# Time for a Math Test

It’s that time again . . . unit 7 math test.  Today we completed a review in class of the material on tomorrow’s test.  Unit 7 focused on fractions.  To prepare for a math test we need to PRACTICE.  Students have the OPPORTUNITY to practice for their test and earn bonus points (5 points!).  They have two options to practice:

1. Make a practice test with 20 problems (Must contain a variety of problems).  The mathboxes and journal pages are a great place to find math problems for a practice test.  Students must complete the practice test and return it tomorrow to receive the bonus points.

2. Play Jeopardy and keep track of your work on a 4×4 grid.  See directions below.

Jeopardy Game Directions:

• Open file by clicking on the words Jeopardy above
• Click “Play slideshow from beginning”
• Once you are at the game board, choose a place to begin and click on it.  You may get a warning (Security Alert-Macro) . . . the file is fine.  You can click on “enable content” or try to X out of the box.  The game should be ready to go!
• Read question and answer on your game board (5 x 5 grid).  Remember to show all your work-not just answer.  Use back if you need more room.
• To reveal the answer on the computer click anywhere in the question box and the answer will show up on top.
• Click on the HOUSE button to return to the game board and select another question.  Questions already answered should be highlighted a different color.
• HAVE FUN!!!!

# March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Welcome Spring!!!!  Even though the first day of spring isn’t until Friday . . . we have enjoyed the warm weather.

We are still working on inferring in reading.  Today we practiced inferring the meaning of subheadings in nonfiction.  The kids got the hand of this skill quickly today.  We also worked on questioning in our daybooks this week.  We have 5 different daybook groups and I have been doing lots of juggling this week during our reader’s workshop.

We have started a new science unit:  Land and Water.  Teams of students will use stream tables to learn how water shapes land and how land can influence the path of waterways.  We will change different variables throughout our exploration of earth science.

In writing we finished our Powerpoint presentations yesterday.  THEY ARE AMAZING!!!  Today and tomorrow we will be working on a NECAP constructed response practice problem.

In math we continue to learn about fractions.  Yesterday we explored the fraction/decimal equivilants.  Today we began learning how to compare and order fractions.  We learned that comparing fractions to 1/2 is a useful strategy.  We also learned that if we are ordering fractions with the same denominator, we order them based on the numerator.  If the denominators are the same, but the numerators are different  . . . we know that the bigger the denominator the SMALLER the fraction.  This can be a challenging skill for kids.

Thank you for sharing your children with me.