## Sunday, November 30, 2014

### Fraction Fun!

We are full swing into our unit on fractions. Right now we are working on composing equivalent fractions and identifying fractions in pictorial form. Here are some examples of how we are finding equivalent fractions.

Homework this week will be having your kiddo practice this concept. This will be due on Monday 12/8. Remind your kiddo that in order for the fraction to be equivalent, what you do to the numerator MUST be done to the denominator as well. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Have a great week!

## Sunday, November 16, 2014

### Interpreting the Remainder

The remainder is the amount left over after division.

Example: 19 cannot be divided exactly by 5.
The closest you can get without going over is 3 x 5 = 15, which is 4 less than 19.
So 4 is the remainder

So the answer of 19 ÷ 5 is 3 with a remainder of 4, usually written "3 R 4".

There are four ways your kiddo has learned to interpret the remainder. They are drop it, add it, share it, and use it.
The way you interpret the remainder has to do with what the word problem is asking. Homework this week will have your kiddos solving word problems with division and interpreting the remainders. They need to tell what they did with the remainder (drop it, add it, share it, or use it) and explain their logic behind their choice. Please let me know if you have any questions!

## Book Fair Family Night

Don't forget...Tonight (Tuesday) , Cox will be hosting Family Night in the Book Fair. Please join us in the library for wonderful literary selections and our Silent Auction for better teeth! Everyone wants a healthy smile, right? Yes!

Our Reading focus this 9 weeks is non-fiction yet we are tackling a historical fiction novel as our primary tool. Please ask your child why we would do such a thing? Wink wink.
- Historical fiction uses an actual setting in our history and provides accurate information within the text.
-While the characters in the novel are fictitious, they represent families that were present during these historical events and show thoughts and feelings these events evoked.

Our novel is I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912.
While we are enjoying the format of a novel, we are focusing more on the non-fiction information including, but not limited to:
-ship dynamics
-geography
-icebergs
-social class
-technology (lack thereof)

In fact, check us out completing our Titanic Web Quest:

## Friday, November 7, 2014

### Input/Output Tables

Input and output tables are diagrams used to teach the basic concepts of functions. They are based on the rule of the function. When the table is filled in, it produces the pairs of coordinates that are necessary to construct the graph. The input is the value of x that is applied to the function. The output is the f(x), or the answer that is received as a result of putting x into the function.

Here is a link to a clear explanation with examples if you or your kiddo need some extra guidance.

Homework this week will be practice with input/output tables. It go home on Monday and be due the following Monday (11/17).

If your kiddo wants some extra practice, here are some links to some games:

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/math4/d/functiontable4l.cfm
http://www.mathplayground.com/functionmachine.html
http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/math-games/stop-creature/
http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/amy/algebra/3-
4/activities/functionmachine/functionmachine3_4.html
http://www2.smarttutor.com/player/swf/Algebra_Functions_L3_V1_T4a.swf

Please let me know if you have any questions!

## Monday, November 3, 2014

### Can Drive and Silent Auction

Christian Care Center Can Drive

The annual Christian Care Center Can Drive is in full swing! This year, Cox is making it into a grade level competition. The grade level that collects the most cans by Friday, Nov. 14th will get 30 minutes of extra recess. Let's see how much 4th grade can collect for a worthy cause during a time of showing our thankfulness.

Silent Auction that will make you SMILE!!

Help 4th grade go to the Fort Worth Stockyards by participating in a silent auction that will make everyone smile. You will be able to grin with pride by helping the 4th grade Cox students AND your own smile will literally get an upgrade at the same time! 

We will be auctioning off amazing gift cards to Hwy 78 Dental and Orthodontics in Wylie. Check them out at wyliesmiles.com

Up for auction will be two \$500 gift cards towards orthodontics or Invisalign, one free whitening gift card, and three \$200 gift cards for dental or orthodontics.

The silent auction will begin on Tuesday, November 11 at the evening book fair (4-6pm). It will end on Wednesday, November 12 after the last Thanksgiving lunch (1:00pm). Email bids will be accepted up until the time indicated.