Monday, November 30, 2015

Checking Division

          We have just about wrapped up our multiplication and division module.  However, I did want to post another resource here that matches an anchor chart in our classroom.  These are the steps that you can use to check your division.

I hope that this was helpful :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Factor Rainbows

          When finding the factors of a number we look for the numbers that can be multiplied together to create that number.  We have been using what I call a "Factor Rainbow" to keep our answers organized.  You can use skip counting or division to help you find your factors.

Creating a Factor Rainbow:
1. Start with the number (24) you are looking for times 1, (e.g. 1 x 24 in above example) and record the factors and connect with an arch/rainbow.
 2. Counting by ones go to the next number (2) and then skip count by that number to find out if you can arrive at the number you are looking for (24). If you do, record the two factors and connect with an arch/rainbow.
3. Counting by ones go to the next number (3) and repeat the steps.
4. You can stop checking when there are no more whole numbers between the factor arches. For example after I check five in the above example I can stop because there are no whole numbers between 5 and 6 and 6 is already on the rainbow. J

***You can also use division to help you.  Here’s how, use the standard algorithm.  If you have a remainder then that number is NOT a factor!!!  


          Back on November 2nd we began dividing using the standard algorithm (AKA long division).  Parents you are going to love, because this is the strategy that you are familiar with, however, it may be challenging for the students because unlike the multiplication strategies it is not a conceptual strategy.  In the student's math journal we put an entry color coding the steps.  I am hopeful that this colorful visual representation will help with the memorization of the steps.  Below you will see my entry.

          This will take some time for the students.  The best advice repeated practice.  You can print worksheets with 1-digit divisors and 2-, 3-, or 4-digit dividends for your child to practice.  Or you can make it a game by rolling dot cubes (dice) or flipping playing cards to create the problems.  Making it a game will be more fun and your child will stay engaged longer :-)

Moving . . .

         OK, so I was so excited to begin blogging again . . . and then we sold our house.  Which was a HUGE blessing.  However, we had lived in the same house for ten and a half years and had accumulated a LOT of stuff!!!  So it has been a little crazy trying to pack, teach every day, move, teach every day, unpack, and did I mention still teach every day?!?

          Bill, Audrey (the world's greatest dog), and I are getting settled and hopefully I am back (for real this time).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

I'm Back!

          I was on a very long hiatus, but now I'm back!  I would like to use this as a place to dig into our new math curriculum.  This year my district has adopted a "new" math, Duval Math (a combination of Engage New York and Eureka Math).  These are great curricula, however, as with anything new change is often seen as bad.

There are many great aspects of our "new" math.  Please join me in embracing the change.
          Also, be on the look out for tips to help your child be successful this year!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Questionnaire

         I am linking up with Fabulous in First to take part in her Christmas Questionnaire, only a few days late.  I'm not sure what's more fun answering the questions or reading others' responses.

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog? 
I am a hot chocolate person all the way!  For the last few years my husband and I have received the flavored hot chocolates and boy are they yummy!!!  I think my all time favorite is the French Vanilla.  If you see it it's a must try!
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree? 
Santa visits at my in-laws (Bill and I are still waiting for our turn) and apparently he doesn't wrap the gifts.  Although growing up everything was wrapped and I think it was all from Santa, if my memory is correct.
Colored lights or white? 
YES!  I love both.  I like the white lights outside and the colored lights on the tree.  Bill prefers the white and since I don't put them up . . . we compromise :)

When do you decorate?
Our six month wedding anniversary was on December 5th so this was our tradition the first year.  We have done the day after Thanksgiving a few times too.

Real or Fake Tree? 
REAL!  I love the smell and don't mind the mess, plus it's what I grew up with as a child.

What Tops Your Tree?
A star. 

Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
We have always, for as long as I can remember, celebrated Christmas Eve with my mom's family.  Now that I am married this is "my family's" day.  It's rushed and crazy but I love it!
Do you remember your favorite gift as a child? 
Apparently my Cricket doll was the hit of 1986.  I don't totally remember the event but I've seen the video.

Do prefer giving or receiving? 
BOTH.  I love finding that perfect gift for everyone on the list but it also melts my heart to know that others can find that "perfect" gift for me too without a list.

What is your favorite Christmas song? 
I have two.  I love I'll be Home for Christmas and Christmas Shoes.  Both are sad, but they tug at my heart and I'm a sucker for that stuff.

Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum? 

I could take 'em or leave 'em.  The traditional candy canes, yuck!  But they have so many new flavors some of them I like :)
  Favorite Christmas Movie? 
I love Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Polar Express.

Do you shop online or at stores?
We do both.  I love the convenience and lack of lines online but the touching and seeing of the stores.
Photo Cards, Letter or Store Bought Card?
We don't send cards.  I know I know ten Christmases together and no cards.  Every year we say "next year" maybe the 11th time will be the charm.  I do love picture cards or store bought cards with a small note.  NOT the letter of the year's events, dude shouldn't I have been aware of all that stuff as it happened.
        I'm not sure what's more fun answering the questions or reading others' responses. If you haven't had a chance to participate head over there now!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Literacy Pumpkin

       My school has had a literacy pumpkin patch for the past two years.  Each year my class and I choose a book that we have loved as a read aloud to transform into our literacy pumpkin.  This year we chose to take our little pumpkin and transform it into the one and only Fako Mustacho from the SSYRA book Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger.

         I know I have said this a bajillion times but if you haven't read this book you must!  Your kiddos will thoroughly enjoy it.  Happy reading!!!