Our essential questions that we have been exploring in Math are What does multiplication and division mean?, What is the importance of patterns in learning multiplication and division?, What strategies can be used to learn multiplication and division facts?, and How can multiplication and division facts with smaller numbers be applied to larger numbers? Students are also now applying their knowledge of multiplication and division to properties and equations. We stress that using models to represent these operations will help students more easily solve problems that require abstract reasoning.
Why are we teaching multiplication and division together? Because right from the start we can save time and tears. Who would turn down such a bargain? It’s like buying one and getting one free. Or getting two for the price (in this case, the effort) of one. Learning multiplication facts and immediately applying that knowledge to related division facts is one step on the path to success in getting the facts memorized. The sad fact that so many students do not have basic facts at their command speaks to the problems that exist. The way basic facts are traditionally taught obviously is not effective for a large number of students. Teaching multiplication and division together right from the start helps to avoid those erroneous paths of thinking. Some students inherently grasp this similarity in basic multiplication and division facts, and for them memorization is a breeze. The fact that many children do not possess this inherent ability has nothing to do with intelligence or lack thereof. It has to do with learning styles. Everybody can learn and learn well. That’s part of what makes teaching so exciting!
From pirates to the Colonial days in the New World! Students learned about the pirates who sailed the seas off the coast of South Carolina, including Anne Bonny, Stede Bonnet, and Blackbeard. We have also been exploring about the life in colonial SC, including Charles Town and the Backcountry. They learned and discussed how the colony affected the Cherokee and the conditions of slaves.
Motion makes all the things go ‘round’. When we think of motion, we often think of cars, bicycles, kids running, basketball bouncing and airplanes flying. But motion is so much more. It is important to our lives and impacts so many things that we do. Motion can be defined as the changing of location or position but it requires a force to cause that change. What is force? Force is just a fancy word for pushing or pulling. If you push on something or pull on something, then a force is being applied on it. Force makes things move or makes thing change their motion. Two natural forces are the force of gravity and magnetic forces. These two forces can be applied from a distance and direct contact between the objects is not required to function. Gravity produces a force that pulls objects toward each other, like a person toward the ground. It is the force that keeps the earth revolving around the sun and it is what pulls you towards the ground when you trip.
The purpose of the activity below was to provide students an opportunity to learn and apply science process skills and conceptual understanding of forces and motions, and work in cooperative groups to problem solve. They built a roller coaster and explored how energy can be stored as height. In the activity, they investigated how hills give roller coasters energy by experimenting with a model “bumper coaster.”
The Lowcountry fair featured activities highlighting aspects of the unique culture and heritage of the South Carolina Lowcountry and its historic underpinnings. The richness of our English, French, Native American, Scottish and Spanish heritage was the focus of events, performances, and vendors featuring the arts, food, and activities characteristic of the countries of our ancestors, as well as some that are a uniquely American blend of them all. Students had a great time experiencing what we have been studying in Social Studies this year!
Be sure to click on the video below from the field trip!
Students enjoyed going to support their fellow classmates in the USCB Production of Madagascar!
Click on video below to see how much fun we had at Rise Against Hunger! Students loved packing the meals for the less fortunate.