We read Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman. This is a story about a boy and his classmates who are deaf. They are going on a field trip to a concert. Why would a group of non-hearing children go to a concert? We discovered that people who cannot hear can use their sense of touch to feel the music. Ask your child what the teacher in the story brought for the students to help them feel the vibrations at the concert.
In order for our class to better understand how the children could feel the music, we used triangles on a string to feel the vibrations from the sounds on our fingertips.
You can do a sound experiment at home:
- Find a book with a hard cover.
- Stretch a rubber band around the book, down the middle.
- Put two pencils under the band, one at each end.
- Pluck the band to make a sound.
- Try moving the pencils closer together. Does the sound change?
- Try plucking the band with a pick. Use a flat object. Does the sound change?
Our math focus skill is subtracting 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping. We are learning that when you subtract 3-digit numbers, first subtract the ones, the tens next, and finally the hundreds. It takes practice and focus to answer the problems correctly. Students who know their subtraction facts are having a much easier time with the math. If you want to have homework without tears, it is important that your child learn these math facts and stay sharp with this skill.