MATH

9/11 Since the weather has bumped testing a couple of days, I'll keep you posted on when our next assessment will be. They will more than likely just do a culminating activity/mini-project on place value later next week which will be completed in class and taken home if they do not finish. I will allow them to use their notes for this activity, since we haven't had a great deal of class time to practice all the skills. Hopefully after break we'll get more consistent teaching time to move smoothly through our decimal unit.

check out this cool game: finding decimals on a number line

Login: BigShanty

PW: read

www.brainpop.com/games/battleshipnumberline/

We watched these videos in class today to help students gain a better understanding of place value of decimals:

www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-decimals/arith-review-decimals-intro/v/introduction-to-decimals

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FH6YiLWIuE

check out this cool game: finding decimals on a number line

Login: BigShanty

PW: read

www.brainpop.com/games/battleshipnumberline/

We watched these videos in class today to help students gain a better understanding of place value of decimals:

www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-decimals/arith-review-decimals-intro/v/introduction-to-decimals

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FH6YiLWIuE

9/5 Some students had a difficult time recognizing expressions when given a statement in words; therefore, I will continue to work with those students during our guided math small groups this week. The other students will be challenged with more difficult equations (combining the variables and solving without the use of the hands-on equation pieces they are used to using). I started to show a few of them last week....I get very excited about math with these kiddos!

We will begin place value tomorrow. They are going to create a place value chart in their notebooks that they can review and study throughout this unit (it will go from the thousandths place to the billions). We will also spend a great bit of time reading, writing & expanding larger numbers. We will have a quiz on these skills next Tuesday.

We will begin place value tomorrow. They are going to create a place value chart in their notebooks that they can review and study throughout this unit (it will go from the thousandths place to the billions). We will also spend a great bit of time reading, writing & expanding larger numbers. We will have a quiz on these skills next Tuesday.

8/26 We will have a quiz on expressions and equations on Wednesday this week (our early release day). Your child should be bringing home a practice page we completed in school to use as their study guide. We are also completing our first constructed response in our small groups which will go towards 10 points of their quiz. We are moving right into place value with decimals, so check out some of these fun games:

Order of Operations

mrnussbaum.com/orderops/

Multiplication Facts Challenge Game

mrnussbaum.com/gamc/

Place Value practice

mrnussbaum.com/place-value-pirates-practice-level-2/

Place Value practice

mrnussbaum.com/placevaluepirates/

Order of Operations

mrnussbaum.com/orderops/

Multiplication Facts Challenge Game

mrnussbaum.com/gamc/

Place Value practice

mrnussbaum.com/place-value-pirates-practice-level-2/

Place Value practice

mrnussbaum.com/placevaluepirates/

8/20 This week in math the students will be discussing the difference between an expression and an equation and begin creating and solving several of their own. We will also begin our guided math rotations, so students will be able to work independently on specific skills and levels of difficulty. During teacher time, I will be working closely with them on either word problems or Exemplars (this will be based on their latest quiz grade). We will then go straight into place value and decimals. Our next quiz will probably be next Monday, August 28th on equations and expressions; I had to bump some plans due to the Eclipse Day.

8/13 We began our unit on order of operations, expressions and equations last week. They are catching on so fast.The one thing we stressed is making sure they work LEFT TO RIGHT! I will continue to work on PEMDAS with them all week, extending or reteaching as needed. We will also begin some work with expressions and equations, but they will not be assessed on that skill this week (might be a good bonus question though)! We will have our first quiz on Thursday. I explained to the classes that is important to put all of their finished math pages in their "Berenger" folder, so they can use those as a study guide (along with their notebooks, of course). We will play a review game with white boards on Wednesday to make sure we are prepared.

**Continue to work on FIRST IN MATH every night! We will have a second timed multiplication test on Wednesday to see if your child is showing an improvement (only those who scored lower than a 90 on the pretest).**8/7 www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

Many students need to practice their math fact fluency. Try the above games from multiplication.com until we receive the logins and passwords for "First in Math" Let me know what you played & what you scored and you will receive a special surprise!

