Click on the button below to view a YouTube video that explains what proportional reasoning is and how students learn about it at school. You will see some sample problems and learn about ways that you can help your child to practice proportional reasoning at home. You will notice that many of the problems we are exploring are geared to expand the students' understanding of this key mathematical idea.
Math (Grades 3 and 4)
This week, we are still working on multiplication and division. This week's math homework has been posted on Showbie. I've recommended a new website for practice on this assignment page, and have included a live link. I have also posted the solutions for the assignments from weeks 1 and 2 within each assignment, so that students can check their solutions and have further examples for practice on hand.
If you have been having difficulty accessing Showbie, please note the following:
-students just need to "sign in", not "sign up". They use this tool regularly in the classroom. You do not need a code to get started. If this prompt appears, click on your back arrow, or cancel and click on "sign in" at the bottom of the opening page.
-if students are working on a laptop or desktop, they will not be able to use the pen or voice tools. They can use these tools on an iPad, tablet or phone. If this type of device is not available, they can work on paper, and submit their problem the old fashioned way. We can also take a photo of the work and upload it on an iPad at school.
Reading (Grade 3)
This week and next week, we will continue to practice our responses to text using a variety of text samples and questions. This time around, I have also posted a link to the full package of questions for the next two weeks on Showbie. This allows students to teach you how they can listen to the texts and the questions on an iPad, using the iPad's integrated speech function. All students will have hard copies of the text and questions we are working on in their red reading duotang, as well. Remember, we are only doing one question each day. We will take care of the multiple choice questions in class. With this set of texts, we will also be comparing our answers to sample answers, to think about how we can improve our responses by adding specific details.
****We have a few students who are sharing their first Tweet of the Week this week. This project went so well that we have decided to do another Tweet right away, so that students can apply the feedback they were given on their first Tweet. Students are very keen to get reading again. I have been very impressed with their work on this project! Thanks for being a fabulous support system at home. For your convenience, I have attached a digital copy of the tweet materials below.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me in the agenda.
I hope you all had an excellent March Break. We have gotten right back into the swing of things, writing postcards about our holidays and learning about spectacular structures around Canada. In Math, we are continuing to look at multiplication, and have been exploring the array model (les arrangements).
This example of an array helps us to see two different multiplication facts within the same family.
Here I can see 4 groups of 3 (rows) 4 x 3 = 12
AND 3 groups of 4 (columns) 3 x 4 = 12
This week's practice problems have been posted on Showbie (Problèmes de la semaine #2). Students are encouraged to use objects to model their arrays (cereal works really well!). They can take a photo of their work and upload it to Showbie. I am hoping that this extra practice is helpful, as we are working to build our problem-solving skills and stamina.
Also, a reminder that we are skating on Wednesday morning. Students need to have their skates and helmets at school. Thanks in advance to any parents who are meeting us at the arena at 10:05 to tie skates for our 10:15 start. We will be on the rink for an hour.
We've made it to March Break! I hope you all have a wonderful week, enjoying some family time and relaxation. You'll notice that I've made a couple of suggestions for the week. Students are encouraged to read daily (anything they like: comics, magazines, novels, web pages,...) and to practice some multiplication facts. I've attached a button here that will take you to the games page of multiplication.com. This is a terrific website for fact practice, with games that target specific fact families and let students get in some practice time. I can also recommend the math slide multiplication and division app, which we played in class today.
Congratulations to our first Tweeters!!! Christian, Daniela, Gabriella and Annabel all did a terrific job of using the success criteria and rubric to ensure that their Tweet of the Week was fabulous. I was very impressed with their confidence and the depth of thinking that their tweet included. They were all able to answer the challenging questions posed by their classmates with ease. I look forward to two more groups of Tweeters in the coming weeks.
Two news items
1. We are going through a lot of glue, so I would appreciate it if you could please ensure that your child has a glue stick or white glue to start back to school. Also, we are using the iPads regularly, and headphones are very helpful when listening to text. If your child doesn't already have earbuds or headphones at school, please consider sending some in. They will be stored in the students' desks, for easy access.
2. I am using Showbie (there are buttons to the Showbie login page on this website's Math page and English page) and will be uploading weekly math practice problems, to allow for additional practice. Each week, I will post a new problem set, and I'll add the solutions on Fridays so that you can review the problems with your child, as required. Sometimes, you will also find a web link or free app suggestion, for further practice. If you don't have access to Showbie (which is a free app for any device), please send me a note in the agenda and I will provide your child with a hard copy of the assignment. The weekly problems will reinforce the concepts we are working on and will help to strengthen problem solving skills. Students should have already completed "Problèmes de la semaine #1".