Course Syllabus

4th Grade

Mrs. Liberatos

Math/Science 2019-2020

jessicaliberatos@fcschools.net 

Week of February 3rd

Hi everyone! 

The third 9 weeks is in full swing.  Check-ins went well and scores will go home as soon as we receive individual reports. Students are learning about mixed numbers and improper fractions this week.  We use visual models, number lines and equations to help us solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of mixed numbers and fractions. I've included a video below on last week's lessons on decimals and a video for mixed numbers and improper fractions.  In Science, we are continuing our unit on the rock cycle.  I’d like to do a lab using starburst candy, if anyone could donate 1 to 2 bags to each class that would be much appreciated! I’d also like to do a fun activity on Valentine’s Day using conversation hearts, if you’re able to bring in a bag of those by the 13th that would also be appreciated. Just reply all to the email if with what you can send in please.  I’d need Starburst by this Thursday and conversation hearts by the 13th. Field trip permission slips and money are due this Friday, February 7th.  If you have indicated that you are chaperoning, please verify that you are planning on riding the bus with us to the coast.  I know many of you are staying (I’m very jealous!).  I just need to make sure I have an accurate count for the trip down there.  If you haven't signed up  as as an official volunteer and you're wanting to be a chaperone please do so by clicking this link ASAP.  Link

We’ve also sent home a sheet to sign up to bring in baked goods (store bought) for the winter festival.  If you’ve signed up, thank you, and please remember to bring those in on Friday. 

We can do a Valentine’s exchange on Valentine’s Day.  We ask that your child not put other students’ names on them (they can put their own name) so as to make passing out the cards or treats much easier.

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Important Dates:

Friday, February 7th - 6pm-8pm - Winter festival; field trip money due

Monday, February 17th - Teacher Workday/no school

Wednesday, February 19th - Early release (12:45 p.m.)

 

Week of January 13th and 20th

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful track-out.  We are already back in the swing of things.  This week 4th graders are learning all about decimals.  We have started by creating equivalent fractions with tenths and hundredths and then adding them.  This week we will learn how to change a fraction into a decimal (only with tenths and hundredths).  Next week we will compare decimals.  In Science, we have started on Earth History, focusing on the rock cycle.  This week we will be looking at rocks and minerals and discussing their properties.  Next week, we will learn about the different types of rocks.  Homework will remain a spiral review this week and next.  It continues to be due daily.  Report card pick-up night is January 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   The week of January 27th we will have NC Check-Ins (our benchmark).   The best way to help your child prepare is to help them with their homework.  Many students are coming in without work shown and with no answers.  Homework is important to help keep skills fresh in their minds.

A note about supplies:  I have had many students not have dry erase markers or their ear buds.  Both of these are used on a regular basis and are very important to their learning.  Please check with your child to make sure they have what they need.  If you'd like to donate any to the class for those that do not have them, that would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much to those of you that gave me Christmas gifts before break.  I enjoyed them all so much and it was very thoughtful.  Thank you!

Important Dates:

January 20th - Holiday/no school

January 23rd - Report Card Pick-up Night 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

January 27th - ELA Check-in

January 28th - Math Check-in

February 7th - Winter Carnival 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Week of December 9th

Only 2 more weeks before track-out!  I know the students are excited!  We have spent the past weeks studying about equivalent fractions and learning how to compare fractions.  We use visual models (pictures) and number lines to help us do these things.  Next week we will take our fractions test and then begin reviewing area and perimeter along with multi-step word problems.  The next week we will have some fun holiday themed activities.  We will have a Stem gingerbread house building activity and a holiday celebration.  Please see the sign up genius linked  for items needed to help make these activities happen.  Students may wear their pajamas on December 19th for our holiday celebration.  Progress reports with interim grades will go home Monday, December 9th.  I do apologize for the delay but I wanted to have a few more grades in to give a more accurate average.  Just a reminder, Wednesday, December 11th is an early release day (we will also have clubs that day). 

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Week of November 11th

Hi everyone!

This week in Math we are working on the dreaded division.  I say dreaded because this is one of the hardest concepts that our 4th graders will learn all year.  I focus on two different strategies to help students; partial quotients and the open area model. I will expose them to a few other strategies as the year goes on but these are the two we’re focused on now.  I’m including videos below on these strategies should you need to help with homework in the future. In Science, we are finishing up our unit on energy. Next week we will begin our unit on magnets and force and motion. 

During the week of Thanksgiving break we will celebrate by making mini cherry pies and solve Math problems involving the recipe.  This activity is a lot of fun for the students but is only possible if I have help from parents by bringing in the needed ingredients/materials.  I hope that you all will support our class by signing up to bring things. I’m including a sign up genius to sign up for what you would like to bring.  There are slots for my class and for Mr. Heller’s homeroom. Please sign up for the item under the correct homeroom. Please bring in items by Friday, November 22nd. Click to sign up --> Link Thank you for your help!