Check out some of these sites:

equations

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/write-variable-equations-word-problems

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/escape_planet_x/

http://nrich.maths.org/7216

challenge/extension

http://mathforum.org/te/exchange/hosted/quincy/Number_Grid_Level_3b.html

Many students need to practice their math fact fluency. Try the above games from multiplication.com until we receive the logins and passwords for "First in Math" Let me know what you played & what you scored and you will receive a special surprise!

- On Line Math Book- Students can access their math books online. The online textbook offers so much more than just a way to get homework. There are virtual manipulatives, math games, etc.
- Go to http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do
- Student Username: ccsd (student ID). This is the student’s lunch and media center number. The parentheses are not part of the username. Example: ccsd123456 Student Password: cobbmath1 (this is the same for everyone)

Check out some of these sites:

equations

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/write-variable-equations-word-problems

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/escape_planet_x/

http://nrich.maths.org/7216

challenge/extension

http://mathforum.org/te/exchange/hosted/quincy/Number_Grid_Level_3b.html

5/10 Our last math assignment will be a decimal activity where the students will need to select the cheapest school supplies from two different stores, multiply by a specific quantity and add a long list of prices. They will work with a partner and be allowed to check their computation with a calculator at the very end of the assignment.

5/7 Both classes did great on the line plot section of the test; however, several students will need to retake the conversion section. I will be be doing a review and practice session tomorrow and Tuesday, then they will make their test corrections in class. They will still be allowed to use their note card (I asked them to hold on to it Friday just in case). It's a difficult concept to grasp, so I think a little reteaching and practice is exactly what they need!

I will not post the grades in Synergy until after corrections.....my class will find out their grade tomorrow, and Mrs. Borg's students will receive theirs on Tuesday (tomorrow is a SOAR day so I don't see them at all).

I will not post the grades in Synergy until after corrections.....my class will find out their grade tomorrow, and Mrs. Borg's students will receive theirs on Tuesday (tomorrow is a SOAR day so I don't see them at all).

5/1 Math test on line plots and converting measurements will be on Friday. We will review all week and students will be allowed to write any information they'd like to use for the test on a 4x6 note card. We will create these on Thursday in class, so they can bring them home to look over and add any additional information they'd like before Friday.

4/14 Since our Science and SS boot camp took up a good portion of the week, we will have our line plot quiz some time next week. It will be very similar to what we've been working on in class and our homework (finding the fair share of fractional data). We will also be doing a great deal of review the next 10 days of class to get us ready for the TEST!

4/1 Wow, we made it through all our math standards! When we return, we will review line plots and create a class one together. We will also take the Q3 benchmark test for geometry, measurement and line plots. This is not for a grade on their report card, it's just to see what they learned throughout the third quarter. We will review Monday-Wednesday and take the assessment either Wednesday (second half of class) or Thursday. We will have a quick quiz on line plots the Friday we return from break.

3/26 we will work on customary vs. metrics measurement this week. Students will go on a scavenger hunt to measure items to the nearest 10th of a cm and the nearest 1/4 of an inch. We will practice using and reading the rulers and tape measures on Monday, then move right into conversions (we will glue notes for these into our notebooks on Monday). In addition, we will continue to do the review math sheets for extra practice until after the Milestones.

3/20 Here is another great site to use for Milestone's math practice....very interactive!

Thanks to one of our amazing parents!

www.ixl.com/math/grade-5

Thanks to one of our amazing parents!

www.ixl.com/math/grade-5

3/19 Part II of the volume quiz will be this Wednesday, 3/22 and will cover finding the missing dimension, finding volume given the base (BxH), and a few composite figures will also be included since that was the most frequently missed question on the last quiz. We will revisit dividing decimals by decimals and glue notes and examples into our notebooks. We will then go right into measurement and continue with that as well as an extensive review of all our standards right after spring break.

3/10 We will extend our volume unit next week where the students will be given 2 dimensions and the volume; they will have to set up an equation to solve for the missing side. We will also work with problems that give the base (they need to realize this is the LxW already), and they will need to find the volume of the cube or prism. We will continue to work on review problems.......Milestones are a month away!!!!

