Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful night!

Winter uniform is in affect. Please make sure that students have all the pieces – grey pants/skirt, navy blue socks/tights, black dress shoes, button-up white shirt, navy blue sweater/sweater vest, academic tie, and blazer. Please note that on Friday’s the house colour tie should be warn!

I sent home the Polar Expressions Publishing letter and information last week. I strongly encourage students to enter on their own time. One of my students placed third last year in the short poem category. Please keep in mind the due dates – poetry deadline is November 15 and the short story deadline is November 30. Good luck!

Upcoming Dates & Events

Wednesday, October 18 – UOI Summative due

Thursday, October 19 & Friday, October 20 – UOI Summative presentations

Monday, October 23 – Unit 2 Math test – review will be sent home


Today we learned how to multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers. This was a very long and challenging process for the students. The Grade 4’s worked very hard today but did not give up no matter how difficult it was. Well done, Grade 4’s! We will be continuing this topic tomorrow. Please see below a step-by-step  procedure.

Helpful Strategies:

1)  Basic facts – for 3 x 600 – we know that 3 x 6 = 18…all we have to do is add two 0’s to the answer because there are two 0’s in the question – 3 x 600 = 1800 or 3 x 6000 = 18,000 (three 0’s in the question therefore three 0’s in the answer)
2)  Place value – use a place value chart to help and remember when you multiply a whole number by 10, the digits move 1 place to the left (25 x 10 = 250). When you multiply a whole number by 100, the digits move 2 places to the left (25 x 100 = 2500). When you multiply a whole number by 1000, the digits move 3 places to the left (25 x 1000 = 25,000)

Multiplication/Division strategies:
1)  Known facts – Find 12 x 8 – you know 10 x 8 = 80 and 2 x 8 = 16, then 80 + 16 = 96, therefore 12 x 8 = 96
2)  Use patterns with for multiplication facts with 11 – 1 x 11 = 11, 2 x 11 = 22, 3 x 11 = 33 – each number increases by 11 (the ones and tens place value column goes up by 1) – when you get to 10 x 11 = 110, 11 x 11 = 121, 12 x 11 = 132 (the tens and ones columns again increase by 1 each time)
3)  Any number multiplied by 0 = 0
4)  Any number multiplied by 1 = that number (1 x 345 = 345)
5)  Any number divided by 1 = that number (269/1 = 269)
6)  Related facts –
**All 4 numbers are included in each equation**

Here is another example

Points to remember from unit 2 – Whole Numbers:
Standard Form is simply writing the number out in numbers (9361).
Written Form is writing it out in words (9361 = nine thousand, three hundred and sixty one).
Expanded Form is breaking up the number by using place value and + signs (9361 = 9000 + 300 + 60 + 1).

Place value chart.

Hundred Thousand

We also looked at ordering numbers and figuring out if some numbers were greater than, less than, or equal to. Remember the alligator mouth eats the bigger number (54 > 11, 2599 < 3001).

When subtracting with regrouping, please remember to take away one from the next place value!

Remember your rounding rules – 1-4 round down & 5-9 round up. For example when rounding to the nearest hundred 12 would round to 10 and 18 would round to 20. For the nearest 100, 233 would round to 200 and 571 would round to 600. Please remember to look to the number next door to help you decide if you should round down. Look for the words ‘estimate’ or ‘about how many.’

When adding/subtracting make sure you line up your numbers correctly (in their place value position)!


-Every second question on the first page in your math duo tang
-Watch Math Antics

Board work!

How to multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers!


Today we read chapter 6 of Anne of Green Gables. In this chapter we met Gilbert Blythe. Ask me who he is and what name he called Anne. We also used part of our language period to work on the ‘Beaver Den.’

A note on Raz Kids: St. Jude's has implemented the use of RAZ Kids in our classrooms. Your child has access to award-winning digital resources through Kids A-Z, Learning A-Z's website created for students. 

Students are required to log-in to this website once a week to complete online activities related to reading assignments that is aligned with students' current DRA levels. This once-a-week activity can substitute the 20 minute reading for that day. Your child can work on assignments or select other resources for reading and writing practice. 

Kids A-Z Login Instructions 
Step 1: Go to 
Step 2: Enter the teacher's username, hhocevar
Step 3: Enter your child's first name 
Step 4: Your child enters their password

**Username and password has been stapled to the front of your child's agenda**

Capitalization Hints:
M – months of the year
I – I
N – Name of people, places, things, etc.
T – Titles of books, movies, TV shows
S – Start each sentence with a capital letter


-Read for 40 minutes
-Spelling test on Friday


Today we continued our final summative: ‘The Beaver Den.’ It is similar to Shark Tank/Dragon Den. Students have to pick a province and try to convince me to lend them money to improve their province. Please note that all work is to be done in class, any supplies needed, will need to be brought in by the students, and the due date is Wednesday, October 18. We will present on Thursday and Friday. I am hoping that rough copies will be done by Friday!


-UOI summative due October 18
-UOI summative presentations are October 19 & 20
-Bring in research for you project/bring in your device

I hope you have a wonderful night!

Mrs. Hocevar J

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