The Magnificent McMurrys 4th Grade in Room 403

For the Week of February 20 - 23, 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...

: We continue working on long division using the mnemonic device of Does McDonalds Serve Cheese Burgers to help us remember the steps Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Check, and Bring down. We are working with remainders and interpreting what to do with the left-overs ~ depending on the scenario.

In geometry we will begin classifying quadrilaterals based on parallel sides, right angles, and congruent sides.

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

 We continue working on our unit about environments. Our terrariums continue to grow, even if they are a bit slow due to the cold weather. 

We tested 2 different environments with our darkling beetles and isopods. We first tested whether they like dry, moist, or wet environments best. Then we tested whether they like light or dark environments.

Coming up, we will be planting more seeds to determine water tolerance to find the right amount of moisture for the best growth. We will have controlled environments with carefully measured amounts of water to compare results side by side.
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 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