It’s time for our daily bar modeling example. Today we looked at 2 coin values. This was one of the more difficult bar modeling set ups we have attempted thus far. It was SO exciting to see how students lit up as they began to figure out how to tackle the problem.
1- identify all key values in the problem
2- create the initial bars and label with all important information from the problem
3- analyze the bars and the given information
4- how does this information help me to figure out the parts that I don’t know?
5- How can finding this information help me to determine the answer to the problem.
6- USE the information given to find small pieces
7- check, check and check again
8- continue to label the bars to show the relationships of the numbers.
The last few lessons we have been focusing our efforts on the partial product method for multiplication. This method has students multiply the place value numbers each individually vs. the straight numbers as we seen done in the traditional method. Below is an example of the same problem using both methods. This week students are working to master 1 method that they feel strongest with in order to set them up for success.
Each of these solutions answers the initial question. Students used number strategies with bar models to show what they knew about the ages of Amy, Erica and Don. They were then able to make connections between the numbers in order to determine Don’s age. Ask your child to help you go through each of these thinking patterns
Get ready to have fun while working with bar models. Bar modeling gives students a visual representation of the problem in order to find a way to begin tackling it using higher level thinking skills. This app provides opportunities for students to view a video related to each type of question and to try out the manipulatives provided within the app. *This app does cost $9.99 for the full download* The app is absolutely NOT required, I am simply letting you know what we will be using in class.
Mind Snacks brings us U.S Geography up-close and personal. They combine our Social Studies unit in U.S Regions with our Science curriculum covering landforms. This is a fun and interactive way to learn about the states around us.
I have also loaded a study guide onto an app called Study Blue. This app allows me to create flashcards with photos and definitions for students to use when learning the various landforms that make up the United States.
In our class we are using a Daily 5 format with a few twists to best suite our class needs. Students have required assignments during the week that are mixed in with choice activities in one of 5 areas: Read-to-Self, Read-to-Someone, Word Work, Writing, and Listen-to-Reading.
|1Mrs. Horton out for training–Picture Day||2||3Band Starts||4|
|7||8Bowen Conference 8:15||9||10Lunev Conference 4pm||11No School for Students|
|14Columbus Day No School||15Mrs. Horton out for training||16Lima Conference 8:15||17Borgese Conference 4pmDeNicola Conference 4:25
**iPads in the class**
|21||22Garcia Conference 8:15
**1st day to BYOD**
|23DeMatos Conference 4pmDevon Conference 4:25||24Calverley Conference 4pm
|28||29½ Day for StudentsRalston Conference 8:15
|30||31Halloween Parade 9:30am
It’s time to work on Bar Modeling!!! YEAH!!! What is Bar Modeling you may ask?? It’s looking at a problem using bars to represent the numbers and their relationship to one another. We will be starting with basic problems and then leveling up to more challenging problems as students become more familiar with the techniques. Bar MOdeling is for EVERY student. This is a way to concretely see number relationships in order to apply these strategies as they advance through mathematics (It’s used very frequently at Morse Pond).
Here are a few videos to help get you acquainted with the Bar Modeling strategy.