In math the fifth graders have been using their knowledge of area to find the volume of rectangular prisms (boxes). First they found volume by determining the number of snap cubes that would fit in the box. Then they moved to using standard units, like cubic centimeters. This week the students will be building cubic units with paper and sticks...cubic inches, feet, yards and meters. This will help them develop an intuitive understanding of the size of various cubic units.
The sixth graders have been studying fractions and decimals and the relationship between them. This has been very challenging, especially determining decimal equivalents for fractions like 1/3, where the denominator isn't a factor of 10 or 100. We are also using benchmark fractions to determine fractions' and decimals' relative magnitude.
Parents, please check your children's passport a few times a week. It will keep you informed about how they are doing with homework, preparation and behavior. There have been several children who regularly don't get their homework done on time. Thanks.