I hope that everyone enjoyed a warm and restful break! Second term will be a busy one, and I'd like to provide you with some of the themes/activities we will be working on.
VTT's Yachad theme this month is "Healthy Living". You can support this by emphasizing healthy eating and exercise at home. Having your child(ren) assist in planning, buying groceries for, and preparing healthy meals is a great way to teach healthy eating. You can ensure that your child gets plenty of exercise by engaging in whole-family activities (walking, jogging, biking, basketball, swimming, skiing, etc). Getting enough sleep and staying home when sick are also ways to reinforce healthy living.
In language arts we are finishing up our Matilda novel before moving on to lit circles and poetry. We will focus on information and story writing with attention to detail and conventions. Daily handwriting lessons will also continue.
In social studies, the focus is on First Nations (emphasis on coastal aboriginals), and in science we will explore weather.
If you have expertise in any of the above-mentioned units, please let me know!
The FSA exams are also just around the corner with language arts and mathematics components. The school will provide more information regarding these exams shortly.
The next optional Caribou contest will be taking place Wednesday January 14th, 2015. The next interactive question will be Sudoku, which your child can practice now on the games page. There will not be a history question this time around. Morah Lisa is kindly supervising the contest, which will take place during lunch hour on the 14th. Please log on to the Brock University Caribou website to review past questions. Students who have shown interest will be bringing home their access codes by tomorrow.
Here’s the link to the Caribou Test site - https://www.cariboutests.com
In math we will be continuing to focus on multiplication. Students are expected to know their times tables to 9X9 by heart, so additional practice at home is encouraged. Please click on the "websites" tab of my blog for useful resources. We will learn multiplication to 2 digits by 1 digit. We will then move on to division of whole numbers. We will explore long division with and without remainders.
Math Drills for Multiplication
Students will be practicing their multiplication facts 3 times a week by doing math drills. Each drill contains 16 problems. We will begin with the 1 times tables and once a student successfully completes 16 questions within one minute they can go on to the 2 times tables and so on. Once a student has mastered each set of facts, they can take the mixed drills and challenge drills.
I strongly encourage student’s study their multiplication as often as possible.
Try this game!
The Rules: Each player takes turns rolling 3 dice. First to break 200 (or 500, etc.) wins. On your turn, you get to choose two dice to add together, then you multiply the sum by the final die. That’s your score for that turn.
For example, I roll a 3, a 4, and a 6 on my turn. I could either do (3+4) times 6 for 42 points, OR (3+6) times 4 for 36 points, OR (4+6) times 3 for 30 points. I’ll take the 42 points.
I spent some time playing this the other day and I saw that (1) it was genuinely fun, and (2) it gives you almost all the multiplication practice you could ask for. In fact, it gives even more, because the choice of which dice to add and which to multiply reveals some interesting structure of numbers!