Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week of December 5

The fifth graders have been working very hard learning about fractions and how to think about them.  Last week they enjoyed using ratio tables to solve many equations and think about how numbers related to one another.

This week we will make the connection to how ratio tables can be fractions. Students will continue to apply their fraction knowledge to various problems, become more comfortable with finding common denominators, and at the end of the week they will take their post test for unit 2.

It is exciting to see how students are grasping these concepts and having "aha" moments!

This week (December 5-11) there is a national awareness of computer coding called "Hour of Code." I have a few websites noted in my resource section that students may link to in order to problem solve and code programs. These skills that they learn through coding will most likely be everyday skills our students will need in their future work lives doing jobs that haven't even been thought of yet. It's very exciting trying to "break the codes" and move to the next levels.  Through computer coding I have watched students take challenges, be willing to fail yet keep trying, and move from a fixed mindset to flexible thinking, not to mention great collaboration among all the learners. During this week, many apps are also offered for free to raise awareness and enthusiasm for coding.  If you go to the app store and type in hour of code, or coding, several apps appear.  Lots of math skills are also included in many of these programs!

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