# 3A: A Week at a Glance

### week ending February 5, 2016

## A Note From Mrs. Adams

Just a few important notes...

1. I'm looking for someone to please donate a set of 100 paper plates. They need to be plain white, the flimsy kind (coated or not coated... that doesn't matter). We'll be cutting and coloring them for a project in reading next week. Thank you!

2. I'd also love donations of candy conversation hearts for next week. I'd like to do a fractions activity, so will need a handful of candy hearts for each student. Thanks!!!

3. During the school day, the electric pencil sharpener has become a distraction. If possible, please send your child in with a hand sharpener, preferably the kind with an enclosed part to catch the shavings (but without is fine, too). This will avoid the distractions of the loud electronic sharpener.

4. We will be decorating shoe boxes on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you have any materials to decorate with, we could use things such as wrapping paper, doilies, Valentine stickers, ribbon, lace, flowers (ie. sticker 3D roses), and anything else for Valentine boxes. Thank you!

Thank you for all of your continued support!

Debbie Adams

## Math

## Fraction Pizza

By Lilly and Sam

Pizza’s ready… order fractions! Mrs. Adams class has been learning about fractions. Or more like pizza fractions. They’re fun, they’re easy, and you learn from them! First, we cut out delicious toppings. Then we glue them on the paper. After that, we got red slips of paper that were our order slips. We wrote our name, our fake phone number, and the fraction of our toppings on each slice of pizza. Then we colored in the crust… and VOILA the pizza is ready! Cut it up into fractions and it’s ready to serve! Hope you liked learning about fractions!

## Cross Multiplication

By Chloe and Allie

Have you ever used the method cross multiplication? Well, we have, so do you want to learn? Great! Let’s get started! First, you take your denominator on the first fraction and multiply it times the numerator on the second problem. Write the answer above the second side. Then do the same thing with your other numbers. Then you look and see which number is bigger. The bigger number is your answer. If the top answers are equal, then the two fractions are equal.

## Improper fractions

By Harry and Liam

Did you know that there is such a thing as improper fractions? And there are also mixed numbers? Let’s learn what they are. An improper fraction is when the numerator is bigger than the denominator. A mixed number is when there is a whole number and a fraction of what’s left.

We also learned how to make mixed numbers into improper fractions, and improper fractions into mixed numbers. The way you change a mixed number into an improper fraction is you multiply the whole number and denominator, and then add the numerator. Then the denominator stays the same. This stands for “MAD” – multiply, add, denominator stays the same. So 11/5 would be 2 1/5.

It’s fun to do by tricky, so you have to practice!

## Writing

## Conclusions

By Rebecca and Ryka

Introductions are fun but conclusions are even more fun. Mrs. Adams gave us a sheet that had a swimming introduction. With our writing buddies, we had to write a conclusion about swimming. Some of us thought it was hard, some thought it was easy, but we all succeeded. We’re all eventually going to be writing our own conclusion chapters so we can make them our very own. But what we like best was that each conclusion was different. We can’t wait for next week’s writing!

Computer Lab Writing

By Rebecca and Ryka

This week in 3A we had lots of fun doing writing. We went to the computer lab and looked up images about our writing topic. Mrs. Adams taught us how to paste the images onto SmartNotebook. And if we needed labels, we could make a diagram using arrows and words.3A had an awesome time writing interesting introductions and stupendous stories! But the computer lab made it even BETTER! Mrs. Adams makes writing so much fun!!!

## Pictures sharing our conclusions

## Reading

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