Just be sure to make a note of your reading on your reading stamp in your agenda. Each day should have been verified and initialed by a parent along the way. REMEMBER: This is not mom and dads homework. You are responsible for filling our your reading. They just have to sign that you actually did it! 🙂
HELP: Even in grade 4, it is beneficial if students read a little bit out loud to a parent. Even just 2-4 pages aloud to an adult is great. They don’t need to read aloud for 30 minutes. Reading aloud helps improve fluency and allows parents to help when students stumble. Often students read right past their errors. Most importantly at this age is discussing the text. Many of our students are wonderful at decoding words, but need to work on comprehension. Ask your child questions such as:
- Tell me a summary of the beginning (characters, setting, problem), middle (events leading to climax), and end (solution) of the story
- Why did (character name) make _________ choice? How would the story change if they had ___________?
- What is the most important part of the story? Why?
- Ask about events where they must infer meaning that is not literally stated in the text.
- In non-fiction texts, ask what the text’s main idea is. How do they know?
- What is a sub-section of a non-fiction text about? Can they infer the meaning new vocabulary related to the topic based on what they already know?
It is SO VERY important in grade four math that students have a solid understanding of their basic math facts. This means working automatically with numbers up to 10, using mental math (no calculator or paper). Using fingers while practicing is okay, but the goal is that the answers for these facts to be automatic. Spend 10-15 minutes practicing the following skills each night:
1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, ….10+10
1+___=10, 2+___=10, 3+____=10, …. 9+___=10
10 -____= 9, 10 -____= 8, 10 – ___= 7, …. 10 – ____=1
Multiplication to 10 (12 by June)
1×1 ….. 10×10
Division to 10 (12 by June)
The iPad doesn’t have a division symbol, so I will use /
10/10, 10/5, 10/2, 10/1, 9/3, …. 4/2, 4/1, 2/2, 2/1, 1/1
If your child (or you, if you are the student reading this) is struggling with multiplication or division, you can use an array to help them see the links between multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.
Once, these basic facts have been mastered and the answers are automatic, you can practice applying them to two, three, and four digit numbers. If you are helping your child, remember that the way math is taught has probably changed a lot since you went to school. Teach them your strategies, but except other strategies and ways of thinking that they might offer. Recognize when one strategy is easier for them or if it leads to fewer mistakes. Always make sure they know WHY they are doing something (when we carry the one we are trading 10 ones into 1 ten).
For example, here are three ways to solve 232 + 678
There are many more ways to get the answer
I need to update the slides below, but last years slides will give you a bit of an idea of our class operations regarding technology.