I hope you all had a wonderful break!
The next three weeks will go by in a flash. I will be updating you in this email about what we will be doing in math on each level and what we will be learning about in social studies. I will then be updating the respective math pages and social studies pages on this website with reference websites and helpful links.
We will be studying the early European explorers. Our focus is on understanding that these explorers were initially trying to find a water route to Asia. Today we had an introductory lesson with the game "Marco Polo."
SS3H2 Describe European exploration in North America.
-Describe the reasons for and obstacles to the exploration of North America.
Simplified explanation (written by me)
The reasons for exploration (initially) reach Asia for silk and spices.
The obstacles: North and South America. (Noone knew those continents existed.)
3rd Grade Math:
Unit 3: (OA.8)two step word problems and (OA.9) multiplication patterns and strategies.
The good news about this unit is that I have already taught this! woohoo- not sure how I was supposed to teach multiplication without teaching strategies and patterns:-)...live and learn, next year I will know to order things better. Having said that, I will give all of the kids a "pre-test" on this unit on Friday- from that point I will assess what areas may need more enforcement, if any. If your child does really well, I will move them on to Unit 4 (which has also already been taught- arrays in multiplication.) The goal is to have your child finish the year successfully while increasing multiplication and division fluency.
4th grade math:
Unit 3 and 4
Unit 3 is all about equivalent fractions. Students in this unit are only required to know how to create and identify equivalent fractions. Strangely, they will not use them until 5th grade (go figure) Then unit 4 is adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions. Students will be adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and multiplying fractions with whole numbers. Today, during my introductory lesson, I realized students knew a lot more than I anticipated- so I will let the students move at their own pace- please feel free to work with them at home as much or as little as you feel comfortable. These two units blend into one another and can be assessed at any time when your child is ready. My goal is to have everyone take unit 3 test before the holidays. If your child makes it through unit 4, we will just begin with unit 5 in January.