The last 2 months of 2017 have been action packed with lots of exciting learning taking place. I’m looking forward to
Math: Multiplication and Division Concepts: The children will be working with products and quotients of whole numbers and applying properties of operations to problem-solving situations. The children will uncover patterns within multiplication and division and use these to build fluency. The children will be working with properties (rules about how numbers work) of multiplication. The properties that children will be working with are the zero property of multiplication, identity property of multiplication, associative property, the commutative property, and the distributive property.
Knowing and Understanding Basic Multiplication Facts 0-12: The standards use the word fluently, which means accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility. When children are asked to know facts from memory, the focus must not be solely upon memorization. Students must have numerous and varied experiences working with manipulatives, pictures, arrays, and numbers to internalize the basic facts. By studying patterns in multiplication facts and relating multiplication to division, children will build a foundation for fluency with these facts. Some strategies children may use to attain fluency are listed below:
- Doubles (2s facts), Doubling Twice (4s), Doubling three times (8s)
- Tens facts (relating to place value, 5 x 10 is 5 tens or 50)
- Five facts (half of tens)
- Skip counting (counting groups of — and knowing how many groups have been counted)
- Square numbers (ex: 3X3)
- Nines (10 groups less one group)
- Decomposing into know facts (6×7 is 6×6 plus one more group of 6)
- Turn-around facts (commutative property)
- Fact Families
- Missing Factors
Science: The children have been learning about force and motion. The last part of the unit was about balanced forces. They saw different bridge design model and then they had to create their own bridge. Their bridge needed to be strong, and stable. They tested the strength of their bridges with weights and the stability of their bridge by making sure a model car could get across the bridge at least 4 times. I was very impressed with the different designs the children created. Pictures of final bridge designs are below.
Social Studies: When we return in January we will be starting our second social studies unit on Exploration and Settlement. The children will be learning about how people adapt and change as they move to new places. Exploration requires courage, perseverance, and innovation.
Writing: Information writing is our new unit of study. The children are expected to write an informative paper about any topic they know well. Before break the children learned how to organize their papers into chapters and how to add details. The children will continue to write these papers for the month of January.
Six Flag’s Reading Program: In order to get a free ticket to Six Flag’s Amusement Park, children need to log 6 hours of reading between now and 2/23/18. When they are done reading 6 hours they need to get their completed log to Mrs. Geidner. The tickets usually arrive sometime in May. This is such a fun way to get those reading minutes accomplished and it goes hand-n-hand with our 30 Book Challenge.
January 8, 2018: Return to School
January 15, 2018: No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day