In math this week, we continued to work on multiplying by a two digit number with or without regrouping, representing division with regrouping, and solving real-world multiple steps problems. It is crucial that students have a deep understanding of place value, in order to solve math problems. As a whole group, we go step by step, showing and discussing the procedures, sharing our ideas, analyzing different possibilities, etc. We do this work using manipulatives, models, words and number representations.

We will have our end on the unit assessment on Thursday, January 29th. We will have a review of the unit on Monday and Tuesday. We will continue to apply our knowledge of multiplication and division on our next unit Fractions, Mixed Numbers and Decimals.

Language Arts

We had such an amazing time studying Penguins this week! Please ask your child the different activities we worked on.

Some of the areas that will be assessed during this unit, outside of reading comprehension, will be your childʼs understanding of non-fiction texts. This will include, understanding non-fiction texts features, knowing the difference between facts and opinions, cross-checking and using multiple sources of information, conduct research, ability to summarize and synthesize to elaborate a simple writing piece with an introduction, main body and a conclusion.

As homework, students will be working on a penguin report which is due February 13th. If you have any questions, please let me know so I can explain it to you, as all the questions are in Spanish.

Character Education

The 3rd/4th graders were given the quote, “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt. We discussed the meaning of this quote, by a former first lady who dedicated her life to improving the quality of people’s lives around the world. The students brainstormed situations they see as unfair and then came up with possible solutions. The class worked together to write their own quote about justice and fairness.


In 3-4 art, we looked at examples of Islamic artwork and learned about the geometric and floral patterns that are used in many of the tiles, mosaics, and decorations. The students then made a small design in pencil and transferred this to a styrofoam “printing plate.” We had time to make a few prints using tempera paint and brayers. We’ll continue this project next week. (Please remember to have your students wear clothes that they don’t mind getting paint on :-