Math is 'toad'ally awesome!

"Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes." - Mickey Mouse

 

 

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Week 39:  We will take this week to revisit equivalent fractions.  We will also have our Multiplication Sundae Celebration on Thursday.  The students have worked VERY hard on learning all of the facts and this week we will celebrate that hard work!  

Week 38:  We will take this week to revisit fractions.   Last time we learned about fractions was just before FCAT.  This is a very important skill and it can be a difficult concept to grasp.  Spending more time on this will be very beneficial!  This is also the last week of our timed multiplication quizzes-on THURSDAY.  Please don't forget to continue to study the multiplication facts all summer long!  Keeping up on them during the summer will be a great start to 4th grade!

Week 37:  This week we will switch back to multiplication as we move on to finding factors and multiples of numbers.  Just a reminder, when looking for the factors of a number your child will be finding the combinations of numbers that are multiplied together to get the given product.  For example, the factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12 because 1x12=12, 2x6=12 and 3x4=12.  Finding multiples is really like listing the products or answers of multiplication problems for a given number.  For example, the multiples of 12 include 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72 etc…         

Week 36:  This week we will continue working with numbers with decimals, including comparing and ordering decimals.  Upon completing this topic we will move on to finding factors and multiples of numbers.      

Week 35:  This week we will look at decimal place value as we look at ways to represent decimals.  This will follow the same “rules” as “regular” place value.  As a reminder the names of the places starting at the decimal and moving to the right are known as tenths, hundredths, thousandths, etc…

Week 34: This week the students will continue to work on solving large multiplication problems.  The problems are not really getting harder just bigger so it is extremely important that your child is fluent.  Keep working on those facts!

Week 33: FCAT may be over but there is still a lot of important math information to learn!  This week we will begin our “Step up to Grade 4” unit.  The first part of this unit has us revisiting multiplication as we look at arrays and multiplying by 10s and 100s and multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers.

Week 32: In the afternoons the students will work in math games and centers.  This is a fun way for your child to keep his/her skills sharp while they await for the math portion of the FCAT this Wednesday and Thursday.

Week 31:  This week we will finish our enVision benchmark testing with our last test. We will continue reviewing everything that has been taught this year and make sure that the students have a strategy to solve each type of problem as the students work through the differentiated activities according to their specific mathematical need.

Week 30:  This week we will review everything that has been taught this year and make sure that the students have a strategy to solve each type of problem.  Please see the additional letter on the back of this page for a more detailed explanation of how you can help prepare your child for testing.

Week 29:  This week we will learn about telling time.  We will continue working on elapsed time on a clock and a calendar.  Our next area of focus will be to create, analyze, and represent patterns and relationships using words, variables, tables, and graphs, as well as construct and analyze frequency tables, bar graphs, pictographs, and line plots from data, including data collected through observations, surveys, and experiments.

Week 28: This week we will finish up our fractions unit with measuring objects to the nearest ½ and ¼ inch.  Our next topic will be time.  We will learn about telling time to the quarter hour and to the minute, as well as elapsed time on a clock and a calendar.  

Week 27: This week we will continue to work with fractions.  We will continue to compare fractions, find equivalent fractions, and even order fractions and mixed numbers on and off a number line.  Please make sure homework is being completed every night for reinforcement.  Before you know it we will be measuring objects and perimeters to the closest ¼ inch!  Don’t forget to practice those times tables for the timed quiz!

Week 26:  This week we will continue to work with fractions.  Our focus will be on comparing fractions, finding equivalent fractions, and even ordering fractions.  Please make sure homework is being completed every night for reinforcement.  Also, we will have a multiplication quiz on Friday. Several students have been “stuck” on the same set of facts for several weeks.  Practicing with repetition will help with learning multiplication facts.

Week 25:  This week we will continue to work with fractions.  Our focus will be on fractions that are greater than one (improper fractions and mixed numbers) and ordering, comparing, and finding equivalent fractions as we place them on a number line. 

Week 24:  We began our fraction unit late last week.  We looked at dividing shapes into equal parts.  This week we will dig into how we can write a fraction to name a part of a whole (terms:  numerator and denominator), how we can write a fraction to name part of a set, and how we can find a fractional part of a set.  

Week 23:  This week we will continue our geometry and measurement unit.  We will focus on perimeter, which we practiced every day in the month of January (for 20 days) during calendar math.  This is the last piece of this unit and our next topic is fractions!

Week 22:  This week we will continue our geometry and measurement unit.  We will focus on congruency and symmetry in shapes.  As a reminder congruent figures are figures that are the same shape and size.  A shape has symmetry if it can be folded along a line so that both parts match exactly.   

We will also continue our timed multiplication quizzes. Please try to squeeze in time to practice the “facts of the week.”  A suggestion might be to practice the facts orally while in the car.

Week 21:  This week we will continue our geometry and measurement unit.  We will focus on making new shapes by cutting apart a shape and rearranging the pieces.  Your child will be asked to do this manipulation visually after having a time to practice with paper and scissors.     

We will also continue our timed multiplication quizzes.  Please look over your child’s quiz from last week.  If he/she scored a 100% it is time to move on to the next set of facts if not then the previous set of facts will need more work.  It is critical that your child is able to answer all the multiplication facts accurately and quickly.

Week 20:  This week we will continue our geometry and measurement unit.  We will focus on combining and separating shapes and making new shapes.  Vocab knowledge is a MUST for this! 

*FYI Last week the kids loved using straws to build triangles and quadrilaterals and this is a manipulative that you can use at home!  Remember it is VERY important that your child can identify by sight and definition all of the vocabulary words in this unit.  Please review them as needed.  We are also going to continue timed multiplication quizzes this week.

