Have you ever made a Math Mountain before? If not, you can look in our math book to find out how. But we know all about them. It is simple to make one. It looks like a mountain with three numbers. There is one at the top and two at the bottom. The number at the top is ALWAYS the total, and the two bottom are the partners. The partners ALWAYS add up to the total. For example, 6 and 5 add up to 11. So, 6 and 5 would be on the bottom, and 11 would be on the top. You can also make equations that go with the Math Mountain, like 6+5=11 and 11-6=5.
Knock! Knock! Who's there? Mystery guest! "Mystery guest" who? It's Puzzled Penguin! Puzzled Penguin is a penguin who always gets puzzled about math. We wrote him some letters to help him understand ungrouping. One week ago, we heard a knock on our door in the middle of a math lesson. We all looked toward the door. Somebody said, "Who's that?" It was Puzzled Penguin! He came to our classroom because he was still puzzled (like always). Everybody yelled, "YAAAAAYYYYYY!" He gave us high fives, and then we taught him ungrouping again. He doesn't talk, but he nodded when we asked him if he understood. For now, he's not puzzled anymore, but he might be puzzled again. And again, we will help him!
Guess what? We started something MATH-tastic in our classroom this week. It was awesome, and it's called... Math Workshop! In Math Workshop, some things are different than in regular math. We work in groups instead of all doing math together. We have stations 1, 2, 3, and 4 to go to with our groups. Usually in Math Workshop we have some parent helpers. We play math games, we might go on the computer for math games, we work on the 8 important jobs of a mathematician, and we solve problems! You should stop by sometime when we are doing Math Workshop. It's a-MATH-mazing!
Last week we learned that there are special jobs that mathematicians do. What do you remember about the jobs?
Leave a comment below to discuss them. Don't forget to read other people's ideas! You can reply to someone else, or you can leave a new idea as a separate comment.
Here are some things to think about:
What jobs are most familiar to you?
What jobs do you think we do the most?
Which are most important? Why?
If you can't see them clearly, click on the photo to see a bigger image. I can't wait to read all your wonderful ideas!
On Monday, we went to the Computer Lab and we learned about xtramath. Xtramath is a website that helps you get extra math skills and build up your FACT POWER! It gives you problems and you have to put the answer in quickly, before ten seconds are up, so you can get a smiley face. You even get to race the teacher! We all tried our best, and Mrs. Freeman says we will use it in math workshop and we can even do it at home. You can do it anywhere you have a computer!
This blog is maintained as a collaboration between all students and myself. Each week, one student has the classroom job of "Blogger". That student helps decide subjects for our posts, as well as writing one blog post about him/herself.