December 7, 2015

Last Week:

  • This past 2 weeks the students worked dividing decimals and on Math CATS - our version of Math Workshop.
  • The students are working on dividing decimal dividends by whole number divisors. The first week we just had numbers where there was no remainder in the quotient. This week they worked problems where there was a remainder and they learned how to convert a remainder to a decimal.
  • Progress reports went home last week.

This Week:

This week we will be working on:
  • To celebrate Computer Science Week we will be joining millions of other students world-wide on the Hour of Code. There will be a couple of choices for the kids to choose depending on where they are in their ability and interest in coding.
  • Dissecting word problems - students will practice analyzing word problems closely
  • Students will continue to practice dividing decimal dividends by whole number divisors.

The Hour of Code is here! December 7-12, 2015

The Hour of Code is here

Dissecting Word Problems

Here is an example of how we dissect word problems:

Sarah's mom is making some of the costumes for her class play. She needs to make 3 sheep costumes. She bought 4.5 yards of fleece and 2 bags of 300 cotton balls to make the sheep costumes. If she used all of the fabric and had 15 cotton balls left over, how many yards of fabric and how many cotton balls does it take to make each costume?

Start by clarifying what you understand - take the information in the problem apart:

  • making 3 sheep costumes
  • used all of 4.5 yards of fabric
  • 2 bags of 300 cotton balls equals 600 cotton balls
  • Had 15 cotton balls left over

Restate WHAT you are being asked to solve:

How much fabric was needed for EACH costume?

How many cotton balls used on each costume?

Work the Problem:

600-15=585 cotton balls 4.5 ÷ 3 = 1.5



Sarah's mom used 1.5 yards of fabric and 195 cotton balls to make each costume.

What Can You Do at Home?

Many times parents and kids ask, "What can we be doing at home?"

First - practice your math facts! There are many games and apps available for this.

Second - problem solving! Many students can "do the math" but often have trouble figuring out what to do. Here are a few good places to start - and your child already has an account at most!

Textbook - Several of you have asked about extra practice for your children. This week we will be sending home our math textbook - it looks like a workbook - but the students are NOT to write in it.

Coding - there are many coding apps and websites that are great for kids to work on at home. Coding is great for logical thinking and problem solving.

Sumdog - you child has an account here as well. There are games to play and contests to enter. Lots of fun!

Prodigy - Students will be logging in and joining this game, this week.

Math Olympiad - The students did very well on their first competition last month, especially those that participated last year. The next competition is Tuesday, December 15. Click HERE to go to their problem of the month page.