*Kids are expected to show work. An attempt at all problems assigned is necessary. They have their math notebooks to assist them. I always give time at the end of the day to start homework in case the kids have questions.
The students are working on multiplying fractions! They love it because you DON'T NEED COMMON DENOMINATORS! During this unit students will:
- Multiply whole numbers by fractions and determine if the product will be greater, less than, or equal to the whole number being multiplies.
- Multiply fractions by fractions and model how to do so using pictures
- Multiply mixed numbers
- Compare factors to products: will the product be greater, less, or equal to the factors?
- Solve real world problems that include addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions.
The kids' favorite math game that they learned way back in chapter one is Name that Number. It's a great game for developing critical thinking, number sense, and a command of the order of operations.
How to Play:
- Deck of cards
- Play with the number cards for a less challenging game using the Ace as zero and the Jack as one.
- Play with all the cards for a more challenging game using the Ace as zero, Jack as one, Queen as 11 and King as 12.
- Each player receives five cards.
- From the deck turn over the top card - this card is your target.
- Using the five cards your given, use the order of operations to reach your target. You receive five points if you use all five cards, four if you use four cards, three points for three cards etc.
- Typically you can always find a way with all five cards using exponents, parenthesis, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.