• Week of May 29, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

There will be a Math Assessment on Unit 9 (Decimals) on Thursday 5/31/18.

Part 1 will be on decimals: reading and writing decimals, relating decimals to fractions and comparing decimals. For the assessment, students should be able to:

• Write fractions and decimals (only tenths and hundredths) interchangeably

E.g.      210    - 0.2       - two-tenths

5100   - 0.05     - five-hundredths

2310  -  2.3      - two and three tenths

• Reading and writing decimals on a number line
• Represent decimals on decimal grid
• Relate decimals and fractions to money amounts

E.g. 310     - 0.3    - \$0.30

4100    - 0.04    - \$0.04

326100   - 3.26   - \$3.26

• Compare decimals

0.15 < 0.48

0.3 > 0.23
Part 2 will be on reviewing multiplication and division by 10 and 100. Students should fluently multiply and divide any number by 10 and 100

E.g.  24 x 10 = 240

180 x 100 = 18,000

350 10 = 35

There will be no study guide HW due. However, students should use the decimals packet given out in class to practice and review the concepts in Unit 9!

Thank you for your continuous support.

Sincerely,

Ms. Tague

Week of May 7, 2018:

This week we are finishing up our geometry unit where students will complete an angles project as well as take their assessment on Wednesday, May 9th (see below). All projects not finished in class by Tuesday will be sent home to be completed at home. All projects due by Thursday 5/10/2018.

This week we will also begin our unit on decimals. We will explore decimals (tenths and hundredths) and compare them using their relationship to fractions. Below are a few links you can use to help your child:

Match decimals with a model activity (tenths):

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/decimals/DecimalModels10.htm

Match decimals with a model activity (hundredths):

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/decimals/DecimalModels.htm

Number Bonds - Decimals (adding decimals to get 1):

http://www.mathplayground.com/number_bonds_decimals.html

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Students will be taking a 60-point math assessment on units/chapters 10, 11, and 13 (geometry) next week: 401/402/403/404: Wednesday 5/9/18

This unit covers:

• 2-D Shapes (Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Lines, and Line Symmetry)
• Measuring Angles using protractors
• Area and Perimeter

Students were given worksheets that they will complete to practice their geometry skills and review for the test. This will count as a HW grade and will be due on Tuesday 5/8/18 where we will go over the topics that will be covered on the test.

Week of April 23, 2018

This week in math we will be reviewing past topics in 4th grade math. Students will be given practice tests in class, where they will grade themeselves and go over the answers theys struggled with. I encourage parents to go look at their child's test(s) and go over any errors they had. I also encourage students to continue practicing and brushing up on their basic facts such as multiplication and division!

Week of April 16, 2018

This week in math we are finishing up measuring angles and starting chapter 13 which covers measurement and data. This week we will focus on finding area and perimeter as well as drawing and interpreting line plots. This is the last week of covering new content before the Math state test which will be held on May 1st and May 2nd. Next week we will review past topics as well as take a practice test.

I will not be assigning any assessments until AFTER the state test. Following the state test, we will take a unit assessment/exam on our Geometry unit!

If you want to review line plots, please watch the tutorial on Khan Academy:

Week of April 9, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. This week in math we are jumping back into measuring and drawing angles using a protractor. A protractor will be provided to each student in class to work with but it is important that students have protractors at home to use for homework. If students have not already purchased a protractor in the beginning of the year, they will need to purchase one for this unit. The protractor should be kept at home and not brought in to school

*There will be no math homework on Wednesday and Thursday due to the ELA state test.

*ALL CLASSES RECIEVED A SPRING BREAK MATH PACKET ON THURSDAY 3/29/16 TO TAKE HOME AND COMPLETE OVER THE BREAK.

THIS PACKET WILL BE DUE ON MONDAY, 4/16/18.

*Since the Math State test is approaching fast (May 1st- May 2nd) I will be refraining from assigning any assessments or exams until after the test to ensure all topics are covered.

