“Factor Captor” is an engaging game to support the learners mastery of factors for a given number. During the game, one hears multiplication equations being practiced for various products which helps with automaticity of basic facts. This is a skill necessary for delving deeper into mathematics. Of course, whenever students are using games to enhance learning of concepts and skill development, they are excited and focused.
In math, students have been learning about coordinates and coordinate grids. To review how to find and create points on a coordinate grid, students have been playing a battleship like game, called “Hidden Treasure.” There are two players. Each student has a coordinate grid. Each student marks a point on the grid and keeps it hidden from the other player. They take turns going back and forth to guess where the other’s point has been placed. Hidden Treasure has been a great way to reinforce the order the coordinates are said (x, y; or you have to crawl before you climb).
There’s nothing better than playing a great game to reinforce and strengthen math skills. From Yahtzee to 24, the students were actively applying operational and strategic skills as they played with their chosen groups.
In math, students have been practicing collecting and analyzing data. Students have been collecting statistics about the game “Finish First,” with the end goal of analyzing the data to understand if it is a fair game. The rules of finish first are simple. There are two players, and one deck of cards with just cards numbered 4-9. Players decide who will go first. They will always go first. The first player draws the top card off of the deck, and then the second player draws the next card. Players continue in this patter and continue adding the sums of the cards. The winner is the player who’s sum of the cards is 21 or larger. Students keep statistics as to whether the first player or second player wins more, and throughout the week will play the game at least 50 times. Below are pictures of the students playing and collecting their game data.
Students continued to work on collecting and analyzing data. They measured the time it took for them to react to a paper being dropped and recorded their reaction times (in seconds) for their left and right hand. They repeated this ten times for each hand. Afterward, they found the minimum, maximum, mode, range, median and mean of their data. We then created a line plot with the data, and analyzed it as a class. Is there a correlation to reaction time with your right hand if you are right handed? On average, did girls or boys have faster reaction times? What is the class average for right and left handed reaction times? Below are some pictures of our investigation.
Students continued to dive deeper into their explorations about living systems. After conducting an experiment with celery stalks (to see how water is transported through the system), students took on the task of finding out how water, sugar and nutrients are carried in leaves. They found a variety of different leaves, and then classified these leaves based on their “veins”, which contained the xylem and phloem. Below is a picture of some examples of the different classifications students found and sorted.
One important aspect of reading is being able to talk about one’s reading. This week, students have begun building a literary connection with a partner, where they discuss their reading. Their partner will serve as a means of deepening their understanding of their texts, as well as someone to help keep them guided on obtaining their goals.Below is an anchor chart which guided our discussions this week.
We have have been very busy in 5C this week. While students have been using Edmodo as a digital space to share and demonstrate their learning for the past few weeks, this week students also started to use a new tool; Educreations. Students are able to use this tool to create lessons about ideas, definitions, or concepts, which in turn can be viewed by other students. 5C students learned about divisibility rules, and then demonstrated their understanding of each rule by creating a lesson. Students needed to give a definition and examples for the rule they chose. They then posted their lesson into the same Edmodo post, allowing all students and parents, to access their lessons, should we need assistance with any rules. Please check them out on Edmodo!
In math, students also explored the prime numbers up to 100.