Beebe Honors Math News

March 17, 2016

PI DAY PARTY

The annual pi Day Party has become a tradition in Beebe honors math. There are so few math holidays that we have to celebrate when we can!

This year was no exception as I am always surprised and amazed at the pi day student projects. It's so much fun to see what each student creates to show the class. We sang pi songs, played pi games, and learned pi facts.

5th graders measured the circumferences and diameters of many circles (lids) to find the ratio of circumference to diameter. Their work was fairly accurate, considering they were using "fifth grade tools."

3rd and 4th graders created the pi chain, with each color representing a digit. They noticed that there is no pattern to the colors, just as their is no pattern to the digits in pi.

PI Day Fashions!

3rd Grade Honors Math

Third graders are busy learning about angles - including vocabulary, protractors, and measuring. This highly engaging study gives the kids a great foundation for going forward with geometry. Ask your third grader how many degrees are in a full turn.


WAYS TO HELP:

Continue to practice basic multiplication and division facts. (Their practice is paying off - did you hear they beat the fourth graders in Kakooma a few weeks ago?)

Kakooma at www.gregtangmath.com

math games at https://calculationnation.nctm.org/

4th Grade Honors Math

Fourth graders are working on volume, area, and perimeter. The focus is problem solving and thinking about the applications of these types of measurements. One of their best efforts was a problem where they had to figure out how much paint to buy to paint a room, ceiling and all. This is real life.

They've used rulers, squares, and cubes to help them understand and visualize these problems. Ask your fourth grader how many square inches are in a square foot.


How to help:

Help your child to notice where area, perimeter, and volume are used in real life. It's important to understand that real people use math in life, not only in the math classroom.

5th Grade Honors Math

Fifth graders are learning to determine the area of triangles and parallelograms and the volume of boxes. Next up is combining those ideas to find the surface area. They are solving problems with these concepts and looking at the applications in real life. Ask your fifth grader what a "net" is.


How to help: Help your child to notice volume and surface area of boxes in the world around them. Math must meet real life!

More PI Day Fun

Measuring the pi Chain

Our Canvas Site

Visit our class Canvas site often to see examples of your child's work as well as information from class. I've created a section for pictures and the weekly Kakooma results to show some of our favorite activities!

Accept the invitation and get started! https://naperville.instructure.com/