We finished Chapter 4 at the end of 2nd Quarter. Students reviewed Algebra tiles and writing expressions. We also spent some time looking at positive and negative tiles and connecting the tiles back to our understanding of integers from earlier in the year. Many students enjoyed working with the manipulatives as we discussed more complex expressions.
This quarter will go quickly as will Chapter 5. We will begin Chapter 5 by revisiting Proportional Relationships, Part-Whole Relationships and exploring the ideas behind percent off and discounts at stores. Students will then take a closer look at probability, games of chance, and compound events before starting a new problem solving process called the 5-D process. This process is a bit time-consuming but important to help students develop a greater number sense. Initially students will be completing a lot of “guess and check” as their strategy to solve problems, but quickly they will begin to link their understanding of variables and algebra from Chapter 4 into their problem solving process. Please encourage your child to use the methods they are learning and school and trust that we are not going to make them “Guess & Check” for the rest of their lives.
Chapter 6 will again refocus on Algebra Tiles as we bring back ideas from Chapter 4. Students will begin to look at connections between tiles and solving for the value a variable. Finally we will get into solving equations using the step-by-step problem solving pulling together understanding from the previous five chapters of CC2.
Odds & Ends:
We know that math looks very different then when we were kids and at times, it becomes frustrating to “not know” how to help your student. Please know that we are looking at many different strategies because math, like clothing, is not a “one-size fits all” mentality. Each student brings different backgrounds, strengths, and understanding into the classroom which also means their thinking and problem solving might look different. If your child is stuck, feel free to give them a strategy - just make sure they you have discussed it so they can show us how they found their answer. Also, please ask your child to show you some of the new strategies and ideas that they have learned!
CPM also provides an online textbook to students. The textbook offers homework help on all math homework. Students must enroll at: https://enroll.cpm.org (PIN: NGR0P)
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