Last week students were busy exploring increasing and decreasing number patterns. They searched for rules in each pattern and continued to prove their thinking. Students focused on increasing their comfort with mental math adding techniques. Such techniques as:
99 is one away from 100 so add 100 then subtract one
49 is one away from 50
This takes away the need to regroup in our heads. It can cut back on errors with larger equations.
In science the students read three stories:
The Most Magnificent Thing
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Ada, Twist, Scientist
Each story had specific lessons to help with the students science project. Their projects are due next Monday Nov. 6th.
Students are very excited to begin their science project this week. Students are searching for a small problem, situation or issue to solve by creating an item out of waste or recycled goods. This assignment is to be completed at home over the next two weeks. To supplement their at home work, students will be learning about the design process in class.
Here are the documents students need:
Students finished another very busy week at Nose Creek. Students brought home their last math check in. Students have been focusing on estimating, mental math and patterning. This check in marked these sections of the report card. One mark for estimation and one mark for understanding pattern concepts. Please sign and return.
Students worked with T charts all week as they investigated the patterns they see, the information they can learn and solving for the missing values in the T charts. These tools are used in all subject areas to help students organize their work. Today they worked with a partner on a multi-stepped problem. It looked like this:
Next week students will be working on finding missing values in patterns. This skill has students beginning to apply their knowledge of repeating, increase and decreasing patterns. If you feel you need more practice with patterning practice these links:
In science students were focused on applying their knowledge of Waste in World concepts into a variety of realistic problems. They then worked towards understanding why packaging is something we need to pay attention to while shopping. Next week we will be sending home a final project for Waste in our World.
Have some family conversations around the ideas of:
-Reducing packaging while shopping
-What packaging do you still need to buy?
-What can we do to ensure we are recycling and composting?
This has been another busy week for the students. They continued to build their understanding of estimating two and three digit addition equations. Working to understand when you would round a number up or when it is rounded down.
11 rounds down to 10
16 rounds up to 20
5 is the dividing line for knowing what direction you will round to.
Students has have been working with increasing and decreasing patterns. Learning and practicing the rules for skip counting was the focus of these lessons. Students should be able to count by 2, 5 and 10 starting at any number and they should also be getting more comfortable counting by 3s and 4s.
We worked with larger numbers by breaking them down into more comfortable numbers. For example:
Skip count by 17s starting at 10
17 is really just 10+5+2=
We can do smaller jumps to help us skip count
Students will continue to build and record number patterns and begin looking at how T-charts are used to support our pattern work.
Here are some practice sites:
Students worked to complete their visual representation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable objects. This connected both natural and human wastes with decomposers, which help our world, stay healthy. Next students will begin to look at different forms of packaging and why packaging is needed in our world today.
Want some scientific reading?
The students have been working very hard to gain a stronger understanding of how Waste in Our World impacts both nature and our cities. This week they focused on key vocabulary such as: biodegradable, decompose, decomposer and types of natural and human waste. They then had to apply their understanding into visual representation of a decomposition image linking to both natural and human waste.
This week students also received their assessments of the Lorax group presentation. Students were assessed on the rubric below. Their assessment sheets were sent home on Thursday Oct. 5th
Next week they will continue to explore how human waste impacts our cities and surrounding areas. If you want to begin your research visit the following tabs on this link:
This week student continued to work on estimating both images and math equations. When estimating images students spent time talking about gridding the image and counting only a small section. They also worked on learning baseline amounts like what 10 of something look like or 100 and even 1000. Then using these to help with future estimations. With equations, students worked on rounding to the nearest 10 or 100 before estimating what the answer would be.
Students also began working with repeating and increasing patterns. Students learned how to create rules for repeating patterns. They should be able to create or draw such patterns as:
Students then worked into increasing patterns by practicing their skip counting. They should be comfortable counting by 2, 5, 10, 100 starting at any number even odd ones.
Next week students will continue to look at patterns and how they can be represented differently in math problems and tables.