The Grade fours have continued to explore their new units in both math and science. In Math, the students have seen the benefits of how multiplying can help them solve complex questions. Students have learned that drawing pictures, using repeated addition and understanding how to make arrays are all strategies that can help solve multiplication questions. Next week the students will continue to use these ideas to build bigger multiplication equations and begin to understand the ins and outs of multiplying.
These are excellent links for support Multiplication skills:
In science, students had a building challenge to try and move a heavy object over a long distance. They only had cylinders to do so. Many of our groups began to learn the importance of rollers and how they make it easier to move objects that cannot be lifted. This sparked a lesson about friction and how friction fits into our simple machine unit.
If you want to see the article the students read about friction:
Next week we will continue to explore our simple machines. We will learn their names and how they make our lives easier.