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Math in Focus

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We practice our skills in math through a variety of ways! We write about math, play hands on games, and use some technology as well!

3rd Grade Math 

2/16 - We've been busy mastering our multiplication facts! Everyday we do a quick timed test to build our fluency and to be masters of multiplication. Students did learn how to multiply a one digit number by a multi-digit number! They re focusing now on word problems that require them to do multiple steps to get the answer!

1/5 - our focus for the start of this new year is multiplication facts! Students learned and explored multiplication facts of 6s!They created a monster wheel that will help them practice their facts at home! Next week we'll start doing some timed tests to increase our fluency with all of our facts learned up until this point. 

12/21- Third graders reviewed the multiplication strategies they learned in second grade and have begun reviewing the facts they know! We will be focusing on multiplication a great deal when we come back! They'll be expected to have mastered all the facts by the end of the year!

11/16- We've been working on telling time to the nearest minute, adding and subtracting hours and minutes! We'll be moving shortly onto figuring out elapsed time! They will then be presented with a task that will require them to plan our a fun trip that involves their knowledge about time!

10/12 - Third graders looked at ways to estimate different numbers along with estimating sums and differences to see if their answer is reasonable. We worked on rounding to different place values along with using front-end estimation! We are using those estimating skills to check if our answer is reasonable as we practice our addition and subtraction problems up to 10,000! 

9/25 - We've wrapped up our focus on geometry for now! Students had a final task of designing their own shape garden based on the criteria needed! Now we are reviewing our numbers and looking at place value up to 10,000!

9/15 - Third graders started the year off focusing on Geometry! They learned and explored lines, line segments, angles and points. They took their knowledge of these concepts to then explore how they all form our different plane shapes. We've spent a great deal of time sorting and classifying shapes according to their attributes! They were presented with a performance task that would have them create their own shape garden that needed to meet specific requirements! Stay on the lookout for some pictures to come of their final design!

4th Grade Math

2/16- After learning all about different fractions we then moved onto how we can turn fractions into decimals! They explored the tenths and hundredths place and how they can be represented in many ways! 

1/5- We've looked at what makes mixed numbers and how we can turn them into improper fractions. We have started learning the different ways to convert from one form to the other!

12/21- Fourth graders have spent some time reviewing fractions and finding equivalent fractions! When we come back from break, we'll be looking at mixed numbers and improper fractions! 

11/16 - They wrapped up a challenging task of using their multiplication and division knowledge to plan a town wide Thanksgiving! We've moved on to looking at data from different types of graphs and how to answer more in depth questions along with figuring out the mean, median, and mode of the data!

10/12 - Fourth graders have been working hard at mastering multi-digit multiplication along with long division! Students have learned to approach these problems in a standard algorithm method. They've also been taught other ways, but are encouraged to solve it the way that best fits their learning. We've been exploring some real world problems that require a lot of thinking and multiple steps needed to get to the answer!

9/25 - We've moved on to explore factors and multiples of numbers 1 - 100. We are learning how it'll help us use this knowledge in problem solving and understanding why we might need it! Fourth graders have been estimating sums,differences, quotients and products! 

9/15 - The fourth graders came in ready to dive into higher place values! They worked hard on demonstrating their ability to show numbers up to 100,000 in word form, expanded form, and standard form. They were able to accurately solve addition and subtraction problems and have moved on to the next chapter in math. They're currently focusing on factors and will be exploring multiples next week!
Sarah Gaudette,
Oct 14, 2014, 7:48 AM