Last week was a fun-filled week of school-wide math mania! Our Early Childhood explorers focused on shapes, counting, numbers, sequencing, patterns, and symmetry. Lower School adventurers were Math Olympiads, consumers in a cupcake bakery using currency within a budget, researchers of famous mathematicians, and engineers. Middle school learners worked used think aloud problem solving to strategize ways to dissect word problems.
In the U.S. 4th and 5th grade we celebrated math week. In 4th, the students created Fraction Mosaic art. They used colorful scraps of paper to create a design. They found the sum of all pieces used to know the denominator for each fraction and then expressed the number of each color used as a fraction of the whole amount. After, they reflected on their art and the intended effect on their audience, as well as their understanding of fractions.
In 5th, students created a quilt square for a class fraction quilt. Each student was given a particular fraction, 3/4 or 1/16 as examples. They applied these fractions to the design to determine how many triangles to color using red, and how many should be blue. Students practiced finding fractions of a whole number, and they considered how denominators relate to divisors in division.
We also played Krypto, a game in which 5 numbers are drawn from a deck. These 5 numbers have to be used once in an expression to equal a sixth number drawn from the deck, the Krypto number, by using the order of operations. It was challenging at first, but by Friday, many students began developing strategies and seeing connections between numbers.
Important skills in life: math, teamwork, and having fun. Look at these 3rd and 4th graders excel at it all!