Pleasant Grove AIG Update
Happy New Year!
Watch the video below to learn more about the importance of World Read Aloud Day. I hope all will participate on February 1st!
We will then move forward (and backward in time) to the American Revolution. Students will read historical fiction with a focus on analyzing different perspectives in literature.
You meet a dragon with three heads and three tails. With one swing of your sword, you may cut off one head, two heads, one tail or two tails. If you cut off one head, the dragon will immediately grow two heads in its place. If you cut off two heads, then nothing will grow in its place. If you cut off one tail, then two tails will grow back. If you cut off two tails then the dragon will grow one head. What is the minimum number of cuts needed to slay the dragon (that is, in order that the dragon has no heads or tails remaining at all)?
Students continue to work on building their flexibility with numbers by using different number properties to solve challenges. They are currently working on a "sudoku" type puzzle where they must arrange given number properties and given numbers to fill an empty puzzle board. It's fun to watch the different strategies emerge while they're working. Remembering the definitions of prime, composite, multiple, and factor have been a good review! Next month, we will begin working with fractions.
Students continue to research and create TED talks about the importance of rainforest biodiversity and why it is in danger. Through this project, students are strengthening online research skills, writing skills, and communication skills. Students will present their talks to the class by the end of February.
Students also took on the idea of why we find a reciprocal and multiply when the problem states to divide fractions. As a class, we took the idea apart and came to the conclusion that the "Keep, Change, Flip" process is a mathematical short-cut. Students were able to see why we use those steps instead of just memorizing an algorithm. I think it's equally as important for students to understand "the why" of math as much as the process.
Students also worked with multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers in a Clue-like challenge. Currently, students are using strategies to estimate fractions by creating a snowflake and determining the best estimate of the fraction of paper cut out of the snowflake. Next month will include more digging deeper into multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals.