# Mrs. Gaston's News

### March 10, 2015

We will be performing the plays we have been working on in guided reading on Friday, March 13th. Each child has at least one part in a play. We invite you to join us Friday at 12 to celebrate the hard work we have been doing with our Reader's Theater unit. The students will be making you invitations with more details today. Look for your invitation in your child's communication folder.

## Math Test:

We will have our MD 8 math test tomorrow. This test will cover counting collections of coins, making change, and solving word problems about money.

Some sample questions:

1. Mrs. Gaston has 2 quarters, 3 dimes, 1 nickel, and 4 pennies. How much money does Mrs. Gaston have?

2. Mrs. Gaston has 2.00 she buys a drink for 59 cents. How much change should she get back?

I am showing the kids to use either 2.00-.59=____ or 200-59=_______ or use the strategy of counting up to make change using the equation .59+______=2.00 or 59+_____=200.

The following links will help you see the strategies your child is being taught to use to solve math equations. Some students may choose to do many different strategies. Let your child use the strategy that they feel works for them.

Using a number line to count up. (This strategy is great for making change and solving any math problem)

Base-ten strategy:

Great video example:

If your child is ready, they may use the algorithm (the way we learned to do math.)

I only allow them to use this method if I know they understand the other ways first.

## Social Studies:

We are working on Economics. We will get flashcards tomorrow to help us begin studying for our test. I am thinking the test will be Friday, March 20th.