In addition we learned about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Students learned that MLK believed that change could happen through peaceful marches, speeches, and sit-ins. He did not want people to use violence to promote change. We watched a video of his “I Have a Dream.” speech from 1963. We discussed what MLK meant when he said “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged on the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Ask your child what he or she does to treat others with equality.
In math we are practicing adding two and three-digit numbers with regrouping. We are using drawings to represent the composition when adding a two-digit addend to a three-digit addend. The goal of drawing place value modules is to help students understand the quantities involved in written addition. As this understanding deepens, students will no longer need to use models; they will be able to solve with numbers alone. Students need to demonstrate proficiency in this standard by explaining why they composed a ten using place value language. For example in the addition sentence 26 + 147. The student would write the problem vertically. Then explain that the numbers are lined up correctly because the 7 ones and 6 ones are vertically aligned. The 4 tens and 2 tens are lined up in the tens place. Also, the one hundred is in the hundreds place. Then, students draw the model on a place value chart showing the ones in the ones place, the tens in the tens column, and the hundreds in the hundreds place. Encourage your child to use place value language when working on math problems.
Just a reminder that we have a holiday on Monday, January 19 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. School resumes on Tuesday.