# Math Update

### Week of October 12th

## This Week in Math....

Students can expect a quiz this week on whole number operations as well as quiz on the vocabulary associated with each of the operations. Click here for a link to an online review of the vocabulary. Additional computation practice can be found on our class Blendspace page.

## Focusing on Problem Solving

The first step in solving this problem would be to add packages X and Z, which is 3.97 pounds – answer “C”. Students who are not focused on the question, or checking if their answer is reasonable, will often select this answer if it is presented as a choice. When focusing on the question, “What is the weight of the chicken in package Y?” students should recognize that adding X and Z should not give them the weight of “Y”. They skipped the second step – subtracting from the total weight of the chicken (7.52 – 3.97), which will result in the weight of the chicken in package Y. The correct answer is “A”.

When completing homework assignments, please encourage your child to utilize the graphic organizers taught in class. Through the end of October, graphic organizers are made available for students to fill out for their homework assignment. Beginning in November, students are expected to create and complete their own graphic organizer in preparation for upcoming benchmark assessments as well as the SOL test at the end of the year.

## Our Class in Pictures

Last week we used a new activity, Row Game, to practice adding and subtracting decimals. | Although each student has a different equation to solve in the row, they all result in the same answer. If the answers don't match, the students must work together to find where the error is. | This activity allows for individual accountability and engagement and the students demonstrated excellent mathematical reasoning and analysis! |

Although each student has a different equation to solve in the row, they all result in the same answer. If the answers don't match, the students must work together to find where the error is.

## Important Dates/Upcoming Events

**October 12: **No School for Students

**October 14: **Whole Number Computation Quiz

**October 15: **Picture Day!

**October 16: **Vocabulary Quiz

**October 16: **Report Cards Issued