3/10 We will extend our volume unit next week where the students will be given 2 dimensions and the volume; they will have to set up an equation to solve for the missing side. We will also work with problems that give the base (they need to realize this is the LxW already), and they will need to find the volume of the cube or prism. We will continue to work on review problems.......Milestones are a month away!!!!

**3/8 I came across this website.....good practice for 5th grade word problems...with self checking answer keys! Show me one of the problems you solved and you will get a prize! Good luck!**

www.mathplayground.com/solve_it_word_problems/wp_5A.html

3/3 Our volume quiz will be next Thursday, March 9th....we will be doing a great deal of practice with volume from now until then, so they will be ready! We will also have several examples in their notebooks to use as a study guide. Please have them practice multiplication facts if they are still having trouble...this will truly help when finding the volume of 3-D figures (LxWxH or BxH).

2/26 We will begin exploring volume of rectangular prisms this week. The class will build various-sized prisms with mind craft blocks and learn how to make their own from a "net". During our math rotations, some students will need some reteaching of quadrilaterals and triangles (based on the grade they received on the unit test taken before break); we will also be reviewing adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.....it's been a long time, so they could use the review!

2/10 Our polygon (quadrilateral & triangle) & coordinate quiz will be on Thursday 2/16. We will be spending time next week completing our polygon robots and science write-ups. Please see the websites below for review games on triangles an quadrilaterals. We also have notes on all of this information in our notebooks.

2/6 Try this interactive game using triangles, polygons & quadrilaterals:

Try finding the missing angle of a triangle game for an extra challenge!

www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/triangles-interactive.html

Try finding the missing angle of a triangle game for an extra challenge!

www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/triangles-interactive.html

2/5 We will continue with attributes of polygons and quadrilaterals this week and review XY coordinate planes and grids. Since Friday is our STEM/Career day, we will have our assessment next Monday, February 13th (possibly Wednesday if I feel we need more practice). I will review everything that will be on it, and students will be encouraged to bring home their notebooks (all the characteristics/attributes will be listed there)! Next, we will review line plots from last year and move on to a brand new standard.....3D figures and volume.

1/27 We will begin geometry next week (characteristics of 2-D figures [polygons and quadrilaterals] and classifying triangles by their sides and by their angles. Next, we will review line plots and then move right into volume.

1/23 Here are a few more fun coordinate games to try at home:

quizzer.eduplace.com/cgi-bin/quizzer2.cgi?ID=hmm07_ep/gr4/2402&GRADE=4&UNIT=8&START_QUIZ=1

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/grids/play/

quizzer.eduplace.com/cgi-bin/quizzer2.cgi?ID=hmm07_ep/gr4/2402&GRADE=4&UNIT=8&START_QUIZ=1

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/grids/play/

Dividing fractions Quiz tomorrow....we completed a study guide in class today and glued notes into our interactive notebooks to help prepare for it!

1/20 We are starting Geometry on Monday (coordinate planes and two-dimensional figures, then we will move into volume). Here are a few fun practice games from Splash Math to reinforce these skills at home:

www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/coordinate-plane

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/coordinate-graphs

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/volume-using-unit-cubes

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/volume-of-solids

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/classify-two-dimensional-figures

1/20 We are starting Geometry on Monday (coordinate planes and two-dimensional figures, then we will move into volume). Here are a few fun practice games from Splash Math to reinforce these skills at home:

www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/coordinate-plane

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/coordinate-graphs

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/volume-using-unit-cubes

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/volume-of-solids

www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/geometry/classify-two-dimensional-figures

1/13 Here are a few great videos to show what we learned yesterday, and what we'll be covering next week: dividing fractions by a whole number and a unit fraction & dividing a fraction by a fraction. Our projector's bulb died, so it may be a while until it gets replaced. Therefore, I may be sharing several videos on this blog for students to view at home.

learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/5021-divide-a-unit-fraction-by-a-whole-number

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3ySpxX9oeM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQMU-lsMb3U

Thanks for watching!

learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/5021-divide-a-unit-fraction-by-a-whole-number

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3ySpxX9oeM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQMU-lsMb3U

Thanks for watching!

