Even with a shorter week, the students have been busy in both math and science. We are continuing to explore how to multiply double digits by a single digit more efficiently and trying to increase our accuracy. Students need to be practicing their times tables at home to support their learning at school. With effortless basic facts, students are able to focus on the computation process not the mental math equations. There are countless apps, links and games students can play on their own or with you to practice these. Such ideas as:
Students have played many different games in class with cards and dice and they can teach you at home.
New multiplication strategy
Students have learned a more efficient way to multiply. This strategy however, relies on their basic fact knowledge to help them. Students are using a times table chart to help them right now, however with practice, they should be able to do these equations without support. The images below show both a times table chart and the step to complete the multiplication strategy. Students should continue to practice this strategy to build their speed and accuracy.
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Students continued to gain an understanding of wheels and axles, gears and drive trains. This week students had to put it all together and explain how a bike would gear up or gear down based on the terrain it faced. Students also needed to label the parts of a bike’s drivetrain. Can your child explain how to pedal up a hill? Do they use their scientific vocabulary?
Students also began working with a type of robot called Ozobot. They are to help our class understand the process of coding. This coding system runs on a colour scheme. The students were learning how to command their robot to do different tasks. The students will be working towards solving more complex problems with the Ozobots.