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K-12 Blended and Online Learning

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Information

Welcome to Ms. Murray’s 4
th
grade mathematics class! This class is taught as a
blended class. The main delivery of this course will take place after school by viewing
short instructional videos online. Class time together will be spent working on guided
practice activities and projects.

Every student has been issued a MacBook Air and a G-mail account by The Lovett
School for educational use. Each student has also been given a Student Math Journal,
Volume 1 and 2, that will be used during our class time. Students have also been
issued a username, password, and 4
th
grade online student reference textbook by
Everyday Mathematics. Each of these resources can be accessed on our class website
(www.msmurraysclass.com) and will be extremely important to our blended class!
Anytime that the student or parent have a question, I can be reached between the
hours of 7am and 5pm Monday through Friday using the information under “teacher
communication.”

Expected
Student
Audience

My students live in the Atlanta area located in the state of Georgia, USA. Students
have completed the 3
rd
grade Everyday Mathematics curriculum as assessed by school
assessments.

Teacher
Communication

I am available any day or time by email at Claire.Murray@lovett.org. I will respond
within 24-hours Monday through Friday, except school holidays. You may call me at
770-555-2243. If I don’t answer right away, you can expect to hear back from me within
a day. Typically it does not take much time for me to get back to students, but
sometimes I need to go to the dentist, too!

Course
Description

In this course, 4
th
grade students will grow and strengthen their skills in:
• Problem solving
• Number and Numeration
• Operations and Computation
• Data, Chance, and Measurement
• Geometry, Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
Topics include: strategies of multi-digit addition, subtract, multiplication, and division;
fractions; positive and negative numbers; graphing; rounding and estimating.

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Learning
Outcomes

The learner will be able to meet the following goals with 90% accuracy by end of school
year:

Number and Numeration:
1. Read and write whole numbers up to 1,000,000,000 and decimals through
thousandths; identify places in such numbers and the values of the digits in
those places; translate between whole numbers and decimals represented in
words and in base-10 notation.
2. Use numerical expressions involving one or more of the basic four arithmetic
operations and grouping symbols to give equivalent names for whole numbers.
3. Compare and order whole numbers up to 1,000,000,000 and decimals through
thousandths; compare and order integers between -100 and 0; use area models,
benchmark fractions, and analyses of numerators and denominators to compare
and order fractions.

Operations and Computation:
1. Demonstrate automaticity with addition and subtraction fact extensions.
2. Use manipulatives, mental arithmetic, paper-and-pencil algorithms and models,
and calculators to solve problems involving the multiplication of multidigit whole
numbers by 2-digit whole numbers and the division of multidigit whole numbers
by 1-digit whole numbers; describe the strategies used and explain how they
work.
3. Use repeated addition, skip counting, arrays, area, and scaling to model
multiplication and division.

Learning
Outcomes
(cont.)
Data, Chance, and Measurement:
1. Collect and organize data or use given data to create charts, tables, graphs, and
line plots.
2. Use the maximum, minimum, range, median, mode, and graphs to ask and
answer questions, draw conclusions, and make predictions.
3. Predict the outcomes of experiments and test the predictions using
manipulatives; summarize the results and use them to predict future events;
express the probability of an event as a fraction.
4. Describe and use strategies to measure the perimeter and area of polygons, to
estimate the area of irregular shapes, and to find the volume of rectangular
prisms.

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Geometry, Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
1. Identify, draw, and describe points, intersecting and parallel line segments and
lines, rays, and right, acute, and obtuse angles.
2. Extend, describe, and create numeric patterns; describe rules for patterns and
use them to solve problems; use words and symbols to describe and write rules
for functions that involve the four basic arithmetic operations and use those rules
to solve problems.
3. Use conventional notation to write expressions and number sentences using the
four basic arithmetic operations; determine whether number sentences are true
or false; solve open sentences and explain the solutions; write expressions and
number sentences to model number stories.

**Additional grade level and program specific outcomes can be found at
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teachers/4th-grade/goals/.

