**DECEMBER 2018**

The fourth graders have begun their study of long division! We have practiced dividing numbers by multiples of 10, 100, and 1000. We estimated quotients by rounding numbers so that they are easier to calculate mentally. The students will also learn how to interpret remainders. Our goal is to be able to determine when it's appropriate to ignore the remainder, add one to the whole number quotient, or use the remainder as the answer.

To reinforce division at home, take 30 (or any amount!) basic objects such as cotton balls or pennies and place them on a table. Instruct your child to divide them into 3 equal groups and ask how many are in each group and how many are left over? Repeat this process with 2 equal groups, 4 equal groups, etc. Challenge your child with more objects and different size groups!

Here are some key words that your child should know:

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I wish all my students and their families peace and love this Christmas season. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful community at St. Isidore School!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Conte

To reinforce division at home, take 30 (or any amount!) basic objects such as cotton balls or pennies and place them on a table. Instruct your child to divide them into 3 equal groups and ask how many are in each group and how many are left over? Repeat this process with 2 equal groups, 4 equal groups, etc. Challenge your child with more objects and different size groups!

Here are some key words that your child should know:

**a number that is being divided**__Dividend:__**the number by which the dividend is being divided**__Divisor:__**the number that is left over after one whole number is divided by another**__Remainder:__**number in a problem or related numbers that are easy to work with mentally**__Compatible numbers:__It is

**to practice basic division facts until your child can answer without hesitation. Review numbers with equal quotients and remainders. When students achieve automaticity with math facts, they have attained a level of mastery that enables them to retrieve them from long-term memory without conscious effort or attention. Practicing flash cards as well as working on the IXL and XtraMath.org websites are excellent resources to practice math facts.**__very important__I wish all my students and their families peace and love this Christmas season. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful community at St. Isidore School!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Conte