Mrs. Houston's Math News
January 29, 2016
MONDAY February 1 - Homework Packet Due
FRIDAY February 5 - Chapter 9 Test AND Study Island Assignment
IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding Chapter 9 Word Problems
Please understand that even though we are now on Chapter 9: Bar Models for Multiplication and Division, we are NOT focusing on bar models. We are strictly focusing on word problems - how to solve 1 and 2 step problems, how to identify whether you add/subtract/multiply/divide in such word problems, and how to show our thinking using a variety of models/pictures/etc. Bar Models are extremely difficult and can be troublesome for students. With that being said, my expectations for this chapter is not that students conform to the bar model strategy when solving word problems, but that they know the proper steps for solving the problem and how to arrive at the correct answer.
I truly believe that the students should be able to show their thinking when solving word problems in whichever way he/she feels comfortable. On the homework, whenever it asks for a bar model to be drawn with the problem, students may draw whatever he/she wants to draw that will help them solve the problem. BAR MODELS ARE NOT NECESSARY.
Thank you for your continued support. We are working hard on these multi-step problems in class!