Math Unit Six

This week we will begin Unit 6 of Math.

As a school, we are trying to choose a new math resource to use next year. During this unit, we will be trying out the updated Everyday Math Program. Even though we will use the updated resource we will still cover the same topics from unit 6 of our current resource. You may notice that some resources look different. For example, the family letter attached here. (Please note, the family letter mentions fractions. We have not covered fractions yet and they will not be included in our work in this unit.)

Our focus for Unit 6 will be the following concepts:

Division facts, extended division facts, the partial-quotient method of long division, measuring angles.

Please find attached the family letter for unit 6 along with the IPP including IXL modules.

For an explanation of partial quotient, you can watch the video linked.

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Rights and Responsibilities – Living Museum

For this Unit’s summative assessment we will be creating a “Living Museum”.
The students will choose a character to become. They may choose to be a real person (from any time period) who has had their rights violated or they may choose to be a real person who is helping people who’s rights are violated. Some examples that we had last year were; Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Malala.
Students may also choose to invent a character based on a particular time period in which people’s rights were violated or missing. For example, a child during the great depression, a UNICEF worker, a child during a war, etc.
Students will conduct research, in class only, to know as much about their character or person as possible. They will need to have most of their researched memorized, as they may only have a few photos to help them during their presentation, no written notes.
We will hold our Living Museum in class on Thursday, February 14th 2:00 – 2:45 pm. We would love for you to come to see us in the museum. A more formal invitation to follow soon.
On the day of the museum, students will be able to bring a costume to represent their character.
We will assess students on their research, presentation, understanding of the lines of inquiry and reflection. Please find attached the rubric we will use to assess.
Additionally, attached is a link to a youtube video of a living museum example from another school.

Math Unit 5

This week we are beginning unit 5 of Everyday Math. Below you will find the links to the family letter for unit 5 in English and Arabic, along with the start of unit IPP with related IXL modules.

In unit 5, we will focus on solving multi-digit multiplication using extended multiplication and partial product methods. If your child is still not able to answer their basic multiplication facts (0-12) quickly and accurately, they need to be reviewing them daily.

We will not be covering the standard algorithm in class.  If you are not familiar with the methods we will use in class, the videos below can be helpful.

(Please note we will not be using the Lattice method, as it is no longer a 4th-grade standard.)

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Curriculum Updates

We are starting new units in just about every area, so here is a quick overview of what we will be working on the next few weeks. Please check the post below this for math information.


We are exploring with Historical Fiction. As a class, we will be reading Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry.

Our area of focus will be how to deepen your understanding by:

-Finding places in the story where the kids pose questions.

-Looking for a source, including part of a bigger article.

-Reading just that part to gather information.

-Rethinking what happened in the book with this information in mind.


We will learn to use images to deepen our understanding of what we read:

-Ask: what does the picture remind you of in the book?

-Look at all parts of the picture and notice the details.

-Use expert vocabulary to describe what you see

-examples: foreground, background, margins, top-left corner

-Compare what you had been picturing in your mind to what you see in the image.

-Think about how the picture affects your envisioning of what you read.



We are revisiting writing narratives. Students will have a refresher course in the components of a narrative, focusing on small moments, grammar, characters, plots, paragraph formation and details.

Students will have the choice of writing a story about a topic of their own choosing, while having the option of choosing to write a historical fiction story, or a story that relates to our current UOI unit on Rights and Responsibilities.



We are starting a Social Studies unit on Rights and Responsibilities. Our Central Idea is “People have Rights and Responsibilities”.

Our lines of inquiry are:

An inquiry into rights & responsibilities.

An inquiry into violation of children’s rights.

An inquiry into how people work to protect children’s rights and provide equal opportunities.

This is always a popular unit, and the students always enjoy reading and learning about children in other parts of the world. We are discussing the difference between rights and responsibilities, and how that looks different in different parts of the world.

This Week in Math (Jan. 6th – 11th)

This week we will be completing the last section for unit 4, on measuring metric length. Students will need to be able to measure objects, lines, and distances to the closest half centimeter. (Please note the closest half centimeter might be a whole number).

Students will also need to be able to use a ruler to draw a line to a given half centimeter length.

Finally, students will need to be able to convert metric measurements of length.

For example 6 cm = 60 mm /   4 cm = 0.04 m  /  78 mm = 7.8 cm

Next Sunday, Jan 11th the students will complete Unit 4 of math by finishing the measuring section of “Written Assessment Part A” as well as all of “Written Assessment Part B” and the “Open Response” sections for Unit 4.

