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General Studies with Mike: We completed our unit on fractions early last week and moved into a mini unit on data and probability. The students are practicing finding the mean, median, mode, and range of various different data sets. When we return from break, we will jump right into decimals. Over break, you might want to preview the concept with discussions of money. (Ask, “What does it mean if I have $1.01 vs. $1.10?) Students are now well into their book club books, responding to the texts in their book club journals, and taking on various roles in discussions. The...
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Hello Fourth Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: We are nearing the end of our unit on fractions. Students can now add, subtract, and multiply fractions. We spent the bulk of this past week solving real-world problems (word problems) involving fractions. We will end the unit at the beginning of the week with and in-class assessment. You can help reinforce new math vocabulary at home when helping with homework by using words and phrases like “numerator,” “denominator,” and “simplest form.” We are about halfway through our second read aloud, Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin and have continued to chart a class list of...
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Hello 4th Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: Congratulations to all fourth graders on a fantastic Martin Luther King presentation! We are at the midpoint of our math unit on fractions, and students have now learned how to add and subtract fractions and convert mixed number fractions to improper fractions (and vice versa). Students have enjoyed working with fraction tiles to represent equivalent fractions with differing values in the denominator. You can help reinforce new math vocabulary at home when helping with homework by using words and phrases like “numerator,” “denominator,” and “simplest form.” We are well into our second read aloud, Rain Reign,...
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Hello Fourth Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: Happy New Year! We began the second semester with new student groupings and new seats within the classroom. Students are enjoying the opportunity to work with new partners and groups. Shortly before Winter Break, we completed our math unit on whole number multiplication and division. During this short week back to school, we began the next math unit on fractions. We reviewed how to add and subtract fractions with common denominators and how to reduce fractions to simplest form. We will continue to manipulate fractions, turning improper fractions into mixed numbers and adding and subtracting unlike...
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Judaic Studies with Phyllis 

This week in Judaics the students returned to text study as we continued the stories of Jacob and Esau. We learned specifically of Rivka (Rebecca’s) instructions to Yaakov (Jacob) to prepare a stew and receive his father’s blessing. Students ended the week by bringing the text to life with elaborate and dynamic skits! For a preview of the skits see pictures below (videos to come).

Hello Fourth Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: Congratulations to all fourth graders on a fantastic Hanukkah play! We are wrapping up our math unit on whole number multiplication and division. Students have learned the algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication as well as the algorithm for long division. The algorithms we’re using in class are likely the same ones parents learned in school. Looking for a fun family activity this weekend? Ask your child to take on the role of teacher and show you how to solve a long division problem. This will help them prepare for next week’s unit assessment. We completed...
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Greetings 4th Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: We just began our math unit on whole number multiplication and division. Students have learned the algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication, and will continue to practice throughout the remainder of the unit. Students should continue to memorize their multiplication times tables through the number 12 at home. You can find multiplication games at timestables.com/games. We’re nearing the end of our read aloud, The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo, and are beginning to discuss the literary theme of the story. We define literary theme as a “life lesson,” and identify the theme of a book by...
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Hello 4th Grade Families!

General Studies with Mike: We’re finished our math unit on estimation and number theory early this week. Towards the end of the week, we moved into whole number multiplication and division. Students should continue to practice their multiplication times tables through the number 12 at home. You can find multiplication games at timestables.com/games. Students are really enjoying our read aloud, The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo. Over the past two weeks, we formed opinions about our own independent reading books on various topics – defining characters with character traits, determining whether our main characters make responsible decisions, etc. We then...
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Hello 4th Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: We’re continuing our math unit on estimation and number theory. This week, we moved into factors (including common factors and greatest common factors). This concept requires students to have a solid understanding of multiplication facts, so feel free to practice multiplication up through the number 12 at home. You can find multiplication games at timestables.com/games. We’re midway through our first read aloud, The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo. This week, we discussed how to keep track of the problems and solutions that arise in books we read, and also how to keep track of the recurring...
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October 12 – Our First Full Week

Dear Fourth Grade Families, It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in school for over a month and this is only the first full five-day week! Students have been transitioning well into their fourth grade routines, and we’re all excited to get into the meat of our curriculum. A reminder to parents that this coming Wednesday is school picture day. In addition, sign up for November parent teacher conferences is now available online (an email with instructions was sent out this week). Slots fill up quickly, so please sign up soon! Finally, this coming week is Aliza’s last week at...
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