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Topics by Week

Week 1: Unit 1: Naming and Constructing Geometric Figures
Week 2: Unit 1: Naming and Constructing Geometric Figures
Week 3: Unit 2: Using Numbers and Organizing Data
Week 4: Unit 2: Using Numbers and Organizing Data
Week 5: Unit 3: Multiplication & Division; Number Sentences & Algebra
Week 6: Unit 3: Multiplication & Division; Number Sentences & Algebra
Week 7: Unit 4: Decimals and Their Uses
Week 8: Unit 4: Decimals and Their Uses
Week 9: Unit 5: Big Numbers, Estimation, and Computation
Week 10: Unit 5: Big Numbers, Estimation, and Computation
Week 11: Unit 6: Division; Map Reference Frames; Measures of Angles
Week 12: Unit 6: Division; Map Reference Frames; Measures of Angles
Week 13: Unit 7: Fractions and Their Uses; Chance and Probability
Week 14: Unit 7: Fractions and Their Uses; Chance and Probability
Week 15: Unit 8: Area and Perimeter
Week 16: Unit 8: Area and Perimeter
Week 17: Unit 9: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
Week 18: Unit 9: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
Week 19: Unit 10: Reflections and Symmetry
Week 20: Unit 10: Reflections and Symmetry
Week 21: Unit 11: 3-D Shapes, Weight, Volume, and Capacity
Week 22: Unit 11: 3-D Shapes, Weight, Volume, and Capacity
Week 23: Unit 12: Rates
Week 24: Unit 12: Rates

** All units will take place over an average of two weeks. Some units may take a few
more days to complete, some may take a few less. Each unit will be followed by a unit
assessment to be taken in class.

Expectations of
Student
Participation

Students are expected to
1. View instructional videos outside of school
2. Complete comprehension questions at the end of the video
3. Complete daily learning activities and projects in class
4. Write a journal entry each week on their individual blog
5. Reply by commenting to at least two peers’ blog posts
6. Complete student survey at end of each trimester

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Student
Communication
Expectations

1. Encourage, compliment, and give helpful feedback to peers.
2. Reread and edit all work for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. (no
“text” talk)
3. Respond to all messages, phone calls, and posts from Ms. Murray within 24-
hours.
4. Respond to all messages, phone calls, and posts from all peers within 24-hours.
5. Use Netiquette at all times. See http://djbecker.weebly.com/email-guidelines--
lessons.html.

Late Work Policy

Late work will only be accepted when discussed with Ms. Murray. The student is
encouraged to call Ms. Murray to discuss the assignment; however, the parent can
make the call when appropriate.

Grading Policy

Assignments include daily activities, blog posts, projects, and assessments. This class
will follow The Lovett School’s grading policy on all assignments:

4 = Exceeds Expectations
3 = Meets Expectations
2 = Inconsistent at Meeting Expectations
1 = Does Not Meet Expectations
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Assessments

Each unit will wrap up with a unit assessment. These will take place about every two
weeks and will include an oral, slate, written, and open response component. Students
will have two days to complete these assessments during class time.

Students are required to view instructional videos outside of school and answer
comprehension questions that follow. These questions will be scored automatically and
emailed back to student to view their score.

Students are also required to engage weekly in blog posting and commenting with their
peers. Weekly blog posts will vary in topic based on concepts covered in class that
week.

Academic
Honesty

Students will complete all work individually, unless assigned differently by Ms. Murray.
All assignments (hard copy or e-copy) must be submitted with students’ honest work.
This will show Ms. Murray which concepts students best understand and concepts
where Ms. Murray can provide additional instruction. Consequences for academic
dishonesty may include:
1. Call to parents
2. Meeting with principal
3. Academic penalty, such as a grade of 0
4. Removal from program

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Acceptable Use
Policy

Students and parents are expected to follow the Rules of the Road Policies by The
Lovett School at school and from home. Please post them from home in a designated
spot for easy access. Parents and students must sign the Rules of the Road
agreement form before beginning coursework. To review the Rules of the Road, please
visit http://lovettlslaptopprogram.weebly.com/rules-of-the-road.html.

Student Right to
Privacy

At The Lovett School, we follow student privacy rights outlined in the Children’s Online
Privacy Act (COPA). For more information, please visit
https://www.privacyrights.org/childrens-online-privacy-a-resource-guide-for-parents.

Technology
Requirements

Students must have the following resources to best participate in class each day:
1. MacBook Air loaned from The Lovett School
2. Secure wireless internet connection
3. Headphones
4. Everyday Mathematics Student Account
5. G-mail account issued by The Lovett School

If you have a technological problem with any resource issued by The Lovett School,
please report the problem to Ms. Murray immediately. All technological issues will be
handled by the Lovett IT Department.

Copyright
Statement

This course is owned and developed by Everyday Mathematics by the University of
Chicago Mathematics Project. Course materials are not to be copied, edited, or
redistributed for any reason. Additional course materials are designed by Ms. Murray.
For more information on these materials, contact Ms. Murray at
Claire.Murray@lovett.org.

Students with
Disabilities

All students require instruction in many different ways! If you are enrolled in the Lovett
School Academic Resource Center, we will work together with the Learning Specialist
or Tutoring Program to make sure you have the materials you need. For more
information, visit http://www.lovett.org/academics/academic-resource-center/index.aspx
or contact Ms. Murray at Claire.Murray@lovett.org.

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th
grade level goals. Retrieved June 21, 2014 from
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teachers/4th-grade/goals/
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