
5 Starfish Math
Instructor: Simmons, M.
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Weekly Update 5/85/12
Due to PARCC testing, we will be having limited math classes this week. We will continue, however, with multiplication and division of decimals using a partner project. Students will still be coming home with homework (it will be review/practice).

PARCC Testing
Grade 5 will be taking the PARCC assessment next week. Testing sessions will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will have a modified schedule for the remainder of the day after testing is complete. Please eat a healthy breakfast and get plenty of sleep to start each day off right!!!

Field Trip on Thursday!
Our field trip to the Babcock Smith house will be on Thursday, May 4th. Please come to school with a bag lunch. No glass containers allowed! Be on time for school as we will be leaving promptly at 8:45.

Weekly Update 4/244/28
Welcome Back! Students look refreshed and energized and ready to conquer Quarter 4!! It is another busy week ahead.... This week in math we will continue to work on multiplication and division of fraction including on practice within word problems. Students are looking to identify key words that indicate which operation to use (multiplication or division). We will then shift toward multiplication and division of decimals. Students will be completing a mini project in school to show their understanding. An anchor chart titled, "Decimals" can be found at the bottom of this page in the folder labeled, "Anchor Charts". This is a copy of the chart your child has in their notebooks to support their learning. We will also be practicing for our upcoming PARCC assessment that will be administered in May.

Weekly Update 4/104/14
This week we will continue to multiply fractions and our focus will now be on simplifying fractions before we multiply. To see an example of this click here: http://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/f/simplify_before_multiplying.php. We will also be introduced to division of fractions, for example something such as 1/8 divided by 4/5. We will use the language "Keep, change, flip" when attempting to solve this problem. Report cards will go home on Thursday this week. There will be no school on Friday, April 14th. Our school vacation is April…

Quarter closes soon!
The last day of Quarter 3 will be this Friday, April 7th. Report cards are scheduled to go home with students on Thursday, April 13th. Students will begin Quarter 4 on Monday, April 10th.

Weekly Update 4/34/7
This week we have begun multiplication of fraction. You can see our class anchor charts below (scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on anchor charts). When presented with a problem, students are encouraged to use a model to solve the problem and asked to check their work using the standard algorithm. We will continue to practice multiplying fraction in class as well as solve word problems involving multiplication of…

MATH QUIZ!
Students will have a quiz on addition and subtraction of mixed number tomorrow! Review lessons 910 in Eureka math tonight!

Weekly Update 3/273/31
We will be wrapping up adding and subtracting mixed numbers this week. When adding mixed numbers students understand to add the whole number first, then the fraction. When subtracting mixed numbers, the number line has been a very useful tool. We continue to practice this concept and quiz at the end of this week. Next week we will begin multiplication and division of fraction.

MATH QUIZ!
There will be math quiz on MONDAY, MARCH 27th. A study guide was sent home today with students. The study guide includes the "big ideas" of the topics that will be on the quiz. Students should be expected to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike units, simplify fractions, find a common denominator, and solve word problems that involve fractions.

Field Trip on Monday!
Monday March 20th we will be visiting the Garde Arts Theater. Please remember your permission slip and $10!!

Weekly Update 3/133/17
This week we continue to work with fraction. Students will use the fraction model to add and subtract fractions. They will be introduced the "least common denominator (LCD) and use this to work with the algorithm to solve their equation. This week and next week students will continue to work on adding a subtracting mixed numbers as well as tackle fraction in word problems. View the quick video on Least Common Denominator…

Weekly Update 3/63/10
This week in class we will be subtracting fractions with unlike denominators using a fraction model. We will begin with differences of fractions smaller than 1, then working our way to differences of fractions greater than 1. This allows students practice with mixed numbers. We will continue to work on simplifying our answers. Lastly, we will work on addition and subtraction of fractions with like and unlike denominators in word problems. There is no school on Friday, March…

Weekly Update 2/273/3
We will be reviewing the following concepts this week before moving to subtracting fractions: equivalent fractions, adding fractions with like denominators on the number line, creating a sum of two equal fractions and writing it as a multiplication expression, and adding fractions within word problems. Students will have examples of all of this work in their interactive notebook. This will serve as the study guide for the quiz we will have on Wednesday, March 1,…

Weekly Update 2/222/25
This week in math students will add fractions with unlike units using the strategy of creating equivalent fractions. The strategy we are using is to create a fraction model. We will be working with fractions between 01 (lesson 3) and fractions between 12 (lesson 4). At the end of the week, we will move toward subtracting fractions. Be on the lookout for the parent newsletter to accompany these…

Weekly Update 2/132/17
We will be wrapping up division and heading into our fraction unit. We will begin with equivalent fractions this week as well as adding fractions with like denominators. A newsletter with important concepts, vocabulary and examples will be sent home this week as well.