This week we will continue our timed multiplication quizzes.  Please look over your child’s quiz from last week.  If he/she scored a 100% it is time to move on to the next set of facts (3s), if not then the previous set of facts (2s) will need more work.

Week 19:  This week we will continue our geometry and measurement unit.  We will focus on triangles, quadrilaterals, and how we can combine and separate shapes to make new shapes, forms, and figures.  Your child will also be bringing home several vocabulary sheets.  Please keep these sheets in a safe place as your child is responsible for learning all of these words.  We are also going to begin timed multiplication quizzes this week.  On Friday, we will have our first timed multiplication tests on the 2's. 

Geometry Vocabulary Sheets:

Lines & Line Segments        Angles        Polygons

Quadrilaterals        Triangles

Week 18:  This week we will begin learning about geometry and measurement.  This is a large unit with TONS of vocabulary words!  Please be on the look out for a study sheet that will come home with your child in the next week or so.  We are also going to begin timed multiplication quizzes next week.  Next Friday, we will have our timed multiplication tests on 2's.  Please make sure you are studying every night!

Week 17:  This week we will spend time reviewing everything that has been taught so far this year.  When we return in January we will begin our geometry and measurement unit.  We will also begin timed multiplication quizzes in January so the break would be a great time to begin learning the facts!  I would like to encourage you to make or buy flashcards for your child to use and don’t forget about the multiplication games available online.       

Week 16:  This week we will wrap up combinations as we wrap up our multiplication and division unit.  Next up is our geometry and measurement unit!   

Week 15:  This week we will continue working with combinations.  The two most important things to remember are 1. be neat and 2. use everything!  Several students have shared their strategy for solving these types of math problems-I hope your child finds his/her way! 

Week 14:  This week we will begin working with combinations.  There is a short way and a long way to complete these problems and the students will learn both!   

Week 13:  This week we will spend more time on the distributive property and decomposing factors.  This is a very useful strategy when we come across difficult multiplication problems.

Week 12:  This week we will look at the different properties of multiplication. These properties include the commutative, associative, identity (one), zero and distributive properties.  Your child will not be required to name the property but rather how and when to use the properties.

Week 11:  This week we will continue to work with division as the inverse operation of multiplication through the exploration of fact families and more work with arrays. 

I have also uploaded several of the math games that your child has played in class on our class website if you would like to print them and play at home.     

Week 10:  This week we will continue to work with multiplication and finding factors with arrays.  This will be the perfect transition into division, which is next on our list.  The students have already gotten some practice with division when we solved the missing factor story problems.  As we work through division the students will be encouraged to find a strategy that works best for them.   

Week 9:  This week we will continue to work with multiplication.  The students will learn how to combine multiplication problems.  An example of this type of problem would be, I have 3 cookies.  Each cookie has 4 chocolate chips in it.  Later that day I baked 5 more cookies and each of those cookies had 5 chocolate chips in it.  How many chocolate chips do I have altogether?  This is not really difficult but is multi-stepped.  We will also spend more time with arrays in order to find factors of 2-digit numbers up to fifty.     

Week 8:  We began multiplication and everyone has a strategy that works for them-yea!  We will continue this unit this week.  

Click the links below for copies of our multiplication strategy sheets

"Regular"                  "Missing Factor"

Week 7:  Last week we wrapped up rounding and estimating and are ready to move into our next topic in math.  Even though this unit has been completed it is important that your child does not forget what he/she has learned and these skills will be necessary again soon.

This week we will begin our next topic, which will include learning about the meanings of multiplication and division.  We are going to take time to understand the concept of multiplication first.  Memorizing the facts will come a little later.  I taught the students a cute rhyme to help us learn our 3s times tables that went with our September calendar pattern and I have more cool tricks up my sleeve.  

Week 6:  This week the students will use what they have learned about rounding to begin estimating sums and differences.  We will wrap up this topic this week with a culminating assessment that will cover everything that has been taught this year including forms (standard, word, and expanded), addition, subtraction, rounding, and estimating.  It will be a great way for your child to show what he/she knows! 

Rounding Fairy Tale

Week 5:  This week the students will begin looking at addition and subtraction story problems and the key words that help us determine which operation to use.  After practice with solving addition and subtraction word problems we will move on to writing our own addition and subtraction problems.

Week 4:  This week the students will take their first math benchmark test of the year.  For the rest of the week we will be finishing up our work with subtraction.  I found a cute rhyme that I hope will help the students remember how and when to regroup.  The rhyme goes “Numbers the same?  Zero’s the game!  More on top?  No need to stop!  More on the floor?  Go next door.”  We have already begun working with 2- and 3-digit subtraction, but as a reminder our math standard goes up to the one hundred thousands place, which means 6-digit subtraction!

Week 3:  This week we will move into our addition and subtraction unit.  Our main focus will be on adding 4, 5, and 6-digit numbers.  Some of the addends will require regrouping and therefore the students must be very careful when determining the sums. 

*Automaticity and accuracy of the basic math facts (0-9) will be extremely beneficial to your child; therefore, we will be practicing the addition facts and your child will be given a timed quiz on these facts this week.

Week 2:  This year in math, your child will be learning lots of new concepts.  Last week the students took a placement test to help me establish the areas of strength and weakness. We also began working with standard form, expanded form, and word form. We are increasing our place value knowledge up to the hundred thousands place!  This week we will focus on comparing and ordering 6-digit numbers as well as adding and subtracting numbers from algorithms and story problems. 

          Week 1:  This week your child will be learning the rituals and routines of his/her new classroom.  More great learning coming soon!