There has been great excitement in our classrooms this week as we have been researching various ecosystems such as, The Arctic, Rainforests, Forests, Oceans, Deserts and Freshwater. We have been developing our research skills by using computers, iPads and books to gather our information. We worked together in pairs or groups of three and cooperated well while becoming more knowledgeable. We had loads of fun sharing our findings!!
Starting from next week, children will review and extend concepts of fractions. Specifically, they will recognize fractions as part of a whole, or ONE. Children will see that many different fractions can name the same quantity.
To work with your child on the concepts taught in this unit and in previous units, try these interesting and rewarding activities.
Review fraction notation. For example, ask: “In a fraction, what does the number on the bottom (the denominator) tell you?” ” What does the number on the top (the numerator) tell you?”
Draw a picture of a rectangular cake, a circular pizza, or a similar food. Discuss ways to feed various numbers of people so that each person gets an equal portion.
Read a recipe and discuss the fractions in it. For example, ask: “How many 1/4 cups of sugar would we need to get 1 cup of sugar?”
Compare two fractions and tell which is larger. For example, ask: “Which would give you more of a pizza: 1/8 of it, or 1/4?”
This week we began our exciting new unit! We did some fun activities including “unpacking” the central idea which is, “simple machines use force to accomplish work and solve problems.”
We will be learning about the purpose the scientific method serves when solving problems. We will be looking at how force can be manipulated using simple machines and we will also be looking at compound machines.
Ask your child to show you all the simple machinesthat can be found in your home!
The children AND teachers are very excited about this unit!
Next week we will be starting our “Shape and Space” math unit. Geometry is an important component of Everyday Mathematics. Studying geometry helps develop spatial sense and the ability to represent and describe the world.
During this unit, children will consider five basic kinds of 3-dimensional shapes: prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, and spheres. To sort the shapes, children will explore similarities and differences among them. They will become familiar with both the names and the terms for parts of the shapes. These shapes include; spheres, pyramids, cylinders, cones and prisms.
Children will also study polygons, 2-dimensional shapes that form the flat surfaces of the prisms and pyramids, as they look for examples in real life.
Later in the unit, children will explore line symmetry as they experiment with folding 2-dimensional shapes and matching halves. Children will also cut out shapes and look for lines of symmetry in each shape. They will be asked to find symmetrical objects at home and in other places.
Together, look for 2D and 3D shapes in your home and neighborhood. Explore and name the shapes.
Use household items such as toothpicks and straws to create polygons.
Look for geometric patterns in the tile floors, quilts, buildings, and so on.