Happy Easter to all the 4MC families.

What is Easter really all about? The Easter bunny & chocolate eggs? They are symbolic of the empty tomb & new life.  Easter is about so much more for us as Catholics…

 

Happy Good Friday.  I hope everyone has been having a great holiday.  How are you going with collecting ideas for things you are interested in writing about in your seed (glad) bag?  I look forward to everyone arriving back at school next week with bags full of interesting “seeds”.  These seeds will be being used as we begin to write in our very own “Seed books” or writer’s notebook throughout Term Two with Mrs Ciavarella.

 

I came across this little chart that might give you a few more ideas of things that could be being added to your bag…

Addition Strategies

As we finished Term One we were consolidating and extending our understanding of a variety of strategies to solve addition equations.  We reviewed the use of the jump strategy and the split strategy.  These strategies involve us using lots of different thinking.  By the end of Year Four it is expected that students can : apply place value to partition, rearrange and regroup numbers to at least tens of thousands to assist in calculations and solve problems

The jump strategy uses an empty (or open) number line.  To use this strategy students must break one of the addends into parts to make it easier to add.  This strategy really encourages students to think flexibly about numbers and is a stepping stone to mental calculations.

The Split Strategy also requires students to think about place value.  One or both of the addends needs to be decomposed into useful parts to make them easier to add to each other. It can look like these examples…

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Split strategy 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our focus has been on exploring strategies that allow for students to come to a solution in a way that makes sense to them – with many steps or fewer steps.  There is no one way to get to the answer.

Being able to add tens or hundreds onto a number is a really important skill for both of these strategies to work.  You might like to practise doing this quickly.  For example: 23 + 10, 56 + 30, 67 + 20, 123 + 100, 345 + 200, etc.

Here a few fact sheets that explain these two strategies to mums & dads:

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Empty Number line-2ch7qbl

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Can you show mum and dad how you can use these strategies? Which one do you like most? Which one do you think you need more practice with?

PLACE VALUE UPDATE

The Victorian Curriculum states that Year Four students need to be able to model, represent and order numbers to tens of thousands.  For the last two weeks this has been the focus of our Maths lessons.

We have had some great sessions using interactives to help consolidate and extend our understanding of place value.  We have focused on understanding that each digit in a number holds a place and has value:

We have also been practicing writing numbers in three forms:

Some students are finding it tricky to remember that at times zero has a very important job at holding a place despite having no value.(Zero as a place holder-1b3ql7d).  This is especially important as we read and write numbers that have 5 digits and more such 80 123 or 45 604.  It would be good to practice reading, writing and expanding these numbers at home.

A fun thing we did in class was watch a YouTube clip like this one:

Then randomly I would press pause and the number that was on the screen, students had to read and record the expanded notation for. Have ago at home…

You might also like to use some of these websites for further practice (especially if you are having trouble with Studyladder)

http://www.math-play.com/Place-Value-Millionaire/place-value-millionaire-game_html5.html 

http://www.ictgames.com/caterpillar_slider.html

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/placevalue/BPOrder1000.htm

http://splash.abc.net.au/res/i/L1999/index.html

Our next unit is focusing on ADDITION Strategies.  You could practice up on your quick recall of basic number facts like 4 + 5, 9 + 9, etc.

🙂 Miss Morse

Homework March 21 – March 28

We have had a number of questions about Studyladder.  It would appear that through this site, there is now a limit of completing three tasks a day.  This means if Mrs Ciavarella is allocating more than three tasks in a week that you can complete, you can’t complete them all in one sitting.  There will be tasks set to complete this week.

Other homework expected this week, is five nights of reading.  Your nightly reading is to be recorded in your diary.  Parents please remember to sign the diary each week.

On the page facing the weekdays, there is a scripture (bible) story to read and then some activities to complete to help understand it.  Please make sure this week you are completing that page by Friday.

Can you please collect and bring to school some “Take away” menus (from local restaurants or maybe even from businesses that use a leaflet style brochure to promote the various services they offer)?  We will be using them as a mentor text in part of our Inquiry learning.

Hopefully students are also sharing with their parents, discoveries and interesting strategies we are exploring that can help them manage their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.  There has been lots of great discussion happening in class time…

Have a great week 🙂

 

Words that describe us

We asked parents to give us 5 words to describe their child.  Each list was typed into a word cloud (http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm) and this is what was generated…

The bigger the word, the more often is was used.  It looks like 4MC is a grade of helpful, kind, thoughtful, caring and happy students!  How lucky are we…

Wurundjeri Inspired Art

On Friday, the Year Four level worked together to create our Totem pole for 2017.  Each student added a light ray to the totem representing that this year we aim to shine brightly together.  Whilst this was happening, we also discovered a little bit about the Wurundjeri tribe.  Last year the teachers went on a walk along the Yarra River and learnt a little bit more about the traditional land owners of this part of Australia.  Next time you are in the city, you may like to walk along Birrarung Marr and see the indigenous art installations for yourself.  Photos that I took on this day were the inspiration for some art of our own…

 

 

Being a digital citizen

This week we are focusing on learning the serious responsibility of being a digital citizen.  Today we explore what it means to leave a positive digital footprint and agreed on what we want to avoid.  Before being able to work on Chromebooks during learning time, it is important that we fully understand being a positive digital citizen.  This would be a great discussion to continue at home…