We finished up fractions this week and started exploring our ideas about multiplication and division. We will be investigating theses concepts until the end of the year. It was interesting to watch and listen to students as they worked on the following tasks:
1. Think about the words multiply and multiplication. Draw how you think this might look.
2. Think about the words division and divide. Draw how you think this might look.
3. When might we multiply and divide? Draw or write your ideas.
Our warm up this morning was:
Not counting today, we have 4 more weeks of school. The last day of school is a Thursday. How many school days do we have left?
Almost everyone figured out we have 19 school days left, but there were many different approaches used - multiplication, repeated addition, pictures, adding to groups of ten or nearly 10 and then adding those together, etc.
Students have been busy researching using Brain Pop Jr., some other websites and books checked out from the library. They are in groups of two or three, and have started recording information about certain habitats and ecosystems. We will finish up our research next week, meet with group members and compile and organise information. In the upcoming weeks, we will begin to look at decomposers, producers and consumers and the impact they have on each other. Students will be working on presentation skills throughout this unit, and be presenting their final thoughts and summative projects related to their research in a few weeks.
Many students have changed their reading goals this week, and continue to identify a strategy to work on during Read to Self. Some students have chosen to work in partners to write stories, and they are developing some very creative ideas about characters and problems.
We also spent some time adding pictures to our paper portfolios and reflecting on some of our unit 5 and math work recently.
Have a great weekend!
We are 7 and 8 year old students who live in Singapore. Our teacher, Ms. Luttrell, will be helping us write blog posts throughout the year!
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