You may watch the video tutorials below to review the lessons we will do in class this week and play the games to practice the skills:

Measuring Angles Using a Protractor Tutorial-Khan Academy:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-angles/basic-geo-angle-basics/v/using-a-protractor . Click on the "Practice this Concept" questions at the end of watching this video.

Recognizing Types of Angles Questions-(Multiple-Choice):

Recognizing Types of Angles and Triangles Game:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/geometry/shapeshoot/triangles_shoot.htm

Constructing Angles using Estimation Game:

Week of March 26, 2018

This week in math we will be starting unit 11 where we will be working with angles. We will be learning how to measure angles using a protractor. A protractor will be provided to each student in class to work with but it is important that students have protractors at home to use for homework. If students have not already purchased a protractor in the beginning of the year, they will need to purchase one for this unit. The protractor should be kept at home and not brought in to school.

The protractors used in class may be smaller than the ones used at home, but students will be utilizing it the same way.

You may watch the video tutorials below to review the lessons we will do in class and play the games to practice the skills:

Measuring Angles Using a Protractor Tutorial-Khan Academy:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-angles/basic-geo-angle-basics/v/using-a-protractor . Click on the "Practice this Concept" questions at the end of watching this video.

Recognizing Types of Angles Questions-(Multiple-Choice):

Recognizing Types of Angles and Triangles Game:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/geometry/shapeshoot/triangles_shoot.htm

Constructing Angles using Estimation Game:

http://www.mathplayground.com/alienangles.html

Week of March, 19, 2018

This week in math we will be ending our fractions unit and starting our new unit on Geometry! (Units 10 and 11). We will be focusing on lines, rays, angles, and two-dimensional shapes.

In math class, the focus this week will be classifying triangles and quadrilaterals and line of symmetry. You can watch a tutorial on lines of symmetry by clicking on the link below:

https://youtu.be/Kah5w06eyCo

Also, below are a few games to practice finding lines of symmetry:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/geometry/shapeshoot/SymmetryLinesShapesShoot.htm

http://www.softschools.com/math/geometry/symmetry_game/

Week of March 12, 2018

QUIZ REMINDER

Students will be taking a cumulative math QUIZ on chapter 6 and 7, and our latest chapter 8 (Multiplying fractions by a whole number).

The quiz will take place on:

404: Thursday, 3/14/17

401/402/403: Friday, 3/15/17

This quiz will cover:

• Multiplying fractions by a whole number
• Multiply a mixed number by a whole number
• Adding and Subtracting fractions and mixed numbers
• Finding equivalent fractions
• Putting fractions in simplest form

There will be NO study guide for this quiz. Students should study for this quiz using their notes and homework in their GoMath workbook.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE REMINDER:

I look forward to meeting and talking with parents about their student’s progress this week! If you are planning to meet with me on Thursday, 3/14/18, for parent-teacher conference please be advised that all conferences will have to be limited to 5 minutes for each conference. Conferences will have to be timed in to ensure that all parents are met on that day/evening. If you would like to meet with or speak to me for a longer amount of time you are more than welcome to schedule an in-school conference or a phone conference during parent-teacher communication time on any Tuesday morning. You are also more than welcome to email me about your student’s progress if you are unable to make to make any of the above conferences. Please email at Stague@schools.nyc.gov if you would like to arrange this.

Thank you for your on-going support and involvement in your student’s progress!     ~Ms. Tague

Week of March 5, 2018

This week we will be closing out Unit 7 (Adding and Subtracting Fractions)!  Students will be taking a 100-point CUMULATIVE math assessment on chapter/unit 6/7 (Adding and Subtracting Fractions) on Tuesday, 3/6/18. ALL classes will take the exam on the same date.

