The 4th Grade Magnificent McMurrys in Room 403

For the Week of June 11 - 15, 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...

This week we are having some fun with math by using a variety of math skills to become detectives to solve a CSI Crime Scene with a number of alien suspects. We will eliminate the suspects one by one.

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

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Science: Last week we started building circuits to light a light bulb. We slowly added more components to our circuits to see if we can control lighting a bulb. This week we will add more components and experiment with testing whether different materials make good conductors or insulators.

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"


Scratch: Computer science coding. This is a fun site to practice coding to create a moving masterpiece. 
Our class link is:

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 - - 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.