Progress reports are being sent home today (11/13/19) along with your child’s score on the NC Check-in for both ELA and Math.  Please look over it and let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

Important Dates:

November 14th - Stemville at Youngsville Elementary 6pm-8pm

November 27th - Teacher Workday/No school for students

November 28th and 29th - No School for Thanksgiving break

Division videos:

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Partial Quotient Division

 

Week of October 28th

Hi everyone!

There will be no Math homework this week due to check-in benchmark tests and Halloween.  I hope all the students will get rest and eat a good breakfast. This week is Red Ribbon Week and a flyer was sent home with students about how to show spirit each day.  The book fair is also going on this week. I have told students they may go to the book fair on Tuesday for family night (4pm-6pm) and I will take the class on Thursday morning.  They may also go during their recess time.

Last week we learned how to use several strategies to multiply multi-digit numbers (2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit).  This week we will take those same strategies and apply them to multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. These strategies focus on using place value.  Students will learn the standard algorithm in 5th grade. I’ve included videos on the strategies below.

In Science, we will continue our unit on energy.  We have some fun activities planned this week so be on the lookout in Dojo.

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Important dates:

October 30th: Field trip to FHS to see Cinderella (no cost - turn in permission slip by Oct. 25th)

October 31st: Storybook Dress Up Day/Packhouse Sip Out Day

November 1st: Club Day (1:15-2:15)

 

 

Week of October 14th

Welcome to the 2nd 9 weeks and Happy Fall!  We are coming back full steam ahead. In Math, we are tackling multi-step word problems with all four operations.  This standard is very difficult for students. We did an activity in which we sorted problems based on whether they were one step or multi-step.  When these come home, please review with your child if I wrote that on the paper.  We have discussed using labels, drawing pictures, using models and rereading as strategies to help up solve difficult problems. In Science, we have begun our unit on Energy. Students are learning about the different types of energy this week.  The primary focus of the unit will be on heat, light and sound energy.  

As a reminder, report card pick-up night is Thursday, October 17th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Report cards will not be sent home.  If you are unable to attend you will still need to pick up the report card in the office at a later date.  This is a time to come in and see your child’s work and briefly discuss any issues. It will not be a time for individual conferences.  If this is what is needed, please email me to set up a time.

Permission slips went home today (October 16th) for 4th grade to see the play, Cinderella.  Please return by October 25th.

Important dates:

October 17th 5pm-7pm: Report Card pick-up

October 24th: Eat Out Night at Texas Roadhouse

October 25th: Book Fair begins (runs through November 1st)

October 30th: Field trip to FHS to see Cinderella (no cost - turn in permission slip by Oct. 25th)

October 31st: Storybook Dress Up Day/Packhouse Sip Out Day

November 1st: Club Day (1:15-2:15)

 

End of 1st 9 weeks

Happy last day of the 9 weeks!  Track-out is here! We had a great field trip and I’ve put photos up on Class Dojo.  I will not be sending home track out packets as I feel students need a break as much as us teachers. :)  If you would like them to have some extra work they may play Prodigy (I’ve put assignments in there geared to certain standards).  Also, practice their multiplication fact fluency. When we return we will be tackling some tough material: multi-step word problems, multi-digit multiplication, 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication, and long division.  These are tough concepts made tougher when students do not know their facts. Practice, practice, practice.  

Important Dates:

Oct. 9th - school beautification day (see below)

Oct. 14th - return from track-out

Oct. 16th - public library will be at YES (see below)

Oct. 17th - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Report Card Pick up Night

 

Info from the YES Beautification Committee

Please considering helping us spruce up our campus for fall! Use the link below to sign up! Our beautification day will be held on October 9th at 1:00. Hope to see you there! 

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Info from our Media Specialist, Ms. Pope:

There will be a representative from the public library here at Youngsville in the Learning Commons (library) on Wednesday, October 16 from 7:30-9:00 am to sign up families for library cards! You will need a photo ID and proof of address. There is no cost. 

 Also, Mrs. Pope wanted to let parents and guardians know that you, too, can check out books from our library. 

Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be held from October 24 - November 1. There will be a family night on Tuesday, October 29 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Week of September 9th

This week in Math we are exploring place value.  We will be comparing numbers and learning about place value relationships.  In small groups, we will continue to work on skills that students are struggling with from previous units.  In Science, we will continue our unit on health and nutrition. 

Our first field trip will be on September 20th to the NC Science Museum in Raleigh.  If you would like to chaperone please let us know as soon as possible and make sure you apply to volunteer on the county website (www.fcschools.net) (no later than the 10th as it can take 2 weeks to get approved).  We will send a permission slip home on Monday the 9th.   

Homework is now a spiral review focusing on skills previously taught in 3rd grade and this year so far.  Each nightly column should be completed and students will check it the following  day.  It should take no more than 20 minutes to do the homework.  If your child is struggling on particular problems please let me know so I can help them in class (you can email me or put a note on their homework sheet).  

