TURNING SCHOLARS INTO MATHEMATICIANS!
Odyssey used Singapore math curriculum. Click here for information. Singapore math is based on conceptual understanding of how numbers work together. Students will use mental math and bar models to solve complex mathematical problems.
Math homework consists of games, fact fluency practice, and skill review. Scholars have math homework 4 nights a week. For two nights, scholars will play a math game with a parent, sibling, friend, etc. for 10-15 minutes. One night a week scholars will work on their math facts fluency with a timed test (called a Sprint), flashcards or online games. For one night a week scholars will practice their math facts using a fact fluency timed test. When they complete their test, they will graph their score on a line graph.
For links to online games click here.
WHAT WE ARE LEARNING!
All scholars are responsible for knowing their math facts. They should be practicing every night. It is essential that they are fluent with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts in order to be successful in math.
Scholars have been using multiplication properties throughout their school career, now they will learn the mathematical terms for each and will learn when and why to use them to help solve multiplication problems.
Factors and Multiples
Scholars will learn to find factors and multiples as well as to use them to help solve multiplication and division problems.
Scholars will learn to order, simplify, find equivalent fractions, and to add and subtract fractions.
See a mathematical way to convert fractions with unlike denominators so they are able to add them by going to, http://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions_addition.html.
Scholars will be learning to use math equations to compare and order fractions. Students will also be introduced to mixed fractions.
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Scholars will learn both the Metric Measurement System and the Standard Measurement System. Not only will they practice measuring length, weight, and capacity, but they are learning to convert measurements into different units.
Scholars will use number sense to learn long division with and without remainders.
Singapore Math teaches division using a place value chart. This method is very visual and students are able to see how using the manipulatives and place value chart relates to the algorithm.
Follow this link to see a not very professional video of how Singapore Math teaches division. I apologize for the speed of the video, I can’t get it to slow down. If you know how, please teach me.
The algorithm is how most of us learned to do division. The steps are divide, multiply, subtract, bring down, repeat or remainder.
In bags of cookies, named by one of my former students, scholars estimate how many groups of the divisor they can get from the dividend. They then write the amount on the side of their problem and continue finding groups of the dividend. Click below for an example.
Click here for practice on divisibility rules.
Multiplication with large numbers.
Scholars will learn several strategies to help them multiply large numbers. All of the mental math strategies include using number sense.
Students will learn to use different mathematical concepts to solve word problems using model drawing. Click below to go to a fabulous website that explains and shows examples of model drawing.