Tag Archives: Math

Thanksgiving week.

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving-themed week!  Our class has been having conversations about all of the things we are grateful for.  We filled out feathers to add to the school turkey and we wore tags displaying our gratitude.

grateful-2016

In math we have been working in groups to solve our turkey problems.  It has proved to be fun and engaging.  Check out our hard work below!

turkey-part-2-work-2016

Suggested Interview Questions” for the Molly’s Pilgrim Project are due Monday, December 5th.  Students should interview their “pilgrim” (or relative/friend of a pilgrim) and record their answers on a separate piece of paper.

What is your full name? Are you a pilgrim? If not, who is the pilgrim you will tell me about?

What country and city did you come from?

Was it a difficult decision to come to America?

Tell me about your life in your home country, such as friends and things you did in your spare time.

What city and state did you arrive in (U.S.)?

What year did you leave your country to come to the United States?

Tell me about the journey from your country. Did you come on a boat, plane, or car to the U.S.? How long did it take? Explain in detail.

How old were you when you came to the U.S.?

Why did you leave your country?

Did you come to the U.S. with anyone else? If so, who?

Tell me about your family.

What was your job in your first country? What was your job in the U.S.?

When you came to the U.S. what did you do first?

What do you miss about your home town?

What do you love about the U.S.?

Do you ever travel back to your old country? Why or why not?

Are you happy with your decision to come to the U.S.?

If the person is no longer alive, when did they die?

*Feel free to write your own questions!

 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving with family and friends.

 

CUBES strategy.

cubes

This week the students have learned a new strategy to assist them when solving math word problems.  The CUBES strategy should be especially helpful on the upcoming math MCAS test.  Here are some examples of how the CUBES strategy can be used to solve math word problems:

cubes student workcubes open response

Please encourage your child to use the CUBES strategy on any math homework involving word problems.

 

 

Spirit week and other updates.

Last week our school enjoyed spirit week.  Monday we dressed in our school colors, orange and black.  Tuesday we decorated our door to show our Kennedy School pride (please come by to read the reasons why we love the Kennedy School), and on Thursday we were joined by our fifth grade buddies from Ms. Bougas’s class to participate in some Kennedy School Trivia.  We finished up the week by wearing Patriots clothing to celebrate our New England Patriots.  It was a fun and exciting week!

school spirit door 2school spirit door 1

In math, we have been continuing to sharpen our skills with addition and subtraction by using the number line and bar model.  We have also been finding the perimeter of squares and rectangles by using the formula perimeter equals length plus width plus length plus width.  Some children have even written books about “Peri the Perimeter Pet”!  The students have been using variables in equations to solve for the unknown.  We will be reviewing money, time, and rounding to the nearest ten and nearest hundred before our district assessment at the beginning of November.  Reminder: Always remember to show work (two different ways if possible), write equations, and write a sentence with your answer for word problems!

number line and bar model

peri the perimeter pet peri the perimeter pet 2

In English Language Arts we have been continuing our study of fiction.  The last two weeks we have been reading My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada and we have been learning how to ask questions to further our understanding of what we have been reading so that we can have engaging conversations about the text.  Students have focused on asking a balance of “Right There” questions and “Author and Me” questions.  They have had clear behavior expectations when asking and answering questions with their groups and they have made significant progress over the last few weeks.  Group expectations include speaking and listening to my partner about my work, staying focused on my work for the entire time, and having the materials I need to complete my task.

asking questions

In Social Studies each student has chosen a New England State to learn more about.  Each child will research their state, write a report, and do a presentation.  Much of the research will be completed in school.  Students will be receiving more information in the coming weeks.  We started our maps in class on Friday and the map is due Wednesday, October 21st.

Pool with resume this Monday and Wednesday is a noon dismissal for students.

I’ll leave you with a photograph from Friday.  The students participated in their first session of Playworks on the front school yard. We had a lot of fun, despite the chilly weather and everyone is already looking forward to our next session.

playworks

Math MCAS prep.

I hope everyone had a safe, restful, and enjoyable April vacation.  Now that we’re back, it’s time to focus on math.  We will be spending the next two weeks reviewing math concepts for our Math MCAS on  May 12 and May 13.  Students have learned all math topics for the test and they have been working very hard in class.  They know how important it is to show ALL work, to write equations, and to write a sentence with the answer for open response questions.

Students have also learned a strategy called CUBES to help them solve word problems.  CIRCLE the numbers, UNDERLINE the question, BOX in the key words, EVALUATE and draw, SOLVE and check.

Some ways parents, family, guardians, and friends can help at home:

1.  Review math morning work problems with your child.  You will find a daily worksheet in your child’s yellow homework folder.

2.  Review math practice MCAS questions with your child.  Today we reviewed data–line plots, tallies, bar graphs, and pictographs.  These questions can also be found in the homework folder.

3.  Review any concepts that confuse your child or that your child requires extra practice on.

math morning work
Our math morning work activities come from this book, Common Core Math 4 Today (Carson-Dellosa Publishing).
math morning work 2
The morning work from Monday, April 27th. Your child should show ALL work! This is the answer key.
math mcas practice
This is the MCAS practice packet that reviews DATA.

Thank you for supporting our students at home!  By working together each child can achieve success!