In math, we've been looking at the concepts form and function: What is multiplication? How does it work? We've used manipulatives such as counters and dice to help us understand the connection between multiplication and repeated addition. Most students have developed a solid understanding of how to show multiplication in different ways, including arrays, repeated addition, and 'groups of' objects. Students played dice games to created arrays. We also went on an array hunt around the room and wrote multiplication sentences. Next week, students will continue with some multiplication games, to consolidate their understanding. We also spent some time exploring division. Many students made the connection to fractions and equal grouping. We got up and moved ourselves around into different groups, exploring possible combinations. Some students noticed that certain numbers divided equally and others had some left over, which made uneven groups.
On Friday, students worked independently to complete the word problem: A class of 25 students is going on a field trip to a science museum. They plan to visit the exhibits in small groups of 2, 3 or 4 students, along with a chaperone (grown up). What is the fewest (smallest) number of chaperones (grown ups) they will need?
During unit of inquiry and literacy, students have been working hard to take their research notes and turn these into complete sentences. We looked at different types of informational writing, including many unit related books. Students decided it's best to start with a description of their ecosystem and then give facts, including details, about the animals, habitats and plants. Along with their informational writing, students have been creating a large picture of their ecosystem, with labels and arrows showing the interconnectedness. Next week, we will begin to look more closely at interdependence and imbalance, focusing on the concepts of change and causation. Students will also work on developing their presentation skills before presenting their findings to the class.
Many students brought in books for the book swap, which is very exciting! Friday was the last day to do so, as they will be sorted on Monday. On Tuesday, students will receive tickets based on the number and types of books they brought in for the swap. After lunch, students who brought in books will head to the MPR to swap their tickets for books.
Have a wonderful and relaxed 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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