1/10 We will review multiplying fractions with and without models, then begin dividing fractions with and without models as well beginning Thursday. I will link the modeling division of fractions video after we view it, so your child will be able to use it if he/she needs it to complete their homework.

- Friday, Janury 19th, will be the quiz on dividing fractions....we will review with white boards beforehand to make sure they are prepared and ready!
- Review homework of the standards already taught this year will begin tomorrow and continue periodically throughout the next two months (in preparation of the Milestones, which will be here before we know it)! I want to make sure the kiddos don't forget what we've previously covered (place value, rounding, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with and without decimals, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and constructed responses).
- The homework sheet will be due next Tuesday, but they can work at their own pace.
- Both Math classes will be taking The MI (Math Inventory) mid-year assessment tomorrow (Wednesday) to see if the students are making progress in math. I will send home the results and the scoring chart as soon as it's completed.
- After fractions, we will begin Geometry, Coordinates and Measurement...so much more to cover before the Milestones, but we will stay focused and do it!!!

12/12 Since I added using models to multiply fractions to our quiz, I am postponing the quiz until Thursday. We wll be working on models the next three days. This Youtube video is great to use as a demonstration on how to create the models; we watched it in class today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg2u0bvHBGU

Tonight's homework 12/12 is pages 737-738 and tomorrow's homework will be pages 749-750.

We will also be working on a multiplication of fraction in-class project on creating and constructing a doghouse. I'm hoping we get time next week to build one (well, a mini version, but it will be a great ending before the break!)

When we return, we will do a week and a half of reviewing decimals and using models to divide decimals. I feel like we need a little more time on the models, since they will more than likely be on the Milestones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg2u0bvHBGU

Tonight's homework 12/12 is pages 737-738 and tomorrow's homework will be pages 749-750.

We will also be working on a multiplication of fraction in-class project on creating and constructing a doghouse. I'm hoping we get time next week to build one (well, a mini version, but it will be a great ending before the break!)

When we return, we will do a week and a half of reviewing decimals and using models to divide decimals. I feel like we need a little more time on the models, since they will more than likely be on the Milestones.

12/3 Our quiz on simplifying, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators will be Monday, December 5th. We've done a great deal of practice problems last week, so I know they are ready and will do great! I have also added a constructed response similar to the one we completed in our small groups last week. We will begin multiplying fractions on Tuesday; quiz will tentatively be next Monday or Tuesday...I'll keep them posted!

11/30 Here are some fun sites to practice math:

Fraction game:

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_106_g_2_t_1.html

Battleship numberlines:

http://playpowerlabs.org/bsnl/v21/brainpop/BSNL.html

Making equations (PEMDAS) challenge game:

http://www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/p/eq1.shtml

Fraction games

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/FruitShootFractionsAddition.htm

multiplying fractions

https://www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/fractions/multiply-fractions

11/27 We will continue with subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers this week. Our test will be next Monday, 12/5 on adding and subtracting fractions with mixed numbers and unlike denominators with simplifying. We will then move on to multiplying and dividing fractions.

Fraction game:

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_106_g_2_t_1.html

Battleship numberlines:

http://playpowerlabs.org/bsnl/v21/brainpop/BSNL.html

Making equations (PEMDAS) challenge game:

http://www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/p/eq1.shtml

Fraction games

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/FruitShootFractionsAddition.htm

multiplying fractions

https://www.splashmath.com/math-skills/fifth-grade/fractions/multiply-fractions

11/27 We will continue with subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers this week. Our test will be next Monday, 12/5 on adding and subtracting fractions with mixed numbers and unlike denominators with simplifying. We will then move on to multiplying and dividing fractions.

11/13 Math test on adding fractions with unlike denominators will be tomorrow (Tues., 11/15). They have four practice problems for homework to complete that will be similar to what will be on the test. We will continue with fractions until Christmas break (subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions).

11/7 The homework this week will be a constructed response/exemplar which will be due on Friday. I will pass this out, along with the rubric, on Wednesday...it will be a take-home graded assignment.

