Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is here! It was great to see students return from their break rested and eager to continue our learning of math and science concepts.
In math this week, students worked on their subtraction skills and strategies in class. We started the week by reviewing multi-digit addition strategies from before the break; working on the journal question, “12 is the difference. What is the question?” and playing the game “Complimentary Fish”—a card game that works on adding & subtracting combinations. This week we also practiced estimating differences to 10 000, and learned a mental math strategy to use when subtracting numbers close to hundreds or thousands. Students additionally learned about regrouping when subtracting multi-digit numbers and did some practice questions using virtual manipulatives on the laptops. Having a visual showing the regrouping process with base ten blocks was very helpful in understanding how this process works (the website we used is in the post below). Students continued working on their subtraction number facts in their "Mad Minute" booklets. Regular practice of basic facts at home is strongly encouraged.
In science, students learned about the structure of the eye, how we see objects, and how to keep our eyes safe. We watched and discussed some great videos on the structure of the eye, how it works, and how to take care of our eyes. One important point we learned is to never look directly at the sun or any bright object as this can permanently damage your eyesight. Students completed a page in their visual journals with some important points on how to keep our eyes healthy and safe.
Have a great weekend!
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Need extra practice? Below are math printable e-books for extra practice at home:
Patterns and Algebra
Reading and Representing Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter & Area
“Math Makes Sense” Practice and Homework Book:
Can be found at the Virtual Learning Commons under “Student Links”:
Practice Problem Solving Questions
Multiplication Interactive Games
Hour of Code
Math Facts Games
Math Fact Fluency Activities & Games
Plant Growth & Changes:
Plant Growth and Changes Glossary of Important Terms
Plants for Kids
Easy Science for Kids
Plants Elementary Science
Wheels & Levers Resources:
Wheel and Levers Glossary of Important Terms
Simple Machine Facts
Simple Machines Interactive Sites
Light & Shadows Resources:
Light and Shadows Glossary of Important Terms
BBC Light & Shadows
How We See Things
Light & Shadow Activities
Waste & our World Resources:
Waste and our World Glossary of Important Terms
Recycle City Game