## Math is 'toad'ally awesome!

"Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes." - Mickey Mouse

## What's hoppin'?

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Week
39: **
We will take this week to revisit equivalent
fractions. We will also have our
Multiplication Sundae Celebration on Thursday.
The students have worked VERY hard on learning all
of the facts and this week we will celebrate that
hard work!

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Week
38: **
We will take this week to revisit fractions. Last
time we learned about fractions was just before FCAT.
This is a very important skill and it can be a
difficult concept to grasp. Spending more time on
this will be very beneficial! This is also the last
week of our timed multiplication quizzes-on
THURSDAY.
Please don't forget to continue to study the
multiplication facts all summer long! Keeping up on
them during the summer will be a great start to 4th
grade!

**
Week
37: **
This week we will switch back to multiplication as
we move on to finding factors and multiples of
numbers. Just a reminder, when looking for the
factors of a number your child will be finding the
combinations of numbers that are multiplied together
to get the given product. For example, the factors
of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12 because 1x12=12,
2x6=12 and 3x4=12. Finding multiples is really like
listing the products or answers of multiplication
problems for a given number. For example, the
multiples of 12 include 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72
etc…

**
Week
36: **
This week we will continue working with numbers with
decimals, including comparing and ordering
decimals. Upon completing this topic we will move
on to finding factors and multiples of numbers.

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Week
35: **
This week we will look at decimal place value as we
look at ways to represent decimals. This will
follow the same “rules” as “regular” place value.
As a reminder the names of the places starting at
the decimal and moving to the right are known as
tenths, hundredths, thousandths, etc…

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Week
34: **
This week the students will continue to work on
solving large multiplication problems. The problems
are not really getting harder just bigger so it is
extremely important that your child is fluent. Keep
working on those facts!

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Week
33: **
FCAT may be over but there is still a lot of
important math information to learn! This week we
will begin our “Step up to Grade 4” unit. The first
part of this unit has us revisiting multiplication
as we look at arrays and multiplying by 10s and 100s
and multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers.

**
Week
32: **
In the afternoons the students will work in math
games and centers. This is a fun way for your child
to keep his/her skills sharp while they await for
the math portion of the FCAT this Wednesday and
Thursday.

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Week
31: **
This week we will finish our enVision benchmark
testing with our last test. We will continue
reviewing everything that has been taught this year
and make sure that the students have a strategy to
solve each type of problem as the students work
through the differentiated activities according to
their specific mathematical need.

**
Week
30: **
This week we will review everything that has been
taught this year and make sure that the students
have a strategy to solve each type of problem.
Please see the additional letter on the back of this
page for a more detailed explanation of how you can
help prepare your child for testing.

**
Week 29:
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This week we will learn about telling time. We will
continue working on elapsed time on a clock and a
calendar. Our next area of focus will be to create,
analyze, and represent patterns and relationships
using words, variables, tables, and graphs, as well
as construct and analyze frequency tables, bar
graphs, pictographs, and line plots from data,
including data collected through observations,
surveys, and experiments.

**
Week 28: **This
week we will finish up our fractions unit with
measuring objects to the nearest ½ and ¼ inch. Our
next topic will be time. We will learn about
telling time to the quarter hour and to the minute,
as well as elapsed time on a clock and a calendar.

**
Week 27: **This
week we will continue to work with fractions. We
will continue to compare fractions, find equivalent
fractions, and even order fractions and mixed
numbers on and off a number line. Please make sure
homework is being completed every night for
reinforcement. Before you know it we will be
measuring objects and perimeters to the closest ¼
inch! Don’t forget to practice those times tables
for the timed quiz!

**
Week 26: **
This week we will continue to work with fractions.
Our focus will be on comparing fractions, finding
equivalent fractions, and even ordering fractions.
Please make sure homework is being completed every
night for reinforcement. Also, we will have a
multiplication quiz on Friday. Several students have
been “stuck” on the same set of facts for several
weeks. Practicing with repetition will help with
learning multiplication facts.

