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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MLK_JrJust a reminder that Wilson Elementary will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(National Geographic Kids)

The King Holiday: A Day to…

Activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Based on a true story, Island of the Blue Dolphins is a time-honored tale that shares the life of Karana, a young Native American girl stranded alone on an island for 18 years. It is written in a poetic, narrative style and is centered around the events that took place on a real island off the coast of California first settled by Native Americans in ~2,000 B.C. As with many great stories, we will also have the chance to view the movie to compare and contrast different versions of Karana’s tale. For more information about Scott O’Dell or the story itself, please visit the following links!

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Common Sense Media)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scholastic)

Scott O’Dell

EngageNY: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

engage_nyFourth grade mathematics studies will be largely centered around the materials found at EngageNY, a website developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department. The curriculum found there is based on Common Core instruction and follows a very sequential pattern to guide students through mathematic mastery. Although the material may seem difficult as first (the word “first” meaning different timeframes for different students), it helps students understand the deep concepts necessary for future success. Standard algorithms may provide a quick answer, but our goal is true understanding and a varied application of skills.

If you are in need of resources to help your child at these beginning stages, I highly recommend the following links. And, of course, please don’t hesitate to ask for further guidance!

Parent Handbook: Grade 4, Module 3 (our first full module this year)

Parent Guides to the Common Core Standards (EngageNY)

4th Grade Math Parent Resources (Livebinder from Floyd County Schools)

Winter Homework

SnowmanCan you believe it’s almost a new year?! I hope everyone is enjoying their time away from school! As your children are aware, we have a few items of homework during these two weeks. All are simple, but essential! Here’s a reminder:

* Read two AR chapter books and be ready for quizzes on Monday morning (1/5/15). All students already chose and wrote down their books on their homework sheet last Wednesday. 

* Practice cursive handwriting. Some future assignments will be required in cursive, a fourth grade essential standard.

* Fully master multiplication and division facts! Nearly all of January will be spent practicing double-digit multiplication and long division. 

Winter Party / Spirit Day 2014

For those of you not following our Twitter page, here are some great shots from today’s “Winter Party/Pajama Day/Santa Hat Day”! We had a blast playing holiday charades, creating coupon books for our parents, having a photo shoot, eating sweet treats, and watching The Polar Express. So much fun! I hope everyone has a wonderful winter holiday, and I’ll see you all in 2015!

The Hour of Code!

Oh, what a day! We spent the afternoon using our Chromebooks in order to participate in the Hour of Code! The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. It is a worldwide event that takes place during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014. We used Code with Anna and Elsa as our introduction, and I hope that students will continue to take their coding knowledge further! It is a valuable skill that is much needed for many new careers!

Sumdog Holiday Contest 2014

SumdogHolidaySumdog’s Holiday National Math Contest is almost here! It starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM, and finishes at 8:00 PM on December 18th! Remember, every student is limited to 1,000 contest questions. The final student score is based on the total number of correct answers. Student scores count from any computer, at any time, as long as the student is logged in to their personal account. The prize for the winning class is an iPad – and there are other prizes available, too! In addition to a Myths and Legends outfit, every student who plays in the Holiday Contest will receive three – yes, THREE – festive outfits for their on-screen avatar to wear: Santa, snowman, and reindeer. Are you ready, Room 36? Let’s make this happen!

Holiday Multiplication Practice

Holiday Multiplication PracticeGooey gum drop buttons! Each time you get a multiplication fact correct, another piece of the holiday scene is revealed! When you complete the level, you get to build your own holiday picture! Now that we know our multiplication facts, this is easy as pie. :) Be sure to always click on 0-9!

Happy Holidays Multiplication Practice

Twitter: Room36Aloha

Multiplication SlidersHave you been following along with us on Twitter this year? Perhaps just by clicking on our Homework List page, or by directly following along with your own Twitter account? If not, please join in! We’re upgrading our style of the last four years where our only postings were homework and reminders. Now you’ll find photos of projects and activities, students hard at work, links to other teachers’ classroom Twitter accounts, and more! Check it out!