Important Dates:

September 17th - Fiesta Mexicana Eat Out Night 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

September 18th - Early Release Day/club day

September 20th - Field trip to NC Science Museum/last day of the 9 weeks

 

Week of August 26th

This week in Math we will be working on solving area and perimeter word problems using real life scenarios.  Look for progress reports to come home this week with interim grades.  These grades are just a snapshot of how your child is doing in Math and Science.  They may have a M in one standard and a P in another and an A in another.  This is just an average.  If you have any questions please just email or call.  In Science, we are moving on to our Molecular Biology unit.  We will focus this week on the importance of eating a healthy, balanced meal.  Homework will be the same multiplication menu focusing on the 9's facts.  Your child should continue to study these facts on a regular basis.

Important dates:

August 29th - ELA/Title I night (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

September 2nd - Holiday/no school

September 17th - Fiesta Mexicana Eat Out Night 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

September 18th - Early Release Day/club day

Area and Perimeter videos:

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Area and perimeter word problem: width of a dog pen | Khan Academy

Week of August 12th

This week in Math we will continue learning about multiplicative comparisons.  We will start learning about factors, multiples, and prime and composite numbers.  I've included a few videos to refresh your memory. In Science, we will learn about the phases of the Moon.  There will be a test in Math on Wednesday about graphing that we will be reviewing for this week.  In addition, there will be a test next week on unit in Science.  Look for a Science study guide to come home towards the end of the week.  There is Math homework that is due on Friday.  The activities are the same but are focused on 7's facts.  Any questions on anything please just email!  Thank you!

Important dates:

August 13th - PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.

August 15th - Eat out Night at Scoops on Main (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

August 21st - Teacher Workday/no school for scholars

August 22nd - Fundraiser packet due

August 29th - ELA Make and Take Night (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Video on multiplicative comparisons: Comparison Models and Multiplication

Video on factors/multiples: Math Antics - Factoring

Week of July 29th

Welcome to 4th Grade

Welcome to 4th Grade! This post will stay on the website the entire school year so you can use it as a reference guide throughout.  Fourth grade is a huge jump from third grade, especially in regards to Math.  There are more standards than students have been exposed to in the past.  So this year will take hard work from the students, myself, and you - the parents/grandparents.  I welcome communication and any help from you all throughout the year.  On that note, I'm looking forward to an exciting year!

In Math, we will be spending the months of July and August learning how to read and interpret graphs and line plots.  In addition we will learn to read and understand multi-step word problems, and about multiplicative comparisons.  In Science, we will be learning about the causes of day and night and the phases of the moon. 

For the first several weeks, students will have practice homework for their multiplication facts.  This will begin Monday, August 5th.  This will be a choice board to be completed throughout the week and then turned in on Friday.  Many students in class are not proficient with their facts fluently.  I cannot stress the importance of them being able to do these quickly and accurately.  Please help your students practice on a nightly basis.  Eventually, instead of fact practice, they will be assigned a spiral review sheet to be completed nightly.

Progress reports go home every other week on Wednesdays (look for these to come home this week).  Please sign them and return them ASAP as I need them in order to do them for the following week.  In Math and Science, this report will be based on weekly assessments.  On the fifth week, it will be an interim grade.  It's very important for us to keep the lines of communication open this way so if at any time you have questions please let me know.

Please remember to check your email regularly for important updates. 

Also, I did not mention at open house, but we will be doing snack time this school year since our lunch isn't until 12 p.m.  Please send a healthy snack with your child.  

As mentioned in my newsletter, I will be using Class Dojo for behavior management.  I will be sending home codes to sign up.  Students will get 5 points if you sign up! :)  This website/app allows you to see your child's behavior in real time.  It also allows you to see all the exciting things we're doing in the classroom as I can post pictures similar to Facebook.  Please sign up asap. 

Please see below for important dates and the class schedule.  Thank you!!  Feel free to email me with any questions!

I'm looking forward to an exciting year!

Important dates:

August 1st - Start of PTO Fundraiser

August 13th - PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.

August 15th - Eat out Night at Scoops on Main (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

August 21st - Teacher Workday/no school for scholars

August 29th - ELA Make and Take Night (6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Liberatos Class Schedule

7:50 a.m. - 8:05 a.m. - Welcome Students

8:05 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. - Morning Work

8:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Liberatos Math/Science

10:00 a.m. - Switch/bathroom break/snack

10:00 a.m. - 11:58 a.m. - Heller Homeroom Math/Science

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Liberatos Lunch

12:04 p.m. - 12:34 p.m. - Heller Lunch

12:40 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. - Recess

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Junior Jag Time

Liberatos - Mondays, Tuesdays

Heller - Wednesdays, Thursdays

1:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. - pack up for dismissal 

1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. - Specials

A - PE

B - Art

C - Music

2:45 p.m - Dismissal

 

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