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Mrs. Sposato

Spring Conferences - Click on the link to schedule a time to review your child's progress

E-Mail: lcsposato@dcsdk12.org
Phone:  303.387.6600

MATH

In Module 3,  Multi Digit Multiplication and Division, students use place value understanding and visual representations to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. As a key area of focus for Grade 4, this module moves slowly but comprehensively to develop students’ ability to reason about the methods and models chosen to solve problems with multi-digit factors and dividends.

Students begin by investigating the formulas for area and perimeter. They then solve multiplicative comparison problems including the language of times as much as with a focus on problems using area and perimeter as a context (e.g., “A field is 9 feet wide. It is 4 times as long as it is wide. What is the perimeter of the field?”). Students create diagrams to represent these problems as well as write equations with symbols for the unknown quantities.  This is foundational for understanding multiplication as scaling in Grade 5 and sets the stage for proportional reasoning in Grade 6.

Math HW - Students in each of the groups will receive homework each school night.  This may be a worksheet following up on the days' lesson, i-Ready lessons, basic fact practice, or a "Choice" of strategy games (think board games) to build logic, reasoning, and problem solving skills.

In fourth grade there are still some students needing to master memorizing basic facts.  The kids have been asked to study/practice daily to build rapid recall.  Here is why: a quick recall of facts will build problem solving skill and confidence.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Colorful Colorado -

The National Park Service has a program designed to encourage kids and their families to visit our National Parks. Every 4th grader is eligible for a free park pass! Click on this link for information about this program.  Keep in mind we have two National Parks in our beautiful state:  Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park.

Homework

Reading -
We are striving to spend 45 minutes between home and school on iReady Reading lessons each week.  The students know how to check and monitor their amount of time in the "My Progress" tab.

Fourth graders are encouraged to read outside of school daily.  A guideline is 30 minutes each day.   If a student does not complete his/her classwork, they are asked to complete it at home.

SCE has access to the Typing Pal program for keyboarding skills.  The students are permitted to practice at home as well as in school.  Suggested amount of time to practice is 1 hour per week spread out over several times. We strongly encourage each student to spend time on a regular basis practicing this skill as well to develop stronger skill prior to middle school.
2. Click Typingpal Online-for Schools
3. Click Typing Pal School log in
4. Enter the code- dcsdscms
5. Enter username and password (lastnamefirstinitialmiddleinitial, lunch #)

SCIENCE

Our units address the three branches of science (life, earth, and physical) and they are:

Ecosystems - the interdependence of living and nonliving things
Fossils - as evidence or clues to earlier life
Classification of Life (animal kingdom, etc.)
Energy & how it moves through a system
Sun & Moon - observable & predictable patterns (current unit of study)