Fractions, Decimals, & Percents (Nov & Dec)

During November, we explored fractions, and their use in the "real" world.  We compared, ordered, added, subtracted, and renamed fractions, mixed numbers, and improper fractions.

Now that it is December, we're currently working on connecting fractions and decimals.  Fractions are really just another way to name decimals, and we've discovered that if you take any fraction and divide the numerator by the denominator, you get a decimal.  Also, we've learned decimal place value, converting decimals to fractions, expanded form, and word form.  We'll continue our decimal & fraction unit by comparing and ordering fractions, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, and turning decimals into percents.




Computation & Intro to Fractions (October)

We spent most of October mastering place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division concepts.  At this point, each student should be able to:
*round numbers
*represent numbers in multiple forms (expanded, word, standard, exponent, square roots, illustrations, etc)
*read and write large numbers
*compare and order large numbers
*add and subtract large numbers
*multiply 2 and 3-digit numbers
*divide large numbers by single-digit divisors
*estimate
*list factors and multiples
*select an operation to solve a problem
*explain their logic using illustrations, numbers, and words


Although we'll continue to practice the skills mentioned above, we're now studying fractions.  We'll spend the remainder of the month looking at fraction basics (numerators, denominators, improper fractions, equivalent fractions, simplest form, and mixed numbers).

Next month we'll dig deeper into fraction concepts.


Problem Solving (September)

In September, we'll learn basic problem solving strategies.  We'll be placing special emphasis on evaluating our logic and explain our ideas clearly so others can understand.  There are often many ways to solve a problem, and great math students can recognize multiple approaches and evaluate the usefulness of each one.  Often, our first approach is effective, not not the most efficient.  So, we'll be practicing looking at problems from multiple perspectives. 

In mid-September, we'll also begin studying place value and whole number operations.  It's important that we master these skills before we move onto more complex topics (fractions, decimals, probability, and geometry).