**
Week 25: **
This week we will continue to work with fractions.
Our focus will be on fractions that are greater than
one (improper fractions and mixed numbers) and
ordering, comparing, and finding equivalent
fractions as we place them on a number line.

**
Week 24: **
We began our fraction unit late last week. We
looked at dividing shapes into equal parts. This
week we will dig into how we can write a fraction to
name a part of a whole (terms: numerator and
denominator), how we can write a fraction to name
part of a set, and how we can find a fractional part
of a set.

**
Week 23: **
This week we will continue our geometry and
measurement unit. We will focus on perimeter, which
we practiced every day in the month of January (for
20 days) during calendar math. This is the last
piece of this unit and our next topic is fractions!

**
Week 22: **
This week we will continue our geometry and
measurement unit. We will focus on congruency and
symmetry in shapes. As a reminder congruent figures
are figures that are the same shape and size. A
shape has symmetry if it can be folded along a line
so that both parts match exactly.

We will also continue our timed multiplication quizzes. Please try to squeeze in time to practice the “facts of the week.” A suggestion might be to practice the facts orally while in the car.

**
Week 21: **
This week we will continue our geometry and
measurement unit. We will focus on making new
shapes by cutting apart a shape and rearranging the
pieces. Your child will be asked to do this
manipulation visually after having a time to
practice with paper and scissors.

We will also continue our timed multiplication quizzes. Please look over your child’s quiz from last week. If he/she scored a 100% it is time to move on to the next set of facts if not then the previous set of facts will need more work. It is critical that your child is able to answer all the multiplication facts accurately and quickly.

**
Week 20: **
This week we will continue our geometry and
measurement unit. We will focus on combining and
separating shapes and making new shapes. Vocab
knowledge is a MUST for this!

*FYI Last week the kids loved using straws to build triangles and quadrilaterals and this is a manipulative that you can use at home! Remember it is VERY important that your child can identify by sight and definition all of the vocabulary words in this unit. Please review them as needed. We are also going to continue timed multiplication quizzes this week.

This week we will continue our timed multiplication quizzes. Please look over your child’s quiz from last week. If he/she scored a 100% it is time to move on to the next set of facts (3s), if not then the previous set of facts (2s) will need more work.

**
Week 19: **
This week we will continue our geometry and
measurement unit. We will focus on triangles,
quadrilaterals, and how we can combine and separate
shapes to make new shapes, forms, and figures. Your
child will also be bringing home several vocabulary
sheets. Please keep these sheets in a safe place as
your child is responsible for learning all of these
words. We are also going to begin timed
multiplication quizzes this week. On Friday, we
will have our first timed multiplication tests on
the 2's.

Geometry Vocabulary Sheets:

Lines & Line Segments Angles Polygons

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Week 18:
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This week we will begin learning about geometry and
measurement. This is a large unit with TONS of
vocabulary words! Please be on the look out for a
study sheet that will come home with your child in
the next week or so. We are also going to begin
timed multiplication quizzes next week. Next
Friday, we will have our timed multiplication tests
on 2's. Please make sure you are studying every
night!

**
Week 17:
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This week we will spend time reviewing everything
that has been taught so far this year. When we
return in January we will begin our geometry and
measurement unit. We will also begin timed
multiplication quizzes in January so the break would
be a great time to begin learning the facts!
I would like to encourage you to make or buy
flashcards for your child to use and don’t forget
about the multiplication games available online.

**
Week 16:
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This week we will wrap up combinations as we wrap up
our multiplication and division unit. Next up is
our geometry and measurement unit!

**
Week 15:
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This week we will continue working with
combinations. The two most important things to
remember are 1. be neat and 2. use everything!
Several students have shared their strategy for
solving these types of math problems-I hope your
child finds his/her way!

**
Week 14:
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This week we will begin working with combinations.
There is a short way and a long way to complete
these problems and the students will learn both!

