Today all of the math classes participated in the Hour of Code. Minecraft seemed to be the most popular choice with Star Wars coming in second. It was great to see the students using their problem solving skills and learning that it is ok not to get something on the first try. Everyone really seemed to learn from their mistakes and persevere until they wrote code that worked. It was also great to see the collaboration between students. I loved hearing "How did you do that?" or "I can help you with that!" I hope that we will be able to do more coding throughout the year.
We used pattern blocks in order to make pictures that were all different. Then we counted how many of each block there was in our designs. We multiplied the amount of each block by the fractional value. Last, we calculated the total fractional value of our picture. This extraordinarily fun activity enabled us to have fun while reviewing and learning some new things about multiplying fractions.
First, we discussed how to stay safe online and created word clouds that sum up what we can do in order to stay safe online.
Next, we learned that our digital footprint is created by what we post and look up online. We reflected on what we wanted our digital footprint to say about us. Here are some examples of what we came up with.
Then, we learned that cyber bullying is unacceptable and can hurt others.
We also discussed that while the internet is a great place for resources, we reviewed that we need to make sure and give credit to the original creator in order to prevent plagiarism. Check out the memes we made about plagiarism. We used Canva to create them.
Last, we discussed that technology is wonderful, but we need to make sure to have a balance in our lives and not spend all of our time using technology.
These lessons really gave us a better understanding of the proper ways to use technology. Thanks Ms. Ortega for your help on this one!
In 3rd grade we drew floor plans for our "Dream House." We got to get very creative with our houses. We included secret rooms, labs, and even a baby crying room! After we came up with our plan, we had to calculate the area of each room and then the total area of our entire house.
In TAG math, we did line plots with coins(half dollars, quarters, dimes etc.). We arranged each coin into one group and created a graph using our data, which was basically how many of each coin we had. As well as that, we used keys so that our graphs wouldn’t be too long. Not only was this fun, we learned about line plots in the process!
Students were challenged to build the tallest freestanding tower with just 15 candy corns, 50 toothpicks and 3 large marshmallows (I forgot to say they couldn't use the cup, so some of them got creative and decided to use it in their plan).
In 5th grade we have been working on understanding expressions. In order to understand how to write expressions we created a big concept map of key words to help us understand the meaning of expressions in algebraic and word form.
After learning our properties, we learned how to simplify fractions and had some fun practicing.
In TAG, the fourth graders have been doing a project titled Fractions In A Day. We are allowed to make our very own dream day, and then create a schedule of the day. We then made a pie chart to match the schedule, and put different categories (EX: Time at the airport). We learned that to convert a fraction to a decimal, you just need to divide the numerator by the denominator. We did a project with time, decimals, fractions, and graphs altogether!
In our prime and composite numbers unit we looked at some prime and composite numbers. Some prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 (ok that’s all I will list). Prime numbers are numbers with only two factors 1 and itself. Some composite numbers are 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 (ok that’s all I will list). Composite numbers’ definition is it has more than two factors. We used arrays to figure out if the numbers were prime or composite because if the number only had two arrays then it was prime. If it had more than two arrays then it was composite.
EX: 11:1,11 See that is a prime number.
EX : 100: 1,2,4,5,10,20,50,100 See that is a composite number.
In 5th grade we have been learning how to add, subtract, multiply,and divide integers. We used "positive" and "negative" counters to represent positive and negative numbers in order to model the equations. We also played Integer Football and use Puzzle Squares to solve problems. The puzzles were challenging, but we didn't give up and completed the puzzle!