Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Growth Mindset

All of our classes will focus on creating a growth mindset this year.  After learning about the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, the 1st and 2nd grade created books to help us change our words in order to foster a growth mindset about challenges we have faced.  The 3rd-5th graders will be creating their "Not Yet" goals soon!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Estimation with E180

My favorite “math warm-up” is Estimation 180.  For Estimation 180 we need to have a picture, a question, and our estimates.  We need 3 estimates, a too high, a too low, and an actual estimate.  I like to compare my estimates with previous 180 lessons.  For instance, I used Mr.  Stadel’s height to figure out an estimate for the light post.  Knowing that he was 6 feet 4 inches tall, I tripled his height, and then I ended up with 19 feet 3 inches,which turned out to be the pole’s exact height.  I am learning that estimating is one of the most important math skills that we will ever learn because it gives you an idea of what number range to look for an answer in.

   - Ivan


This year we’re going to be using DynaMath.  DynaMath is a magazine that uses math terms and problems in the articles.  The articles relate to the real world, and they’re really cool.  They show math in more fun ways, and that the math actually has a purpose.  I personally learn something better when I know how it applies to the real world.  So, it’ll definitely help me understand and learn better.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Classifying Rational Numbers

In 5th grade TAG math we are learning about Rational Numbers.  We started by discussing the different types of numbers and creating an organizer in their notebook, so we were able to see the different classifications and how a number could belong to more than one group.

To deepen the definitions, we did "Always, Sometimes, Never" by rolling dice to fill in the blanks with Rational, Natural, Whole, and Integers, and Irrational Numbers.  

Ex:  A(n) Integer is a(n) Natural Number.  

We then sorted several types of Real Numbers into an big organizer on the floor.  It was great to see the teamwork and discussions as they discovered where the numbers belonged.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Drove of Decimal Learning

Of all we’ve studied so far in TAG (not that we’ve studied much yet), I suppose that decimals are my favorite things that I have learned (I also think they are very useful).  One of the first things I learned is place value of decimals.  Just like whole numbers, decimals go up all the way to infinity, but in third grade we are only studying the lowest two places, the tenths and hundredths.  Another thing I learned when I was introduced to decimals is to never use the word point before a decimal.  Instead use five and fifteen hundredths.  The most fun decimal project we have done so far was making what decimals our names would translate into.  We did it by filling in the letters of our names on hundredths charts and looking at how many hundredths are being covered.  We wrote the numbers as both fractions and decimals.  The highest letter in my name was .26.

 - Ivan