Hands-On Experiences

October 10, 2015 at 9:00 am (MATH, Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The rain may have kept us out of school, but it did help us segue into our next topic . . .  erosion.  We’ve found another smash hit article via KidBiz to explore this topic, and we’re building our vocabulary on this subject with the help of Discovery Education as well.  Next week tends to be messy as we will be eroding the classroom.  Before I get ahead of myself, as I often tend to do, let’s pump the brakes and give our faithful viewers insight on the latest our young minds have to offer.

It was a short week indeed, but still action packed.  The crew partnered once more to reflect on the cause and effect relationship between human kind and ecosystems.  Excellent discussion and I do hope you’ll follow our Aurasma channel (see earlier posts on how to follow or check the progress folder cover) to see and hear the reports these kids created.

What better way to bring the week to a close than to rip through another Fraction Friday with food.  Theses mathematicians grouped M&M’s by color, created number lines for each color given, labeled the position, and then came up with facts based on their data.  For instance, 8/12 of M&M’s are blue.  Looking at the number line I can tell that 8/12 is greater the 6/12 (1/2) by 2/12 or 1/6.  They also decomposed fractions: I can take my blue M&M’s of 8/12 and break them into groups to create equations, 8/12 = 2/12 +4/12 + 2/12.  I know that 8/12 is closer to one whole 12/12 because it is only 4 jumps from it on a number line.  Once they had a number line created with a matching fact, then it was time to put that color to real use, scarf it down.

Hover over the pics to see captions, click on them to get a closer look.  We will be back with more.  Stay tuned.



  1. Anonymous said,

    Did the M&M’s survive to educate others?

  2. tnaznav said,

    Not so much, once they made one number line model it was down the hatch.

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