This week in math we learned about rectangular arrays and began to partition 2-D and 3-D shapes into halves. We learned that both parts must be equal in order to be half. Students should be able to make a rectangle out of squares and describe it as shown in the image. Students have learned that a rectangle is a geometric shape having 4 sides and 4 right angles. Therefore, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.
Your child heard about the Oregon Trail, a path through the wilderness that settlers followed that began in Missouri and ended in the Oregon Territory. Show your child these states on a U.S. map, and discuss how these areas have changed since the 1800s. Ask your child to share with you what s/he remembers about the story we read about the Morgan family and their difficulties on the Oregon Trail. Ask questions to encourage your child to use the vocabulary learned at school.