Weekly Update
We will continue work in division with the partial quotient method. This week students will be dividing numbers with up to 4 digit dividends. It is an end of the year expectation that they understand and know how to do this using this method. The traditional method of long division will be instructed and emphasized in grade 6. Order of Operations (PEMDAS) has been introduced. PEMDAS will constantly spiral throughout the curriculum from now until the end of the year. At this point, our work on PEMDAS will include daily practice using the white boards in…

Starfish Classroom Updates
https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=4xsyXu9J8CAWeek of January 30th: Grades close Monday, January 30th Starfish students will have a team meeting to review classroom expectations. We are expecting that all students come to class prepared and ready to learn! Student planner, pencil, homework and necessary content materials are a must! No homework means a missing assignment form is sent home and is to be signed by a parent/guardian. Students should continue to follow the PBIS expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe! Math: Students will continue to practice division using the partial quotient method. This week they will divide numbers with a 2 digit dividend. Some helpful videos can be found here: Partial Quotient with 2 digit divisors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwNuEfKN3c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYyJoltfqtI&t=51s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdB7kO2lcK0 Students will also learn order of operations (PEMDAS) this week. Play this catchy tune to help remember the order: https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=4xsyXu9J8CA A helpful video on PEMDAS can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKLh2ksYBcY&feature=share You will find the order of operations anchor chart at the bottom of this…

Curriculum Update
Dear Families, This week in math our class will begin work on two week division unit. Within this unit, the students will learn how to break down increasingly large numbers using the division strategy of partial quotients. Partial Quotients will be new to most students in grade 5. Up to this point division has been exposed to all students. Further work in division requires that the students build on their multiplication skills and fully understand the function of the division process. Students will be asked to use the partial quotient method in both classwork as well as homework. This method is different than the standard algorithm (long division) that most of us adults are familiar with. Long division will be exposed to your child toward the end of our unit, but it is not expected to be taught to mastery until the end of grade 6. Because of this, I am providing several “parent helper” means for you to practice at home. Please have your child use only the partial quotients method at home. Practicing both methods can become extremely confusing to a student. 1. At the bottom of this webpage, I have a folders that say “Tips for Parents” and “Anchor Charts”. In these folders you will find information about partial quotients to use as a guide to help your child at home. 2. Below I have listed several videos that may better help understand the partial quotients method. Partial Quotients Video 1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Ti_7p_O9U Partial Quotients Video 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWstA8EZr2w Partial Quotients Video 3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeaaWdwtXkM Should you have any questions about partial quotients, as always feel free to contact me.…

Multiplication Practice will continue!
We have completed the first week back from vacation continuing to grow our skills with the standard algorithm for multiplying multidigit numbers. We will spend this week with continued practice. In class activities include work on whiteboards practicing the standard algorithm, partner work using an error analysis (trying to guess what "mistake" was made), and a zoo project. This work is necessary as a foundation for upcoming work with multiplication of decimals. After multiplication, we will move into division of whole number. This work, like multiplication, will act as a foundation for work with division of fractions and decimals later on in our fifth grade…

NWEA
We will be NWEA Math testing this week on Tuesday, January 10th and Friday, January 13th. Students should do their best to arrive ON TIME to school. They will be expected to bring a book to read to math class on these days.

Multiplication Practice!
It is EXTREMELY important that your child knows his/her multiplication facts! I have included many multiplication practice games on the side of this website. Please have your child practice their basic facts at home NIGHTLY!

Happy New Year!
Welcome back to school! It is hard to believe that we are already into January! A reminder as we begin our new year....come to class PREPARED!! Your daily planner, binders, and a pencil are a must!! In addition, if homework does not come back to school the next day, a missing assignment form is expected to be signed and returned.

Kindness Counts!
Today Starfish students participated in a team activity about kindness led by Mrs. Dean. They listened to the story, The Apple and the Envelope and generated a list of kind words to use with classmates. Please ask them to see their apple of kind words!
Files

 Anchor Charts
 View the anchor charts in your child's math notebook to support their learning.
 Homework Solutions
 Math Tips for Parents
Links

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rhode Island
The RI Department of Education explains the Common Core State Standards