11/4 Math test on dividing decimals by a whole number and finding the LCM of 2-3 numbers will be on Monday, 11/7. Comparing & adding and fractions with unlike denominators quiz will be the following Monday, 11/14. We reviewed today and will do a complete review before the test on Monday!

10/31 We are beginning our fraction unit this week (while still practicing division with decimals). There will be a quiz on both of these standards on Friday. All the information will be in their interactive math notebook. I'll remind them to take them home Thursday night!

10/24 We will continue working on dividing decimals with a whole numbers (2-digit into 4-digit numbers with a decimal), then we will move right into adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. They will need to find the LCM first, then learn how to create equivalent fractions with like denominators before they can add or subtract. We will create a chart with steps in their notebooks to use when completing homework assignments. I'll keep you posted on assessments. There is a take-home constructed response due Wednesday that will be taken for a grade. Please remind your child to show their work completely using a picture (model, diagram, etc,), numbers (computation), and EXPLAIN completely the steps taken to solve the problem.

10/14 All next week we will be working on multiplying and dividing with decimals; the students will be assessed on Friday, October 21st. We will write notes and examples in our notebooks to use as a study tool.

9/28 We will review rounding & comparing decimals, powers of 10 and adding & subtracting decimals whole group and in guided math stations when we return from break. There will be an assessment on all of these standards either Wednesday or Thursday of next week (I need to see if ALP will be gone Tuesday, because I need enough time to review with the entire class). I'm sure you've all heard that Mr. McAllister had heart surgery and will be out for a few more weeks. He's recovering well, but still needs time to build up his strength. They did find a certified teacher/substitute, so I'll know on Monday if she will be starting right away. Thanks for your patience!

**UPDATE: Math test will be this Friday 10/7 on the above standards. I am moving the science test to Monday because Friday is SOAR day (students will be in specials half the day).**- On Line Math Book- Students can access their math books online. The online textbook offers so much more than just a way to get homework. There are virtual manipulatives, math games, etc.
- Go to http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do
- Student Username: ccsd (student ID). This is the student’s lunch and media center number. The parentheses are not part of the username. Example: ccsd123456 Student Password: cobbmath1

9/10 We will be working on powers of 10 and exponents next week. This is a difficult concept to grasp, so I will try to use more visuals and videos so students get a better understanding. We will not have a rounding quiz; however, I will be grading work they do in the guided math stations that includes rounding, comparing and ordering decimals.

9/6 This week we will continue with decimals (compare, order, round, add and subtract to nearest thousandths place). We won't have an assessment until the following week; however, they will be given a constructed response to take home, work on and return Friday for a grade. It will be on comparing decimals, and we will go over exactly what needs to be included (Cobb County's problem solving rubric will be attached).

**8/26 We will have an assessment on Monday on place value. They must know their values from the billions down to thousandths, be able to write whole numbers in word and expanded form as well as compare and order them, and recognize decimals as fractions (for example, if 4 out of 100 boxes are shaded on a decimal chart, then they write 4/100, four hundredths or 0.04). A constructed response will also be included; we worked on a similar one in our math notebooks this week. We will continue to work more on decimal this week (compare, order and round).**

8/22 We began our place value/decimal unit today. I had all the students glue a place value chart into their math notebooks to help when reading and writing large numbers. Our chart starts with the one billions place and ends with the thousandths place. We spent a great deal of time just reading numbers aloud. We will continue with comparing, ordering, rounding and creating numbers with the power of 10 (for example 10 to the 5th power would be written: 1,000,000. We will have a quick quiz on Friday for just place, value, comparing and ordering numbers.

8/14 The class took an open note quiz last Friday on order of operations, writing expressions and finding the missing number to make equations equivalent. I also gave them the opportunity to correct a few problems after I checked over their work. They seem to be catching on to these standards so quickly! This Friday will be an assessment on using PEMDAS and writing expressions (sorry, this will will not be open notes). We will continue to work on these skills ALL week during our guided math rotations.

