January 16th, 2018
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful, healthy, and joyous holiday season. The weather has been a little crazy, but we are hopeful Winter Workshop will begin this week. Please remind your child to dress appropriately.
In fifth grade, we have just finished a unit on adding and subtracting fractions. We learned how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (bottom part of the fraction) by using the strategy of using a clock model, using a grid model, and lastly finding a common denominator. Once they have the common denominator, they just add or subtract the pieces. This unit has included mixed numbers (a whole number and a fraction, example 3 ½ ).
Example of finding a common denominator: ⅓ + ⅘
13= 515 45= 1215
Ask your child to show you how to solve ¼ + ⅚ or ⅚ - ¼
We also just began a second unit on solving multi-digit multiplication and division. We reviewed strategies from the beginning of the year, and now we are working to make connections and understand the U.S Standard Algorithm. Students may use any strategy on the homework pages. Our goal is efficiency, fluency, and flexibility.
In sixth grade, we have just finished a unit on Comparing Bits and Pieces. We studied fractions, decimals, percents, and equivalence. We have learned how to convert between these numbers and how to plot them on a number line. We also introduced negative numbers, so we could begin comparing values. We’ve been using ratio language and notation to compare quantities and solve problems. Our next unit is all about fractions! We will review addition and subtraction of fractions and move onto multiplication and division.
Homework: A review sheet is sent home at the beginning of the week and due back on Friday. It’s important to keep these skills fresh as we continue on with other units. Work should mostly be done independently and all students know they can always come see me before school or during a break to get help, if needed.