The Magnificent McMurrys 4th Grade in Room 403

For the Week of November 20 - 22, 2017
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...

: Arrays and multiplication... we will be looking at how to represent multiplication by creating arrays. We will look at how the same number (like 12) can be shown in a number of different set-ups. Timings - we will start working on our 2 times tables and then see how they relate to division times tables. We will also look at multiplication and division fact families. 

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

stream tables showed us how erosion and deposition work to create new landforms. We will continue looking at landforms this week, finalizing our notes by drawing examples and noting how these landforms took shape. 

Next week, we will be looking at how fossils are formed. In doing so, each student is going to have the opportunity to simulate how a fossil is formed by creating one of their own fossils.

Castle Rock Intermediate School 
Winter Concert
Thursday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM
In the school gym

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 in Homeroom
11:40 - Lunch
12:00 - Recess 
12:25 - Class Meeting/Read Aloud/Lockers/Planners
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"

~ EXTRAS ~ 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 at this site:

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
Heidi McMurry,
Sep 9, 2017, 4:20 PM