Check out some of these sites:

equations

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/write-variable-equations-word-problems

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/escape_planet_x/

http://nrich.maths.org/7216

challenge/extension

http://mathforum.org/te/exchange/hosted/quincy/Number_Grid_Level_3b.html

Check out some of these sites:

equations

https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/write-variable-equations-word-problems

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/escape_planet_x/

http://nrich.maths.org/7216

challenge/extension

http://mathforum.org/te/exchange/hosted/quincy/Number_Grid_Level_3b.html

8/7 We started our order of operations unit last week. The students were working diligently on Friday to create an expression for you to solve during Open House Monday night. they did such a great job. I told them to take it easy on you, since you might have forgotten how to use PEMDAS. However, some of them were serious about making their problem challenging!! Good luck!

We will continue to work on this, as well as creating & solving patterns and equations for the next few weeks.

We will continue to work on this, as well as creating & solving patterns and equations for the next few weeks.

5/2 I decided not to give a unit test since we are working on a variety of standards within our guided math groups. Most of the remaining grades will come from small in-class activities such as weighing items and making predictions, multiplicative comparison review problems and independent practice work from their math series. All work will be explained thoroughly in class and I will let them know beforehand if it will be graded. I can't believe it's almost over........we can do this!

4/15 Our last unit test for the year will be on measurement (identifying and converting customary and metrics). It is tentatively set for Tuesday, April 26th. I will have the students write it in their agendas. We will work on all of these standards next week after testing during guided math rotations.

4/10 Welcome back......we will finish up with measurement before the Milestones. Tuesday morning I will do an intensive 30-minute review during math club of all the standards taught this year. If your child could use the the extra review, have them arrive at school before 7:30...thank you for your support! After Milestones we will continue to work on geometry and measurement and I'll start PEMDAS (order of operations) and extend multiplication and division.

3/19 We will finish out these next two weeks with geometry, line plots and measurement. When we return from spring break, it will be review, review, review.....we can do this!!!! We will have a geometry quiz next week before break; I will give out more information after I see how far we get this week. Check your child's agenda by the end of the week for the exact date. Examples and notes will be in their interactive notebooks.

3/13 We will continue with decimal and fraction equivalency and comparing & ordering decimals this week. I will be sending home a study guide that will be VERY similar to the test (which is tentatively Friday). I'll have the students write it in their agenda on Wednesday.

We will then finish up the month with geometry, measurement and line plots...so much to cover in three weeks. We can do it!

We will then finish up the month with geometry, measurement and line plots...so much to cover in three weeks. We can do it!

3/6 Next week is the end of the 3rd quarter grading period. The next math test will be on decimals (comparing to fractions, recognizing, naming, comparing and ordering). We will not be ready for this until the week of the 14th, so this score will go on the 4th quarter reporting period. I will give a more definite date as we progress through these standards. Next week we will practice these skills in our guided math stations.

Here is a link to help place decimals on a number line:

http://www.softschools.com/math/decimals/decimal_number_line/

Funny Youtube video to introduce decimals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JB3bNfLqEM

Here is a link to help place decimals on a number line:

http://www.softschools.com/math/decimals/decimal_number_line/

Funny Youtube video to introduce decimals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JB3bNfLqEM

2/26 TEST CHANGE!! MATH TEST WILL BE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH. We did lots of review the past two days (small groups, math club and whole group white board review with a Skittle incentive)! The assessment will consist of changing improper fractions to mixed numbers (BIT) and mixed to improper (MADD). I will also include adding and subtracting fractions with mixed numbers (they may have to be simplified or changed to a mixed number if the sum ends up improper). A 10 point constructed response will be included. Students must show all work to get full credit (numbers, pictures & words). We did a practice question in class, so they should be well prepared. Next week we will work on multiplying fractions by a whole number and begin relating fractions to decimals.

2/5 - 2/26 We will continue with fractions this week (adding, subtracting, mixed, improper and simplifying). We will also do a fun performance task & create cookies to use them to find improper and mixed numbers (sorry, only paper cookies)! We will have an assessment on all of these skills on Friday). I'll have them write it in agendas and bring notebooks home to study. We will review on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare them for the test!

Here is the power point that was going to get presented on math night. It is packed with helpful hints and ideas to help your child with some of the common core math skills!

