Race to the FinishWhat is Race to the Finish?
- All Kenbrook students have a goal to improve fact fluency. Our goal in 4th Grade is Multiplication so we're having a friendly competition between 4th grade classes. Each foot represents a student...so, in order to sign a foot, students must earn a 95% on a timed test (5 minutes) with 100 problems.
- Study their facts!! Students should be studying their multiplication facts just about every night for about 20 minutes. Please encourage your child to study their facts...this will help them achieve their goal more quickly.
When will students be tested?
- Every other Monday. We just tested Monday, Oct 27th, so we'll be testing again on Monday, November 11th.
- Look for corrected timed tests in Friday folders and look for growth. If your child is showing growth, encourage them to keep studying. If your child is not showing growth, help them set a realistic goal they can achieve.
*******We already have 2 students who signed their foot. Congratulations to Michael and Kortney for earning a score of 95% or above in 5 minutes! Now we need 18 more students to race to the finish. Let me know what I can do to help support your child. Let's do this!
Here's our plan for the week....
Language Arts: In Reading this week, we'll continue to focus more on types of inferences which focus on small ones like meaning of words to larger ones like inferring theme, character emotions and traits. Up until now, students have been guided through inferences. We've worked together on the rug and I've showed them how to look for "clues" so they can make a proper inference. This week, we'll have a couple of graded reading assignments that will assess their ability to infer on their own. Next, we'll move into our Character unit and continue inferring traits, emotions, and theme using action and dialogue.
In Writing, we have been working on the strategy, Show, Don't Tell. Our goal is to write so our reader can infer our feelings and emotions just as we do when we read our books. Some of the other things we've concentrated on are strong introductions, paragraphing, and how to make our sentences stronger using strong verbs and adjectives. In the next few weeks, I will be passing back the writing pieces I shared with you at conferences so students can spend some time reflecting on their writing. This will help them determine what kinds of writing goals to make for themselves over the next few months.
Math: This week in Math, we'll be finishing up Unit 1 and testing. Our big focus for the unit has been to build multiplication models, find factors and multiples of numbers, prime and composite numbers. Early next week, we'll do a little problem solving where we solve multiplication problems and also write some. I haven't set the date of the math test but I'll the kids know early next week. Look for a review sheet sometime next week. In Unit 2, the numbers get much larger as we multiply multi-digit numbers. Thanks for all your hard work with the multiplication facts! They are really coming along and there's a lot of enthusiasm in the air. Keep the momentum going!!
Social Studies: We finished up relative location and absolute location and have moved into our study of landforms. We'll be doing some fun activities next week and we'll also be using the computer as we look closer at landforms. Our next stop is regions and special purpose maps!
Science: We're continuing our study of electricity in science. The students have learned to create electrical circuits using D-cell batteries, wires, light bulbs, and small motors. They even know how to add in a switch which opens and closes the circuit turning the power on and off! Next week, we will be wrapping up this investigation and will be testing soon. The test on the Making Connections investigation will be on Thursday, November 13. The students will have a review sheet to use to help them study.