Friday, April 27, 2012

What if you were on the Titanic?

We have finished our book I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.  The students have been so interested in this book that now we have started a second Titanic series.  Book one is: Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship.  This book follows two young boys on their adventures before, during, and after the sinking of the Titanic. 

Morning Journal:  Pretend you were a passenger on the Titanic.  Describe your adventure and what you would do to survive.

Morning Math:  We completed the morning math test for this week.  I will grade them and we will go over the correct answers.

Math:  FRACTIONS!  We practiced turning a mixed number into an improper fraction.  We drew pictures to show the mixed number and used repeated addition to find the improper fraction.  We discussed how repeated addition is actually multiplication.  I showed them the short cut version of multiplying the denominator by the whole number and then adding the numerator of the fraction.  We placed this number on top as the numerator and used the same whole as the denominator.  For example:

2 1/2= 2x2=4+1=5; Put 5 as the numerator and 2 as the denominator to make the improper fraction of 5/2. 

Using mixed numbers will guide us into next week's lesson of putting fractions on a number line.

Discuss with your child some real world examples of using mixed numbers: pizzas, cookies, cakes, etc.

Reading:  We took the vocabulary test for this week's story and the comprehension test.

EOG Dates
May 15th: Reading
May 16th: Math
May 17th: Math

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