Unit 7 covers:

• Adding and Subtracting fractions with like (same) denominators
• Writing a fraction as a sum of unit fractions (4/10 = 1/10 + 1/10 + 1/10 + 1/10)
• Renaming fractions as improper fractions
• Renaming fractions as mixed numbers
• Adding and Subtracting mixed numbers with like (same) denominators

This assessment will ALSO cover topics from our previous chapter (equivalent fractions). There will be questions on:

• Finding equivalent fractions
• Finding common denominator
• Comparing fractions
• Simplifying fractions

Unit 7 Study Guide is due on  Monday, 3/5/18. This review test will be counted as a homework grade. Failure to complete the review test on the assigned date will result in a zero. We will go over the review test on the day it is due. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and work on problems they struggled with in class as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: Stague@schools.nyc.gov

Week of February 26, 2018

Welcome back! Hope you had an enjoyable mid-winter break. Winter packets and extra credit packets will be due this Wednesday 2/28/18.

This week we will be working on adding and subtracting mixed numbers and improper fractions. There will be a unit test next week on Unit 7 (Adding and Subtracting Fractions). Dates to be determined. Below are a few tutorials and games to help you this week:

http://www.softschools.com/math/games/fractions_subtraction.jsp

http://www.softschools.com/math/games/fractions_practice.jsp

Week of February 12, 2018

This week we will be starting Unit 7: Adding and Subtracting Fractions as well as Mixed Numbers! On Monday and Tuesday we will focus on adding fractions, on Wednesday we will focus on subtracting fractions, and on Thursday we will review those two topics before students head off for winter break.

There will be a winter packet distributed to students this week that will review math concepts and skills taught thus far. Students can start it the day it's given out and it will be due the Wednesday we come back (2/28/18) from break.

Students will also get an additional packet that can be completed for EXTRA CREDIT points and that will help boost their overall average before marking period two ends. THIS PACKET IS NOT MANDATORY.

Week of February 5, 2018

This week we are wrapping up our unit on Equivalent Fractions! Last week we learned some more interesting "truths" about fractions:

When comparing fractions, we can use a benchmark of 1/2 to see which fraction is greater.

When comparing fractions, we can also pay close attention to the numerator and denominator.

If the denominators are the same then we can look at the numerator; a bigger numerator inidicates that the pieces are bigger. If the numerators are the same, we can look at the denomintor; if the denominator is bigger than this inidcates that the pieces are smaller (more people to share with).

Students will be taking a 100-point math assessment on chapter/unit 6 (Equivalent Fractions) on:

401/402/403/404: Thursday, 2/8/18

Unit 6 covers:

1.) Finding Equivalent Fractions

3.) Simplifying fractions

4.) Finding Common Denominators

5.) Comparing Fractions (greater than, less than, equal to)

6.) Ordering Fractions (least to greatest/greatest to least)

Your child will be asked to complete a review test in TWO parts to help him/her study for their test:

Part 1: Multiple Choice Questions (attached).

Part 2: Short Response Questions (attached)

This completed review test Part 1 AND Part 2 is due:

401/402/403/404: Wednesday, 2/7/18

This review test will be counted as a homework grade. Failure to complete the review test on the assigned date will result in a zero. We will go over the review test on the day it is due. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and work on problems they struggled with in class as well.

Week of January 29, 2018:

This week we are continuing to explore the fascinating world of fractions! Last week we learned some more interesting "truths" about fractions:

Equivalent fractions refer to two or more fractions that equal the same amount.

We can multiply a fraction by a number to find an equivalent fraction of more parts ( 1/2 x 2 = 2/4).

We can divide a fraction by a number to find an equivalent fraction of lesser parts. This is called putting a fraction in simplest form or simplifying a fraction ( 2/4 ÷ 2 = 1/2).

This week we will be exploring:

Common Denominators, Comparing and Ordering Fractions, Solving word problems using equivalent fractions.

We will be finishing up Unit 6 by the beginning of next week, with our exam being at the end of next week. Unit 6 study guide will be given out this week.

