Time for a Tabata Break!
Properties of Multiplication:
- Commutative Property: 3 x 5= 15 or 5 x 3 =15 When multiplying two factors, the factors can be "turned around" to solve. This property can NOT be applied to division.
- Associative Property: ( 3 x 5 ) x 2= 30 or 3 x ( 5 x 2) =30 When multiplying more than two factors, you can solve any two, in any order and it will not effect the product.
- Distributive Property: 6 x 8 = 48 or ( 3 x 8 ) + (3 x 8 ) = 48 When multiplying factors that more difficult, decompose or break up one factor into "friendly parts" and then solve the problem by adding both parts.
Elapsed Time: Students are taught to use a number line to find elapsed time instead of adding or subtracting. Although this method works at times, it does not always work and so is not reliable as there is only 60 minutes instead of 100.
Math Fact Fluency: At this point of the year, students should be working on the fact families: 2, 5, 10, 4, 8, 1 & 0. Encourage your child to practice at least 10 minutes a day. The best way to become more automatic is to focus on one family at a time until it is mastered. Flashcards, Fact Table Games, or sites such as Math Magician are better choices for practice.
Our new unit of study is: Character Studies. This unit focuses on tracking a character throughout the story and making inferences, finding patterns in their behaviors, observing interactions with other characters and ultimately developing a theory and finding the central message or lesson of the story. As students read, they are flagging evidence, creating T-charts on character traits, and identifying what motivates the character. They are learning about story elements including the setting, plot, climax and the resolution of the story. They are reading in book club books and writing summaries and messages about their characters and books.
During Writers' Workshop, students will be using their information gathered in Readers' Workshop to create and draft literary essays about their characters. They will form a claim or "Theory" about their character and the central message of the story. They are expected to prove their claim with reasons and evidence from the text. This unit pushes students to read deeper and to form opinions about characters in books they read.