February was a short month. It went really fast! But Christina kept us learning and practicing Math skills through interesting games. There is always chance, challenge and goal. Remember the game that helped us improve division and indirectly review multiplication? (Because how can you even divide without knowing your multiplication tables?) There was that game where each one had to pick one bone shaped paper had a number. That’s chance! (You don’t know what you’ll get.) On the top right of the paper bone, there was another number between 1 and 12. You had a piece of paper that had 12 boxes. If your bone said 32 and the number of the top right was 4, you had to divide 32 by 4 and the answer (8) was the next bone you had to look for. That’s challenge in remembering your multiplication tables. Anyway, you kept doing this until all 12 boxes were filled. That was the goal. Here was another chance, challenge and goal: exit tickets when we come in. There was a multiplication problem and the problem had at least 1 to 3 errors. There’ s a chance that you get a hard one. The challenge was that you had to do the problem correctly and explain the error. Lastly, you had to show a strategy that can be used to know that your answer is correct. I guess the goal was to show you understood the problem and how you solved it. Lastly, we added fractions by converting them into money. For example, 1 / 2 = 50 cents = 50 / 100 and 1 / 10 = 10 = 10 / 100. There’s always a chance you have not used money enough to be quick in it. So it can be a challenge. I like that it brings together something you use in daily life (money) and fractions. It’s like learning through everyday Math and that’s a cool goal. Did you also enjoy the chance, challenge, and goal playing with a member of the family in one part of homework? It’s fun that you can win or lose. There was always a chance you’ll pick difficult numbers between 1 and 10. Then you were challenged to put them in the right boxes so you can follow the set rule in comparing fractions. For example, “larger fraction wins” or “fraction closest to ½ wins. It was a delight to set the goal of winning by following a rule. Of course, I won!

By Sophia M

By Sophia M