This week in math, the students have started learning about the meaning of multiplication by showing it as repeated addition as well as making arrays to solve for a problem. As we progress through the lessons, the students will be taking timed multiplication tests. They have an option to do a 1-minute, 20 problem test online or a 3-minute, 60 problem test on paper. It's their choice. The reward for this is a banana split party towards the end of January. Each multiple mastered equals a bonus topping for their banana split. x0's-1's = a bowl, x2's = a spoon, x5's = banana, x10's = ice cream, x3's = caramel topping, x4's = strawberry topping, x6's = whipped cream, x7's = cherry, x8's chopped nuts, x9's cookie, x11's = chocolate syrup, x12's = prize. The students DO NOT have to take everything they earned on their banana split, they just can't take something they didn't earn. A note was sent home today explaining this. Practice at home is ALWAYS welcome on my "Multiplication Magician" website that the students are familiar with.
In reading next week, we will be reading a nonfiction story titled Volcanoes: Nature's Incredible Fireworks. Information on this story can be found on the Family Times sheet that goes home every Friday.
Blog posts have been getting completed on a topic this week titled "Three things I want for Christmas that don't cost money." Leave a comment for your child. I know they enjoy hearing from an outside audience!
In science, we have been studying about soil, fossils, and the water cycle. These all have to do with Earth science. We will continue with this next week with fast and slow changes to Earth's surface by discussing weathering and erosion and the effects they have on the world around us.
Have an awesome weekend. Get outside and enjoy the weather!