Mrs. Becker

4th Grade Math

Nicole Becker

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For the week of December 10th - the students will be taking a DPM. Monday the students will identify their math strengths, how to improve upon their math challenges, and strategies that will ensure their success on the upcoming math test. They will also play a game with multi-step problem solving. Tuesday and Wednesday the students will be taking the DPM. Thursday they will reflect upon their success, and identify their areas of weakness. On Friday the students will begin learning about unit fractions and decompose fractions into smaller pieces.

For the week of December 3rd - the students will estimate dividends to find quotients when dividing. The students will also solve multi-step problems involving division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction. They will practice these skills in workstations with Grab & Go problems, solve with partners, and play a board game.

On December 11th and 12th the students will take a DPM - District Progress Monitoring Test to show the progress and learning they have made so far this year.

For the week of November 26th - the students will continue to use division to problem solve. They will divide 2, 3, and 4 digit dividends by 1 digit divisors using partial quotients. They will also continue to analyze remainders based upon the problem solving story and questions. The students will visit workstations such as using dominoes to generate numbers to divide, grab & go problems, and roll & divide.

For the week of November 12th - the students will begin division. They will use arrays to connect division to multiplication, and use number bonds to find quotients. Then they will practice finding partial quotients, and remainders. The students will interpret the remainders in story problems as fractional parts, needing to add one to the quotient, or keeping the quotient the same. Some examples of this would include:

Finding the amount of yards in 13 feet - 13 divided by 3 has a quotient of 4 with a remainder of 1.

This would be 4 and 1/3 yards of material.

This would be 5 yards needed for the project that requires 13 feet of fabric.

Or this would be 4 pillows that could be completed if each pillow requires 3 feet of fabric.

The students will be problem solving for quotients in small groups, with partners, and using technology.

For the week of November 5th - the students will continue to practice 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. They will use the area model and partial products to multiply. The students will practice using this skill in work stations with dominoes to create 2 digit numbers, problem solve with partners, and use Grab & Go problems. Last week the students used to practice their multiplication facts, and they will have the option to visit the site again this week.

For the week of October 29th - the students will continue to use the area model to multiply. They will begin Monday multiplying 1 digit by 4 digit numbers. Tuesday they will use multiple strategies to solve problems including multiplying 1 digit numbers by 2,3, or 4 digit numbers. Wednesday the students will practice problem solving with multiplication. By Thursday the children will multiply 2 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers by building the arrays, drawing the pictorial model, and lastly by using the area model. Throughout the week they will visit workstations to practice multiplication with Grab & Go problems, Factor Roll,, and problem solving.

For the week of October 22nd - the students will begin multiplication! They will begin with estimating factors to the nearest tens and multiplying by a 1 digit number to develop reasonableness. Then they will use friendly numbers to multiply - like 25 because they can relate that to quarters. By Thursday the students will build arrays with base 10 blocks, and draw the area models to represent the values. They will also connect the area model to an array to develop number sense and truly see the value of the factors and the products they are joined to become. The students will start with multiplying 1 digit numbers by 2 and 3 digit numbers, and after some practice they will build up to multiply by 4 digit numbers.

*On Tuesday the students will be taking the October Checkpoint to see how well they have mastered the 4th grade math skills up to this point. Topics that will be tested are: writing equations with variables to solve story problems, addition with regrouping, place value to compare values of digits in a number, subtraction with regrouping, strip diagrams to solve story problems, multi-step problem solving, and estimating.

For the week of October 15th - the students will analyze multiple step problems. They will represent multiple step problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in pictorial form using strip diagrams. The students will also create number sentences to represent the story problems with variables as the unknown amount. The students will visit stations to simulate a trip to the mall. This will involve buying multiple items, paying and receiving change, and buying lunch. In workstations they will also use Versa Tiles as a self checking activity when matching equations with variables to story problems. The students will also problem solve with partners, and alone for the processes of solving the multi-step problems.

Parents - I look forward to meeting with you Monday to discuss your child's progress!

For the week of October 9th - the students will be analyzing story problems to decide if they need to multiply or divide to solve the problems. The students will be drawing strip diagrams to help them determine the action involved in each problem, then create an equation to solve for the product or quotient. The students will visit workstations where they will use cards to sort, match strip diagrams to the actions they show, use technology, and problem solve.

For the week of October 1st - the students will estimate numbers from the nearest ten to the hundred thousands place, depending upon the story problem. They will also visit workstations where they will practice rounding numbers of miles for a trip, and round ice cream scoops to form a triple scoop of ice cream according to the rounded amount listed on a cone.

The students will also continue to problem solve multiple step problems involving addition and subtraction.

Later in the week the students will find perimeter and unknown sides when given a total perimeter to continue to apply their understanding of addition and subtraction in realistic application.

For the week of September 24th - the students will add and subtract whole numbers according to the action in the problem solving. They will also solve multi-step problems using strip diagrams and variables.

On Wednesday the students will take their first math checkpoint. It will show their mastery of place value, addition, and subtraction in problem solving. There is nothing the students need to study to prepare for this checkpoint. Instead they could review the problem solving that has been graded and returned to them.

For the remainder of the week the students will visit work stations to practice multi-step problem solving and begin estimation to add and subtract in problem solving.

For the week of September 17th - the students will multiply multiples of 10 using mental math. They will also solve problems by comparing, ordering, and representing numbers using place value charts. Later in the week the students will discuss using griddables, variables and equations. They will also add and subtract whole numbers in problem solving according to the action in the story problem. They will practice these skills in work stations, with partners, and by themselves.

For the week of September 10th - the students will continue to use the place value chart to represent numbers in expanded form and expanded notation. The students will also compare and order numbers using graph paper to correctly find which numbers are greater than, less than, and equal to with the correct symbols. The students will visit a variety of work stations to practice these concepts and problem solve as well.

For the week of September 3 - the students will begin analyzing place value. They will use a place value chart up to the billions place as a tool to help discover the value of the digits in numbers. They will find the mathematical relationship between the place values using 10 times the number, for example: ( 560 x 10 = 5,600), 100 times the number, (560 x 100= 56,000) and find one-tenth of the number ( one tenth of 560 = 56). The students will also investigate the expanded form and expanded notation of different numbers. During math the children will also play games, attend small-group lessons, and use technology to become familiar with the place value.

I am so excited a new year is upon us! I can't wait to share math with your child! For the first week of school in math we will be setting up procedures and building relationships with each other. We will play games to become familiar with one another, and practice logging into the computer to use Think Central, Classflow and Prodigy.

There will be no math homework this year. We will instead encourage your children to study their multiplication facts up to 15s, and to use the websites: IXL, Prodigy, and Think Through Math - which has been renamed. I will share with your child their login information for each site, which you may also find inside the cover of their IMN (Interactive Math Notebook). Thank you for your support at home.

Mrs. Becker’s Homeroom Students' Schedule

8:45 - 9:15 Mind Time

9:15 - 10:15 Reading / Language Arts

10:15 - 11:10 Large Group

11:10 – 12:35 Reading / Language Arts

12:35 – 12:45 Science

12:45 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 Recess

1:45 – 2:50 Science

2:50 – 4:00 Math