Welcome to Johnny's Math Class!

December 13, 2017

We've been working hard on our fraction unit! Skills that students should have mastered at this point are adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, multiplying and simplifying fractions. From here we will continue these skills and also revisit decimals. We will be studying the ways that these numerical representations are connected and how to determine their values, relative to each other.

As I look toward the rest of the year I anticipate our schedule will go something like this:

December: Fractions/Decimals

January: Fractions/Decimals/Percents

February: Collecting and Displaying Data

March: Measurement and Geometry

April: Probability

May: Integers, Graphs and Functions

October 17, 2017

Most students are doing well with the place value targets. A few continue to practice rounding. For some reason, this skill is always very difficult for some students to master. We've been also diving into multiplication review and are getting ready to review long division. This unit often requires a few weeks of review as long division can be tricky!

September 27, 2017

We have kicked off the year with our place value unit. For each unit this year I will provide the major "I can" statements that make clear what students need to be able to do by the end of the unit. For the first unit our targets are:

We began with a pre-test and are moving forward practicing these skills as needed.

What about homework?

Some nights there will be worksheets for students to practice the skills we've learned. Other nights you'll see "20 minutes" written in the planner. These nights are perfect for practicing math facts, using Khan Academy or testing your child on the targets above. Give your son or daughter a multiplication problem and ask for an explanation of how they solved it. Just computing an answer doesn't mean a target is mastered. The goal is always

We've been working hard on our fraction unit! Skills that students should have mastered at this point are adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, multiplying and simplifying fractions. From here we will continue these skills and also revisit decimals. We will be studying the ways that these numerical representations are connected and how to determine their values, relative to each other.

As I look toward the rest of the year I anticipate our schedule will go something like this:

December: Fractions/Decimals

January: Fractions/Decimals/Percents

February: Collecting and Displaying Data

March: Measurement and Geometry

April: Probability

May: Integers, Graphs and Functions

October 17, 2017

Most students are doing well with the place value targets. A few continue to practice rounding. For some reason, this skill is always very difficult for some students to master. We've been also diving into multiplication review and are getting ready to review long division. This unit often requires a few weeks of review as long division can be tricky!

September 27, 2017

We have kicked off the year with our place value unit. For each unit this year I will provide the major "I can" statements that make clear what students need to be able to do by the end of the unit. For the first unit our targets are:

- I can explain the relationship between any two place values using the powers of 10.
- I can explain patterns when multiplying a number by powers of 10.
- I can explain patterns when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of ten.

We began with a pre-test and are moving forward practicing these skills as needed.

What about homework?

Some nights there will be worksheets for students to practice the skills we've learned. Other nights you'll see "20 minutes" written in the planner. These nights are perfect for practicing math facts, using Khan Academy or testing your child on the targets above. Give your son or daughter a multiplication problem and ask for an explanation of how they solved it. Just computing an answer doesn't mean a target is mastered. The goal is always

__understanding__and each mistake is an opportunity to understand the concepts more fully.