We have also been busy studying The Ancient Greek Civilization. The students were very excited to learn about some of the famous battles the Ancient Greeks fought in like the battle of Thermopylae and the battle of Marathon. Ask your child what they know about the ancient Greeks and the Spartan soldiers. We have now begun reading some Greek Myths and are learning how the Ancient Greeks used these stories to explain things in nature.
In math we are now working on our double digit addition and subtraction and will be moving into larger numbers in the near future. We have been learning several different strategies to help us solve these trickier problems. So far we have learned the arrow way, using number lines, and Place Value Charts (or HTO as we have been calling it in class). We are also now beginning to learn the vertical method (aka the old fashioned way) where you make or borrow from the tens place. It is not necessary for them to know how to use all of these strategies but the purpose of learning so many different ways is so that all students find one that they understand and can use to solve the equations. They also help the students to better understand what is happening to the numbers when they are being added and subtracted and not just memorize an algorithm or formula. They have gotten very good at explaining their thinking and the steps they are taking to solve an equation. If your child needs some extra practice have them go to the student tab and click on IXL. They can select their grade level and scroll down to the Addition and subtraction sections and click on a skill to practice. IXL will limit them to 20 question per day as we don't have a paid subscription but 20 problems should be enough practice for one day. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a Great Weekend!!