Week of September 28th
This Week in Math...
Multiple Strategies for Multiplication
A great starting point for developing a strong understanding of multiplication is the area model, which is often referred to as the box model. This model provides a visual representation of the distributive property of multiplication. Students are easily able to conceptualize multiplication and it helps them make sense of the traditional model when they are ready to use it.
Partial products is similar to the box model since it also uses the distributive property. It can be used as a bridge for students between the box and traditional models.
The lattice model has been used for centuries in many different cultures. Although it looks quite different, it actually is based on the same principles as the traditional model but uses diagonal columns to represent place value. It is an efficient strategy for students who are fluent in their basic math facts and have a strong conceptual understanding of multiplication.
As parents, it can often be difficult to support our children at home if they are using a strategy that is unfamiliar to us. Please allow them to use the model that works best for them, and if you'd like to learn more about it, check out our class Blendspace page for videos that explain each of the strategies above. Your child can login with his/her school Google account.
Tech in the Classroom
Our Class in Pictures
Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a learning structure designed for students to review before assessments. Students each have a card with a question on the front and answer on the back.
They find a partner by raising their hand high and giving a "high five" to someone else looking for a partner.
Once in pairs, the students take turns quizzing one another, offering coaching if needed or praise if correct. They then trade cards and are off to find a new partner!
5.11 Measuring Angles
5.12 Angles and Triangles
5.7 Order of Operations
Retests are taken in class during independent work or center time. Retest grades are averaged with the original test score and are reported on the SOL Report issued with report cards. They must be completed by October 9th to be reflected in this quarter's grade. Scores will be reported in your child's agenda.
Important Dates/Upcoming Events
October 1: Student Council Assembly
October 2: STEM Day
October 9: Grandparents' Day
October 9: Last day of Quarter 1 - All work/retests due
October 12: No School for Students