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Here is the power point that was going to get presented on math night. It is packed with helpful hints and ideas to help your child with some of the common core math skills!

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1/30 We will continue with fractions & begin decimals by the end of February. Students will start seeing how they are related and how to show equivalency (ie. 20/100 = .20) . There will be more graded take-home performance tasks coming, so please check your child's agenda daily. The next quiz will be on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and simplifying (AKA reducing to lowest terms). I have it planned for next Tuesday the 9th, but if anything changes, it will be written in their agendas. We've already started learning these standards in small groups last week, so they should have it down by then. I will also have math club that morning (7:30-8:00 am) if anyone needs extra practice before the quiz.

1/15 We began fractions this week. So far we've covered equivalency and comparing...they seem to be catching on quickly. Next week we will use benchmark numbers to place fractions close to 0, 1/2 or 1 whole. This helps give them a better understanding of the value of each fraction. We will also compare fractions (we learned a little karate method) and decompose fractions into smaller amounts that equal the whole. We will be very busy for such a short week :-)

1/8 We reviewed several standards this week from the first half of the year. It's amazing how much information the students retain! We covered addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, area, perimeter, patterns and rounding...whew! Now, on to fractions. See last week's post for standards and information. More information and practice links to come!

1/4 Welcome Back! I hope you all had an amazing and restful break. We will use these four days in math to review some of the skills from the first half of the year (addition, subtraction, multiplication division, place value, area, perimeter and patterns). I plan on giving a small mid-term like assessment possibly Friday or Monday (I'll see how far we get by Thursday & I will have them write it in their agendas). Next week we will begin fractions (and lots of them)!! This will be an extensive unit that will last through February. We will begin with identifying, comparing and finding equivalent fractions, then move on to adding, subtracting and multiplying them). We will do several performance tasks where they will work with partners and groups, so there won't be weekly quizzes. I'll keep you posted on those. Enjoy your last few days….see you bright and early Tuesday morning!

12/4 The kids are really catching on to long division; I am so impressed. They have been taught 3 different ways, so I hope that helps give them a better understanding of the concept. We will have a division test next Thursday on one- digit divisors into 2, 3 & 4 digit dividends. I have already started challenging some of the students to divide using 2-digit divisors (this is a 5th grade standard!) This will only be used as a bonus question on next week's test. We will do lots of division practice all next week to make sure they are prepared!!!!

11/13 our 2 by 2 multiplication test will be next Thursday, 11/19. We will do lots of practice this week, so they'll be ready! We will begin our division strategies the Monday we return from break.

11/6 The kids are rockin' the multiplication so far! I am so proud of their efforts because it's not an easy standard. We will be working on 2-digits by 2-digits today and all next week. I will assess them on the 2 by 1. 3 by 1 & 4 by 1 next Wednesday and the 2 by 2 the week before break. A constructed response will also be included, so we will do a practice one in our notebooks today!

10/23 Next week we will be working on factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers and possibly 2 by 2 multiplication if we get that far. If your child has trouble with their facts, now is the time to practice nightly. Everything we do from here on out will require the children to know their multiplication facts. Next Friday we will have a quiz on factors, multiples, prime and composite....have your child bring his/her math interactive notebook home (I'll remind them on Thursday). Everything they'll need to know for the quiz will be in there.

10/10 We will be working in small groups this week in guided math. Students will be building models with Cheez-its and be required to find the area & perimeter of each figure. They will also have an activity where they will create their "Dream House" plans & find the area of each room. For the science station, they will be able to track and predict the weather on edheads (the link is in the tab "important links" if they'd like to try at home). We will have a constructed response to complete on Friday that will be graded, but they will get a practice one on Monday for homework that will be very similar. The final area & perimeter test will tentatively be next Wed (since Tue. is an ALP day). I'll give an exact date later in the week.

10/3 We just finished up additive and multiplicative comparison word problems & equations and are moving right on to perimeter and area. They actually did a great job on such a difficult standard. We took the quiz on Friday, so their scores will be coming home in Thursday folders.

If possible, could you please send in a box of Cheez-Its for an area lesson I have planned. I'd like to be able to give the children the opportunity to eat their lesson when we're finished! Haha! Thanks in advance; I appreciate all you do.