“Written Assessment Part B” and “Open Response” will have problems relating the decimals concepts we learned in Unit 4 before the break. As such, we will also revise decimals this week.


Thank you,

Fourth Grade Teachers

Everyday Math Unit 4 and curriculum updates

Unit 4 Math

This week we are beginning our Fourth Unit of Everyday Math. In this unit, we will learn about decimal numbers and measuring to the nearest half and full centimeter.

Due to our limited time, we will learn, practice and assess concepts relating to decimals before the winter break.

Following our return, in January we will learn, practice and assess the measuring concepts of the unit.

Please find attached the English version of the Unit 4 Family letter, the Arabic version of the Family letter as well as the Individual Profile of Progress with recommended IXL modules for home practice.



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We are continuing our Non-fiction unit in Reading. Here is a reminder of what is covered in this unit:

Unit 2 for reading is:
Reading the Weather, Reading the World
For this unit, we will be reading nonfiction books.
We will learn that to read nonfiction well, you must:

  •  Make a connection to your text
     Preview the whole text and predict how it might go
    o Use prior knowledge of the topic
    o Scan the text features
     Figure out the text’s structure and use it to determine importance:
    o Problem/solution
    o Compare/contrast
    o Cause/effect
    o Chronological
     Tackle the hard parts of nonfiction reading:
    First notice:

    • o Misplaced, misleading, or poetic headings
    • Fact overload
    • Confusing beginnings that don’t directly introduce the topic of the text
    • Long detours with extra information that can pull you away from the main idea
    • Then take action:
      • Read and reread
      • Ask: “what is this part teaching?”
      •  Notice if a text is hybrid and figure out which lens to read through, and when Narrative lens (reads like a story, has a problem/resolution, setting,
      • Expository lens (tells about a topic, tells a big idea and details, tells about a group of things)
    •  Figure out the meaning of unknown words:
      • Look in a word
      • Look around the word
  • Some key words we are going to study to understand what type of nonfiction book
    we are reading:
  • Chronological: First, then, next, after that, finally, before, after
  • Problem/Solution:  A problem is, a solution is, if…then, so that
  • Cause/Effect: Because, since, reasons, then, therefore, so, in order
  • Compare/contrast Different, same, alike, similar, although, but, yet, or

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We are continuing our Journalism Unit in writing. Here is a reminder of what we are working on:

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We will begin working on a Journalism Unit to go along with our Reading and UOI. The students will learn how to:

  • Generate news stories by finding sources
  • Revise News stories
  • Conduct interviews and take notes
  • Edit and Publish a news story

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We are also continuing our UOI Unit on Natural Process/Disasters and Innovation:


We will begin our Where We Are in Place and Time unit on October 28.

Central Idea: The world changes due to natural processes and human innovation.

An inquiry into…

  • How natural processes shape the land (function)
  • How people and the environment affect each other (connection)
  • The role of innovation in the past, present, and future (change)

This is a science based unit, and we will be discussing weather, innovation, and the connection between those things and the community.

Grade 5 Market Day

Dear parents,

On Sunday, November 11, the Grade 5 students will host “Market Day” as part of their How We Organize Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. During this unit students have been learning about businesses, how to start them, and what makes them successful. As the culminating activity, Grade 5 students have created businesses and will host “Market Day” for Grades 1 – 4 during each lunch recess on Sunday, November 11. Prices of goods and services at “Market Day” will be under 10 aed. If you would like your child to participate in “Market Day”, please send your child to school with a small amount of money (5-20 aed) on Sunday, November 11.

Kind Regards,

The Grade 5 Teachers and Students

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences

November 14 & 15, 2018

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

You can sign up using the UAS Parent Portal.  See instructions to book your appointment here.  If you are having technical problems please contact The booking system on the Parent Portal will close on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm. Please be sure to select your appointments by that time.

We kindly ask that you complete this Google Form (G4) for each of your children in grade 4. This form will provide information to your child’s teachers in order to help them best meet your needs during these conferences.

Scholastic Book Ordering

Good Afternoon UAS Families,
Scholastic Book Club is a fun and easy way to choose books for your children. Just follow the link below, select books for your child, and pay online. A couple weeks later, the books will arrive at school and be delivered to your child’s classroom. As a bonus, every time someone in the UAS community orders through the UAS link, the school receives free books for our classrooms and library! Please check out the link to browse the latest books and order online:

Please place your order online by November 1st, 2018.

Happy reading!

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