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Friday, February 1, 2013

practice common core math activities each night

Gain familiarity with factors and multiples
Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1-100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is prime or composite.
Generate and analyze patterns
Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers. Explain informally why the numbers will continue to alternate in this way.
Possible Activities:
Square Numbers
Triangular Numbers


Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers
4.NBT1 Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700÷70=10 by applying concepts of place value and division.
Place Value Problems
Place Value Chart 

4.NBT2 Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

Numbers of the week:

   4,983 and 678,932
challenge: 6,987,301

practice your common core strand:


Numbers of the Wee for homework!
Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems
4.OA1 Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 x 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.
Possible Activities:

Representing Multiplicative Comparison Problems

4.OA2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.
Possible Activities:
Sample Multiplicative Comparison Problems

4.OA3 Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do you remember these unforgettable monologues?

Shrek Forever After, ShrekFiona, I know everything about you, I know you sing so beautifully that birds explode. I know that when you sign your name, you put a heart over the i. I know that when you see a shooting star you cross your fingers on both hands, squinch up your nose, and you make a wish, I know that you don’t like the covers wrapped around your feet, and I know that you sleep by candlelight because every time you close your eyes, you’re afraid you’re going to wake up back in that tower, But most importantly Fiona, I know that the reason that you turn human every day is because...

Kung Fu Panda, Po Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend. He traveled the land in search of worthy foes. .. The warrior said nothing for his mouth was full, then he swallowed, and then he spoke. … He was so deadly, in fact, that his enemies would go blind from over-exposure to pure awesomeness! … There is no charge for awesomeness … or attractiveness. … It mattered not how many foes he faced, they were no match for his bodacity. … Never before had a panda been so feared and so loved. Even the most heroic heroes in all of China, the Furious Five, bowed in respect to this great master. … But hanging out would have to wait, because when you’re facing the 10,000 demons of demon mountain, there’s only one thing that matters and that’s …

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The GrinchThe nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. … But what would I wear?!

How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup Horrendous  Haddock IIIThis is Berk. It’s twelve days north of Hopeless and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It’s located solidly on the Meridian of Misery. My village. In a word? Sturdy, and it’s been here for seven generations, but every single building is new. We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunset. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitoes. We have… Dragons! …. This is Berk. It snows nine months out of the year, and hails the other three. What little food grows here is tough and tasteless. The people that grow here, even more so. The only upsides are the pets. While other places have ponies, or parrots… we have dragons.

Alice in Wonderland, AliceWhy, how impolite of him. I asked him a civil question, and he pretended not to hear me. That’s not at all nice. I say, Mr. White Rabbit, where are you going? He won’t answer me. And I do so want to know what he is late for. I wonder if I might follow him. Why not? There’s no rule that I mayn’t go where I please. I will follow him. Wait for me, Mr. White Rabbit. I’m coming, too! How curious. I never realized that rabbit holes were so dark and so long and so empty. I believe I have been falling for five minutes, and I still can’t see the bottom! Hmph! After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling downstairs. How brave they’ll all think me at home. Why, I wouldn’t say anything about it even if I fell off the top of the house! I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time. I must be getting somewhere near the center of the earth. I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny that would be. Oh, I think I see the bottom. Yes, I’m sure I see the bottom. I shall hit the bottom, hit it very hard, and oh, how it will hurt!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Social Studies...{these are SO interesting}

CHeCk OUt These great 
"historical documents"
Ben's Guide to US Government 
This is a terrific site for helping students understand our government.  It explains the content clearly; in simple terms for younger students, and with more detail and depth for older students.  The section comparing national to local and state governments will be helpful at this grade level.

U. S. Department of Labor Kids Page 
Information about the three branches of government and historical documents.
First Gov for Kids 
This site was put together by the Federal Citizen Information Center It provides links to Federal kids' sites along with other terrific kid's sites in the social studies and other areas. The sites are all grouped by subject.  Geography, government, money and history will be very helpful for all grade levels. 
The National Archives Experience 
View a variety of primary source documents important to our nation's history including the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.  You may view the original document or read a transcript of the text.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

great app for division

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Daddy, Mother, Sister, Brother
I point out that the beginning letters will remind them to
1)Divide 2)Multiply 3)Subtract 4)Bring Down
For example:

Let’s start with this simple problem.

Since “Daddy” comes first, we divide first.

Next comes “Mother”, so we multiply.

“Sister” means we subtract.

Last comes “Brother”, so we bring down and start the process again.