We will continue with area and perimeter for the next two weeks. I will have the students write any quiz or performance task due dates in his/her agenda when the time gets closer.

If possible, could you please send in a box of Cheez-Its for an area lesson I have planned. I'd like to be able to give the children the opportunity to eat their lesson when we're finished! Haha! Thanks in advance; I appreciate all you do.

We will continue with area and perimeter for the next two weeks. I will have the students write any quiz or performance task due dates in his/her agenda when the time gets closer.

9/15 We just finished up our unit on place value and rounding and we're on to additive and multiplicative comparisons (which means creating equations from story problems). We will have a quick assessment after the break on this standard, but I will let the classes know a few days in advance. We will have several examples in our interactive notebooks and in our math folders. The students did a great job on the last unit test. I am so proud of their efforts. I pulled small groups this week if there were a few skills we needed to brush up on. I think we're finally getting addition and subtraction of whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

8/25 We've been busy in math! We finished place value and had our first assessment last week. If your child didn't do as well as they wished, I pulled them aside and worked one-on-one to help them understand their mistakes. I allowed test corrections on both parts too (multiple choice and word problem). We will have a rounding quiz on Friday. I will be out, but I told the class to write it in their agendas today. There is no other homework tomorrow night, just to study their rounding rules in the interactive notebook. Next week we will be doing rotations all week, so I can work with a small group on adding & subtracting large numbers using the standard algorithm and properties of addition and multiplication. I enjoy this time with the kids. It gives me a great opportunity to get to know each child's strengths and weaknesses. Have a wonderful weekend!

8/14 Happy Friday! I had the students write this in their agendas today in the note section, but just in case they wrote it incorrectly (there are a lot of letters and symbols in this), here it is again.

If they ever forget their workbook at school, they can pull it up and print the page from the website.

Have a great weekend J Mrs. Berenger

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user name: ccsd (your id number with no spaces)

PW: cobbmath1

If they ever forget their workbook at school, they can pull it up and print the page from the website.

Have a great weekend J Mrs. Berenger

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PW: cobbmath1

8/12 Wow, I can't believe how many students know their facts up to the 10's. This will make them feel much more confident in math this year. In three weeks the classes will be tested on their 11's and the week after that their 12's. I'll post exact dates when we get closer to the date. Some of the others who did not pass their test or missed mainly those numbers, will be required to pass their 6-9's as well. This will begin next week.There will be an assessment on place value next week (writing numbers in standard, expanded and written form, as well as identifying the place and value of numbers up to the millions place). If they are keeping up with their notebooks and homework, then they will do very well.

Welcome to the Marvelous Math blog. This is where I will update the standards, homework, projects, test dates and other important information related to math. I will also list important places to find tutorials and educational related sites. If we are doing fun things in the class, I might take a few pics and upload them for you to see what's going on in our class. I look forward to helping your child soar in math this year.

Our first Unit of study is place value up to the million's place. I have so many fun activities planned for this! I like to use fun videos to introduce concepts and LOTS of hands-on materials to help the students build a solid foundation for the "how" and "why". I truly try to hep them understand the process (better than I was taught back in the day)! :-)

One thing you will hear me say repetitively is THE CHILDREN MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION FACTS!!!! Everything we do in fourth grade is based on multiplication. It will make them faster and much more confident.

We will get right into adding and subtracting large numbers with regrouping then on to rounding from there.

Start practicing those 2's, 3's and 4's.........

Our first Unit of study is place value up to the million's place. I have so many fun activities planned for this! I like to use fun videos to introduce concepts and LOTS of hands-on materials to help the students build a solid foundation for the "how" and "why". I truly try to hep them understand the process (better than I was taught back in the day)! :-)

One thing you will hear me say repetitively is THE CHILDREN MUST KNOW THEIR MULTIPLICATION FACTS!!!! Everything we do in fourth grade is based on multiplication. It will make them faster and much more confident.

We will get right into adding and subtracting large numbers with regrouping then on to rounding from there.

Start practicing those 2's, 3's and 4's.........