Students started two new concepts this week. In math, the students have started division. They started with understanding what division looks like. Understanding that the answers to division questions will be smaller is an important process for students. They learned two strategies for this. There is an example below. The students also learned that in division sometimes you cannot make perfect groupings and that is when you have a remainder. This is a difficult concept and we will keep practicing it throughout our division lessons.
Students also learned how there is a strong relationship between division and multiplication. If you can multiply up to 9x9=81 then division from 81÷9= is quite easy. Please continue to practice your mental math strategies at home to make these equations easier on yourself. These links will help with that:
In science, students were focused on perfecting the wheel and axle system as they were building balloon-powered cars. Students had to use the building process to create and refine their vehicles. More information about our simple machines unit can be found at these sites: