As part of our Math class, we visited the cooking lab this week and cooked up YUMMY CINNAMON MUFFINS. I was amazed at how well everyone worked and how well everything turned out. I can also tell you, everyone does know how to clean up in a kitchen after the cooking is over. We complete the snack with a strawberry-banana smoothie. The pictures today come from our time in the lab. We will do this once more as part of our fractions unit and again at the end of the year for a very special year end party.
One big take-away from the conferences was some discussions about math. ISB does not run a leveled math program as a school. This is left up to the teacher to do in the way of personalized learning. As I talked with a lot of you, there were comments about how they are performing and how their math is progressing. For the most part I am very pleased. There were two areas that were covered frequently with quite a few parents. This year is the final time for students to really perfect their multiplication tables and understand how to use
- As an example - Cora and Gemma were making bead necklaces. Gemma made 39 more than Cora. If Cora made 106 how many did Gemma make?
- If each necklace had 104 beads in it, how many beads were used by each girl?
- Cora was able to sell her necklaces for $14 and Gemma for $10 more than Cora. Who made the most money and how much more than the other?
Our final project in the unit is to complete a design for something that is inspired by nature. We have looked at over 35 examples and hopefully these will set the stage for some really original ideas from the students. At the end of this, students will present their ideas. I am hoping to have the present to you at home as well as students here at school. More on this later.
We should complete our second Book Club this week and it has been interesting to see how students both react and learn with a historical fiction book. While I do believe that everyone has tried their hardest, there are definitely those really enjoying the book and others putting up with it since it is an assignment for the reading class. Either way, I do believe everyone continues to learn about reading.