Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 30

Happy (almost) Halloween!

There is no homework tonight. I do hope, however, that you have made reading a LIFELONG habit and so you do it even if there is no log going home.

Also, if you are one of the students still on LEVEL A MULTIPLICATION MAD MINUTES, you should be studying your multiplication combinations every night. Please. Your brain will thank you.

Q. Why didn't Dracula have any friends?
A. He was a pain in the neck!

Want to read more Halloween jokes? This web site has jokes, coloring pages, and games.

October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! I wish you a fun and safe Friday and weekend!

Math: There is no homework, but I recommend visiting this website so you can practice your addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. There is some quick practice for everyone at every level. If you like practicing this website at home, feel free to take a graph so you can chart your progress (just like we do at school with our Mad Minutes)!

You received a reading log for the next week. Don't forget that you now also have to do a "Back Page Reading Response." If you misplace your log during the week, you can either make your own up or come get an extra (they are on the wall by my file cabinet).

You also need to return your signed Friday Note on Monday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's division time! You have 25 math problems to do. Don't worry, you should know all the multiplication factors involved in this worksheet. Pretend you are playing "Missing Factors."
42 divided by 6 = something
6 x something = 42

I know that 6 x 7 = 42, so 42/6=7.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 28

Welcome back to school!

Math: Please do Student Activity Book page 31. There are only two division problems, but each one has two parts. You first need to write a division story to match the equation. Then you solve the problem. Don't forget that your story decides what to do with the remainders!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's our October Mini Break! I'm certain you will enjoy your days off. I look forward to seeing you fresh, rested, and ready for school Tuesday morning!

In case you do miss the fun and learning we have here at Fitzmorris Elementary, here are some educational websites you might want to visit. Have a few free minutes while you take a break from reading? You can do some games and activities related to the topics we have been covering in school!

If you do find yourself playing some of these games, I would love it if you would comment to me on this blog to let me know which games you would recommend and which ones you think your friends should avoid.

Happy Fall!

This site lets you make multiplication arrays. Just click on one factor, then the other, press the = sign and PRESTO! You have a multiplication array.

Here is a National Geographic website recommended by Mrs. Garcia. She says that it has a great game that relates to what you are studying in Social Studies!

Here is another site that has some interactive math games you can play. I like this one because you can pick what kind of math you want to practice.

Here you help a robot decide if the word is a common noun, proper noun, or not a noun at all! It’s called Noun Dunk.

This is a website from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Here you can help Rex the Rhino discover mysteries about rocks, fossils, and minerals.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Math: Writing fractions worksheet due tomorrow. Remember, the total number of pieces is written below the line (this is called the denominator) and the number of parts shaded is written above the line (this is called the numerator).
Writing: If you want to have your friendly letter mailed off tomorrow, you need to bring the address of your recipient in. Otherwise, you will be able to take the letter home so you can hand deliver it.

Red Ribbon Week: Team up Against Drugs! Show off your team spirit by wearing a jersey!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Monday!
Reading: We don't have a reading log this week, but I hope you have made a habit of reading everyday even if you don't need to keep track!

Math: SAB page 27. You don't need to do SAB 28 unless you want extra credit.

Red Ribbon Week: It's no sweat to stay drug free! Wear sweats tomorrow!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Friday!
Please return the signed Friday Note on Monday.
Keep reading and practicing your multiplication/division combinations.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Math: Please do the greater than/less than worksheet. Keep practicing those multiplication combinations. Remember, division is just discovering the missing product!

Reading: Log due tomorrow.

Spelling: Ten word test tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Read! Study your multiplication combinations! Manipulate your word study words! Watch the debates! Go to bed early! Have a great breakfast! I'll see you on Thursday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Math: There is no assigned math homework for tonight. Practice your multiplication combination cards nightly if you have not passed MAD MINUTES LEVEL A.

Spelling: The word study words went home today. Cut the cards out and sort them into their spelling patterns. Rearrange the words into alphabetical order. Are there any other ways you can sort these words? The more you look at them, study them, compare them, contrast them, and move them around, the more familiar you will become with their patterns. Expect to do well on Friday's spelling test!

Reading: Log due Friday.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Math: You have Student Activity Book page 8 to do today. In this activity you break up the bigger array to make smaller arrays-- this should be easy stuff by now! Please make sure that you have answered all of the parts to problem #4.

Reading: As you read this week, think about the main character in your book. How are you alike? What would you disagree about? Would you like to be friends with this person? Why?

Reading Blog: Remember you need to respond to this week's blog posting by Friday. You can access this blog at

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Math: Take some time this weekend to work on your multiplication combinations. This web site has a lot of games and activities that will help you will your fluency:

Your new reading log went home today. It will be due next Friday.

Please return your signed Friday Note on Monday.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday, 10/09/08

Do you see how we broke this big multiplication problem (6 x 18) down into two easier ones?
Now we have (6 x 10) plus (6 x 8). We can make larger, more complex math easier by breaking the problems down.
Math: Complete the worksheet on matching arrays. Notice how they break each array down into two smaller ones.
Spelling: Test on 10 words (plus dictation) tomorrow.
Reading: Log due tomorrow. Please add up all of your minutes and have your parents sign the form.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday, 10/8/08

Math: Please do the sheet I sent home entitled “Stuck in the Middle.” You will need to organize the data to discover the median. Don’t forget to do problem #5 at the bottom. Now that we are moving on to our newest math unit you need to make sure you know all of your multiplication combinations fluently. Keep practicing!

Reading log due on Friday.

Spelling test on Friday.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Your homework:

Math page 3
You were given pieces of graph paper to help you solve these multiplication problems. You can also draw pictures or try other strategies to help you solve the problems except using a calculator.

Spelling Word Study
You all received your Words Their Way words yesterday. Please make sure you have cut these words out and are looking at them each day. Some review ideas: sort them into categories; write sentences with them; speed sort them (time yourself!); have a family member tell you the word and you "blind" sort them; do a traditional spelling test... You will have a spelling test on ten of these words (plus 2 sentences dictated to you) on Friday.

Keep reading! Your log is due on Friday.


Now parents and students in Mrs. Hovinen's fourth grade class have a place where they can check their homework assignments and due dates! Check each weekday after school for reminders of what you should be working on at home. Isn't technology wonderful? If you have any questions or comments about the assignment, please feel free to post a response, but be aware that I may not be able to reply to your comments immediately. If you have a concern that needs to be addressed right away, please call my voice mail or send me a direct email at

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