The 4th Grade Magnificent McMurrys in Room 403

For the Week of April 23 - 27, 2018
Please feel free to contact me anytime you have questions and concerns. 
The best way to reach me is via email at, or call the school office at 360-501-2910.

Here is a quick overview of a few of the things we are working on this week...

:  Measurement conversions and using the appropriate units of measure for the given situation.

Last week we started adding fractions. This week we continue looking at mixed numbers, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, decomposing fractions, simplest terms, and improper fractions. Next week we will be looking at how fractions are related to decimals and how to order them from least to greatest.

For extra practice, have your student login to the website Amplify Fractions (see details under EXTRAS).

Please keep working with your child to build fact fluency - flashcards are a great tool for this.

We have some talented artists in our class. Here is one of the US Navy ships that the students drew:

 While we study environments, we are taking a look at endangered animals and why their existence is threatened. We are researching our animals by using multiple resources online. Later, using what we've learned, we will be creating dioramas in small boxes to create a model of the environment in which our endangered animal lives. Ask your student what animal they chose to research. They're pretty excited about it! They should be able to tell you some interesting facts.

Daily Schedule - M, Tu, Th, & F:
8:00 - Check-in, morning work
8:15 - Math in Homeroom
9:40 - Specialist (M=music, Tu=art, Th=PE, F=CLC)
10:20 - Recess
10:35 - ELA in Mrs. Smith's Classroom
12:00 - Lunch
12:40 - Reading Intervention
1:20 - Science/Social Studies/AVID
2:05 - Lockers/Planners/Read aloud/Art (Fridays)
2:40 - Dismissal

Schedule for Wed, Early Release Days:
8:00 - Check-in, morning work
8:15 - ELA in Mrs. Smith's Classroom
9:30 - Specialist - PE
10:10 - Math in Homeroom
10:40 - Recess
10:55 - Math Intervention
11:40 - Lunch
12:00 - Recess 
12:25 - Math in Homeroom
1:40 - Dismissal
Reading, Writing, and Social Studies: To see what the students are doing in reading, writing, and social studies, please visit
Mrs. Smith's web page.

Read aloud: I am reading the book Wonder to the class in the afternoons when time allows. This brings up a lot of interesting conversations about how we treat people that look different.

Reading: Students are to read a minimum of 30 minutes each night, five days per week, record what they've read in their planner and have a parent/guardian sign that they agree with what was recorded. This will be checked each Friday. 

On occasion, other homework will be assigned if work is not completed in class or for special assignments.

If you wonder why we don't assign more homework, here's a good article that explains our perspective: "31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework"


Amplify Fractions
: gain a better understanding of fractions by going through a series of lessons and practice problems at (use class code N2PVKX). Students will be introduced to the computer science field of coding. 
My homeroom will log into our classroom site at
Mrs. Smith's class will log in using this link:

Each student has a password that they have saved in their planner for this website. As students figure out the steps for passing each level, the levels progressively become more challenging.

Math and ELA Practice on Front Row: - students use their first and last name as well as class code: mcmur5.

Math - - students will have login information written in their planners. This game is full of math questions similar to what we will be studying in class. Practice on this site will help increase confidence in solving different types of problems.
Class code for my homeroom class: 345E17
Class code for Mrs. Smith's class: 290606

Math Tutorials/Math HELP!:
Visit the Khan Academy to watch YouTube tutorials on math concepts taught in 4th grade. Students will get a chance to practice their skills to help them master the topics.