Here are some videos to help us study this week's topics:

Week of January 22, 2018

This week we are continuing to explore the fascinating world of fractions! Last week we learned some interesting "truths" about fractions:

Fractions are made up of equal parts.

Fractions don't depend on the shape but rather the size of the part. So different shapes can be equal in size (this was an interesting debate!).

Fractions are represented with a numerator (how many parts you have) and a denominator (how many parts the whole is divided into).

This week we will be exploring: Unit Fractions and Equivalent Fractions. Check back in to see what we discover!

Here are some videos to help us study this week's topics:

Week of January 16, 2018

This week we are starting a new unit, Unit 6: Equivalent Fractions. This unit will present new, challenging, and exciting concepts to students! We are going to start our unit off with some exploratory activities that will allow students to investigate and explore these concepts, discussing, critiquing, and debating the ideas of their classmates.

Volume ONE of our GoMath workbook is finished and students are to keep these at home in a safe place because they may be used in the future. We will not jump into our new gomath workbook (volume TWO) right away, so homework will be presented in other forms (worksheet, crticial thinking question, etc.).

Fraction Food for thought…and what we can do to make sure we don’t contribute to students’ misconceptions!

• Students learn “whole” numbers easily because they can count and “see” them. We need to help students realize that they can “count” fractions as well.

• Fractions ARE numbers. We need fractions to help us represent the amounts between whole numbers.

• Students often have the misconception that the larger the denominator, the larger the pieces are rather than the greater the number of pieces.

• The size of the “whole” is critical when discussing fractions and that ½ of one object does not necessarily equal ½ of another.

• Students often think equal parts must look the same rather than just be equal amounts of another.

• Sometimes students count “pieces” and fail to pay attention to the “whole”. For example, looking at two pizzas cut into thirds, each with one piece shaded might be seen as 2/6 rather than 2/3.

Here is an introductory video to equivalent fractions: https://www.helpingwithmath.com/by_subject/fractions/fra_equivalent_fractions.htm

Week of January 8, 2018

YAY my webpage finally works! Sorry about the delay. Happy New Year everyone!

So, this week in math we are finishing up Unit 5 on Factors, Multiples, and Patterns. This unit covered topics and concepts that students were somewhat familiar with already so it was shorter because we moved quick! The test date for this unit has changed due to the snow day:

401/402/403: Thursday 1/11/18

404: Friday 1/12/18

The test will cover: (the videos are an extra support tool that can be used for studying)

1.) Finding Factors and Common Factors   (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qAc22WxsWA)

3.) Finding Multiples and Common Multiples (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcsK6RrXPCI )

5.) Making and Describing Patterns

Your child will be asked to complete a review test in TWO parts to help him/her study for their test:

Part 1: Multiple Choice Questions (attached).

Part 2: Short Response Questions in students’ GoMath WORKBOOK pages 317-322.

The review test is due:

401/402/403: Wednesday 1/10/18

404: Thursday 1/11/18

I will be posting some videos this afternoon for extra practice and studying,

If you have a any questions, please feel free to email me!

~Ms. Tague

Week of November 27

This week we are starting our 4th unit on Division (divide by 1-digit numbers)! In 4th grade, we use the partial quotients strategy (also known as Long 7 strategy) when dividing. Below are links to tutorials on how to divide using the "long 7" strategy:

Week of November 13, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your child will be taking a 50-point math assessment on chapter/unit 3 (multiply by 2-digit numbers) next week:

401/402/403/404: Monday 11/20/17

Unit 3 covers:

Multiplying 2-digit by 2-digit, 3-digit, 4-digit numbers using:

1.) Area Models and Partial Products

2.) Regrouping

3.) Estimating Products

4.) Solving multistep word problems

Your child will be asked to complete a review test in TWO parts to help him/her study for their test:

You will find Part One: Multiple Choice ATTACHED and Part Two: Short Response in students’ GoMath WORKBOOK pages 137-142. Here are the due dates for both parts:

