In reading this week we are starting a new unit, Digging up a Story. This week we will be focusing on the question: What do we learn when we look below Earth's surface? The vocabulary words we will be discussing are layer, fossil, and trickle. The skills we will focus on this week include: how to use a dictionary, fact and opinion, prefixes telling number (uni-, mon-, bi-, multi-, di-, tri-), and making connections (text-text, text-self, text-world).
In math this week we will be focusing on determining the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation (standard 3.OA.4). For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each: 8xn=48, 5=n÷3, 6x6=n. We will also be looking at applying the properties as strategies to multiply and divide (standard 3.OA.5). For example we know that because of the commutative property 3x4 is the same as 4x3. 3x5x2 can be found by 3x5=15, then 15x2=30, or by 5x2=10, they 3x10=30 (associative property). Knowing that 8x5=40 and 8x2=16, one can find 8x7 by using the distributive property 8x(5x2)=(8x5)+(8x2).
We just learned a new math game called Spiral. Have your kiddo teach it to you, it would be great to play at home as a family. Here are the rules:
1. Build a spiral game board with all 52 cards, face up. Start in the center and work your way out.
2. Players each select a place marker and place it in the center of the spiral on the very first card.
3. Each player takes a turn rolling the die. They must multiply the number of the die times the value of the card they are on. If they are correct, they may move ahead the number on the die. If incorrect, they many not move. Ace = 1, jack, queen, and king are 10 (harder version would be 11, 12)
4. If a player lands on the same card as another player, they may send the other player back to start.
5. The first player to make it past the last card wins. (or decide they have to land exactly on last card)
In science we are learning about the moon this week. We will be doing an investigation into the moon's size compared to Earth's size, as well as learning about craters. The kids will also be continuing their planet reports during writing. In social studies the kids are finishing up brochures all about Montana. We researched about Montana's physical geography, natural resources, and climate. The kids also included Montana's state bird, tree, and flower.
Have a great week!!