Week of October 11:
Today students altered our original giant bubble recipe trying to answer the question, "What ingredient will make the bubbles larger?" Some of the students felt more soap would do the trick, while others thought more cornstarch was needed. As a class we split into two groups; one group changed one variable adding quadruple the amount of soap, and the second group added quadruple the amount of cornstarch. Results are pending and we'll let you know our results next week. Predictions will be made on Thursday and we will attempt to measure our largest bubbles. Stay tuned...
We are continuing to memorize our multiplication facts and any work you can do with your child at home would be greatly appreciated. We have a mastery chart here at school and are working on a group of facts each week or two using YouTube videos, bal-a-vis-x balls, and chanting memorization skills. Currently most students are working on mastery of 3's or 4's, but some are already working on their 6's. These skills are essential tools allowing students to have fluency in their mathematical thinking as they think about number relationships and begin working with larger numbers.
I look forward to meeting with you all next week during parent/teacher conferences. You should have received a notification in the mail. If you need to change your day or time, please call Lisa Blair and she can reschedule for you.