Prior to Christmas break, we were earning 'bucks' to purchase items for our villages. We wrote stories around our villages, and created them by purchasing items. Santa's suit was ruined, so we had to create new ones (much more innovative).
We have been work SO HARD on learning our basic math facts. Right now we are just starting our fraction unit, and it is going so well. Multiplication went very well, as did long division. We've worked on finding the area (2 digit x 2 digit), and dividing large numbers. Below are a few pictures of some of the games we've played during stations for math facts.
A fun lesson that we did with subtraction was called, 'The Stinky Armpit Construction Zone.' The students started with a budget and had to subtract different items they needed for the house they were remodeling. As you can see, a tiny part of this activity was 'fixing up' their house, but they also had to maintain their budget!
This was a 2-player game to practice place value. The game was played like one of my all time favorites, Battleship :)
Below are a couple of pictures taken from our 'shopping day.' We've been working on the algorithm with addition and subtraction. Each student was given a different budget. They had to balance their budget. There were different tasks as well. An example: find 3 items coming closest to $100.00.
This week in Math we began our Cognitive Guided Instruction in finding ways to solve addition problems without going to the equation. The goal was to get to decomposing (and on the first day, I had 3 kids already do it!). Today, (Friday) we all practiced decomposing numbers.
Although there might not be a lot of math 'worksheets' coming home for homework, I do ask that your child is working on their Math Matters flashcards every night. Each student has their own folder with stapled sheets showing them (and you) where they are in Math Matters. On the other side of the folder they should have the flashcards that they are working on nightly.