Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's Time for Multiplication - Weekly Update

On Wednesday we begin learning about multiplication! It’s first introduced through the concept of repeated addition, such as 4x2=8 is the same as 4 groups of 2, or 2+2+2+2=8. We will also learn about it through arrays, and make arrays with the computer program, KidPix. An example of an array is shown on the family math letter that went home on Friday. Another way that we’ll learn about multiplication is through skip counting. If your child can count by 3’s six times, then they’ll know that 3x6=18 and 6x3=18. Look for a skip counting chart to go home next week. Also, look for a multiplication chart to come home next week. Your child will probably need to refer to it while doing homework. This chart will be used for topics 4, 5, and 6 which cover multiplication, as well as topics 7 and 8, which cover division. If it gets lost another copy can be found in the File Cabinet section of our class website. Finally, the vocal words for topic 4 will be coming home. Your child will need to work on studying these, and may need to refer back to them while doing homework.

Along with studying addition and subtraction facts, your child can begin studying multiplication facts. The website has some great games that kids tend to love. One thing I find is that in their excitement to learn something new and “grown up” kids often fall back in their subtraction progress as they focus on multiplication. So, they’ll need to keep studying subtraction (and addition too). Speaking of math facts, this week we took our October addition and subtraction 100 question tests. The score reports for those will go home next week. Please sign it and return it with your child.

Here's what we'll be learning about the week of November 3rd:

  • Reader’s Workshop: Nonfiction books
  • Writer’s Workshop: Typing/publishing small moment stories. Starting information writing
  • Spelling: Unit 9 - Words home on Monday, test on Friday 
  • Math: Begin topic 4, Multiplication
  • Social Studies: Native Americans
Please remember that my door is always open if you have any questions or concerns. Together we are partners in your child’s education! 

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