Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up

Happy New Year! I hope that the holidays and vacation were fun and restful for all families! We are totally back in the swing of things, and your children have been such hard workers this week! You should be a fly on the wall to see their amazing effort and focus!

We’ve spent the week learning about the meanings of division. Students have learned that dividing means breaking things up into equal groups. They’ve practiced doing that with Fruit Loops (a yummy fun math lesson!) and with counting cubes. They’ve learned how to use repeated subtraction to divide, as well as use a multiplication chart to find the answer (quotient) to a division problem. They’ve also started learning to recognize when a story problem is asking them to divide. That one takes a little practice though. You can help at home by giving them a story problem, and asking them what operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) they should use to solve it and why. The “why” is important, it helps them process through the problem, stopping to think what needs to be done. Once they can give you the why, then have them solve it. An example of a problem you might use at home is: Grandma has 9 cookies to share equally among the three kids in our family. How many cookies should each child get?

Just a reminder, your child has PE every Thursday. Please try to remind them to wear sneakers on that day, or have them in their bag to change into. Also, they have music every Tuesday and should bring their recorder and music folder to school.

The most recent math fact test scores went home this week for your signature. If you have questions or want at-home practice sheets, please let me know. Now that we’re learning division, your child should begin studying division facts at home.

Here's what we're learning about next week:

  • Science: Introduction to Force and Motion/Simple Machines
  • Math: Division
  • Reading and Writing: Finish up taking notes on information topic. Build new ideas from notes taken through different sources. Organize notes by sub-topic/ chapter. Determine if chapters have enough information, or need to be combined or need more research (this might go into the following week)

Please remember that my door is always open if you have any questions or concerns. I also check email frequently. Together we are partners in your child’s education!

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