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Week 13:
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This week we will spend more time on the
distributive property and decomposing factors. This
is a very useful strategy when we come across
difficult multiplication problems.

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Week 12:
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This week we will look at the different properties
of multiplication. These properties include the
commutative, associative, identity (one), zero and
distributive properties. Your child will not be
required to name the property but rather how and
when to use the properties.

**
Week 11:
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This week we will continue to work with division as
the inverse operation of multiplication through the
exploration of fact families and more work with
arrays.

I have also uploaded several of the math games that your child has played in class on our class website if you would like to print them and play at home.

**
Week 10:
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This week we will continue to work with
multiplication and finding factors with arrays.
This will be the perfect transition into division,
which is next on our list. The students have
already gotten some practice with division when we
solved the missing factor story problems. As we
work through division the students will be
encouraged to find a strategy that works best for
them.

**
Week 9:
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This week we will continue to work with
multiplication. The students will learn how to
combine multiplication problems. An example of this
type of problem would be, I have 3 cookies. Each
cookie has 4 chocolate chips in it. Later that day
I baked 5 more cookies and each of those cookies had
5 chocolate chips in it. How many chocolate chips
do I have altogether? This is not really difficult
but is multi-stepped. We will also spend more time
with arrays in order to find factors of 2-digit
numbers up to fifty.

**
Week 8:
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We began multiplication and everyone has a strategy
that works for them-yea! We will continue this unit
this week.

Click the links below for copies of our multiplication strategy sheets

**
Week 7:
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Last week we wrapped up rounding and estimating and
are ready to move into our next topic in math. Even
though this unit has been completed it is important
that your child does not forget what he/she has
learned and these skills will be necessary again
soon.

This week we will begin our next topic, which will include learning about the meanings of multiplication and division. We are going to take time to understand the concept of multiplication first. Memorizing the facts will come a little later. I taught the students a cute rhyme to help us learn our 3s times tables that went with our September calendar pattern and I have more cool tricks up my sleeve.

**
Week 6: **
This week the students will use what they have
learned about rounding to begin estimating sums and
differences. We will wrap up this topic this week
with a culminating assessment that will cover
everything that has been taught this year including
forms (standard, word, and expanded), addition,
subtraction, rounding, and estimating. It will be a
great way for your child to show what he/she knows!

**
Week 5: **
This week the students will begin looking at
addition and subtraction story problems and the key
words that help us determine which operation to
use. After practice with solving addition and
subtraction word problems we will move on to writing
our own addition and subtraction problems.

**
Week 4: **
This week the students will take their first math
benchmark test of the year. For the rest of the
week we will be finishing up our work with
subtraction. I found a cute rhyme that I hope will
help the students remember how and when to regroup.
The rhyme goes “Numbers the same? Zero’s the game!
More on top? No need to stop! More on the floor?
Go next door.” We have already begun working with
2- and 3-digit subtraction, but as a reminder our
math standard goes up to the one hundred thousands
place, which means 6-digit subtraction!

**
Week 3: **
This week we will move into our addition and
subtraction unit. Our main focus will be on adding
4, 5, and 6-digit numbers. Some of the addends will
require regrouping and therefore the students must
be very careful when determining the sums.

*Automaticity and accuracy of the basic math facts
(0-9) will be extremely beneficial to your child;
therefore, we will be practicing the addition facts
and your child will be given a __
timed__
quiz on these facts this week.

**
Week 2: **
This year in math, your child will be learning lots
of new concepts. Last week the students took a
placement test to help me establish the areas of
strength and weakness. We also began working
with standard form, expanded form, and word form. We
are increasing our place value knowledge up to the
hundred thousands place! This week we will focus on
comparing and ordering 6-digit numbers as well as
adding and subtracting numbers from algorithms and
story problems.

** Week
1: **
This week your child will be learning the rituals
and routines of his/her new classroom. More
great learning coming soon!