401, 403, 404: Part 1 due: Thursday 11/16/17 and Part 2 due: Friday 11/17/17

402: Part 1 and Part 2 due: Friday 11/17/17

Both parts will be counted as a homework grade. Students are encouraged to SHOW THEIR work for both part 1 and part 2. We will go over both parts of the test on the day it is due. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and work on problems they struggled with in class as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: Stague@schools.nyc.gov

Warmly,

Ms. Tague, Ms. Martinez (404), and Ms. Spyradakis (401)

Week of November 6, 2017

On Monday November 6th we will begin Chapter 3.  Chapter 3 is multiplying 2-digit numbers.  This chapter will build off of chapter 2. Chapter 3 is a shorter chapter, so the chapter 3 test will be given a few days before Thanksgiving break.  We will also be giving another multiplication quiz (1-12) on Monday, November 13th.

Please make sure that your child continues to practice their multiplication facts daily in order to make sure they are prepared for their chapter 3 exam.

Thank you,

Ms. Tague, Ms. Spyridakis (401), & Ms. Martinez (404)

Week of October 30th, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Your child will be taking a 100-point math assessment on chapter/unit 2 (multiply by 1-digit numbers) next week:

401:Thursday 11/2/17

402: Monday 11/6/17

403: Friday 11/3/17

404: Thursday 11/2/17

Unit 2 covers:

1.) Multiplication Comparison Problems

2.) Multiplying Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands

3.) Estimating Products,

3.) Multiplying 1-digit numbers by 2, 3, and 4-digit numbers using:

Distributive Property,

Expanded Form,

Partial Products,

Mental Math Strategies

4.) Multiplying 1-digit numbers by 2,3, and 4-digit numbers using Regrouping

Your child will be asked to complete a review test in TWO parts to help him/her study for their test:

You will find Part One: Multiple Choice GIVEN AS A HARD COPY ON THURSDAY and Part Two: Short Response in students’ GoMath WORKBOOK pages 137-142. Here are the due dates for both parts:

401 and 404: Part 1 due: Tuesday 10/31/17 and Part 2 due: Wednesday 11/1/17.

402: Part 1 and Part 2 due: Friday 11/3/17

403: Part 1 and Part 2 due: Thursday 11/2/17

Both parts will be counted as a homework grade. Students are encouraged to SHOW THEIR work for both part 1 and part 2. We will go over both parts of the test on the day it is due. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and work on problems they struggled with in class as well. I also encourage students to complete both these parts in advance and not wait until the last minute as Halloween is approaching next week and I know students will be busy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: Stague@schools.nyc.gov

Warmly,

Ms. Tague

Week of October 23, 2017

The focus this week will be on multiplying 1-digit numbers by 2-, 3-, and 4-digit numbers with regrouping as well as using strategies to solve multistep multiplication word problems. Unit 2 is coming to an end by the beginning of next week so students will have their Unit 2 Assessment by the end of next week (Week of 10/30). A study guide will be given out this week with the exact date and I will update the website as well once the date is finalized. Students will be given back their multiplication quizzes this week.

There are NO quizzes this week. Although, students should still be practicing their multiplication times tables! Look below for games to practice.

The Mid-Chapter checkpoint (pgs. 105-106) will be given as an extra credit homework assignment to help students review chapter 2 thus far. If students complete this they will receive 2 extra points to their average. It will be due:

402/403/404: Thursday 10/26/17.
401: Friday 10/27/17

It is not mandatory.

Week of October 16, 2017

The focus this week will be on estimating products by rounding.. We be using the rules of rounding and the basic fact strategy to help us determine if exact answers are reasonable

We will also be working on multiplying 1-digit numbers by 2-, 3-, and 4-digit numbers by using the distributive property and expanded form.. Please note that the standard algorithm for multiplication is only introduced but not encouraged in 4th grade. Students will be using standard algorithm for multiplication (and division) in 5th grade.

Students will be receiving their Unit 1 Assessment and Multiplication quiz back this week (1-6). Their second multiplication quiz is this Friday on times tables 7-12.

I continue to encourage students to use the personal math trainer and Math on the Spot Video on ThinkCentral. (GoMath! website) Every class should have their username and password for this website. If you are having trouble logging on, please email me.

Multiplying multidigit numbers using the distributive property

Multiply by tens, hundreds, and thousands.

Games on multiplying multiples of 10

https://www.studyzone.tv/game86-code3dc5617c60ff2ca509aabc60944162d1

Week of October 10, 2017

We just finished up our first Unit (Place Value and Operations) last week where students took their Unit 1 Assessment. The assessments will be handed back, graded, by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. This week, we will be beginning Unit 2 this week (Multiplying 1-digit numbers). The focus this week will be using bar models to solve multiplication comparison problems and using place value to help us multiply tens, hundreds, and thousands.

In this unit its's very important that students brush up on and practice their multiplication facts and times tables. Students are expected to know their times tables as they were tested on these in third grade. Students will have two multiplication quizzes in this unit. These quizzes will be simple and quick where questions will look like this:

4 x 2 = ________ or 6 x 8 = __________.

The first quiz will be held this Friday, October 13th on multiplication tables 1-6 and

Th second quiz will be held next Friday, October 20th on multiplication tables 7-12.

All the classes received or will receive their GoMath! Think Central log in username and password. This week I encourage students to watch the Math on the Spot Video Tutorials as well as the personal Math Trainer as they break down and go step by step on how to solve multiplication problems. The strategies used in the video align perfectly to what we do in class. (Go to Library -> Math on the Spot Video Tutorial -> Unit 2).

Here are some other resources to use for this week:

Games/Websites to Practice Multiplication Facts:

http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

http://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html

Video Tutorials on using bar model to solve Multiplication Comparison Problems:

Week of October 2, 2017

This week we are continuing to practice adding and subtracting large numbers using US standard algorithm. The focus this week will be to solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of the large numbers.  Below are a few instructional videos to help review addition, subtraction and tape diagrams:

Learn zillion video about subtracting large numbers:

https://learnzillion.com/assignments/EW723F8

Upcoming Reminder:

Chapter/Unit one Review Test (pgs. 55-60 in goMath) due:

402/403/404: Wednesday 10/4/17

401: Thursday 10/5/17

Chapter/Unit One Assessment:

402/403/404: Thursday 10/5/17

401: Friday 10/6/17

*Study guide was given out to students but is also available under the math resources tab

Week of September 25, 2017

The focus this week will be rounding large numbers to any place value. In third grade, students have learned how to round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. This year, we will be learning how to round large numbers to any place value (nearest thousand, ten thousand, hundred thousand).

Learn Zillion Tutorial on how to round numbers:

https://learnzillion.com/assignments/WH6QF2P

How to round numbers using a number line:

Rounding games:

http://www.mathnook.com/math/brain-racer-rounding.html

http://www.math-play.com/Rounding-Numbers-Pirate-Game.html

http://mrnussbaum.com/halfcourt/

We will also be learning how to add and subtract large numbers. The focus for addition and subtraction in 4th grade is to become proficient in using US Standard Algorithm

Tutorial on how to add large numbers using US standard algorithm :

Week of September 18, 2017

I am so excited to start our first unit this week!

Our first unit will be on place value, addition, and subtraction to one million.

First, we will be working on finding a number’s place value, reading and writing large numbers, comparing large numbers. Next, we will be rounding large numbers to any place value. In third grade, students have learned how to round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred. This year, we will be learning how to round large numbers to any place value (nearest thousand, ten thousand, hundred thousand). We will also be adding and subtracting whole numbers within 1,000,000.

This week we will be working on finding a number’s place value, reading and writing large numbers, and comparing large numbers.