In Christina’s class we began the NEW year with a NEW website for getting more exercise in fifth grade Math skills : Castle Learning. I must admit that I like Dreambox more because it explains when you make mistakes in solving problems. But like Dreambox, Castle Learning does help to make homework and learning livelier. This first month of 2017 was all about división. We practiced partial-quotients division and standard long división. I like how doing partial-quotients división again and again makes me better and better in estimating partial answers especially after playing five to seven games of Seth’s game with my mom Wasn’t that a cool way to get better at división and have a good time with another member of the family? (Hey, I won!). In Seth’s game, there are constraints and then numbers between 0 to 9 are picked at random and entered into the boxes. The constraint can be “largest remainder” or “even number quotient.” And it helped to know “divisibility rules” to be smart about where to put the numbers you picked. We learned those rules too! For example, a number is divisible by 2 if the last digit is even and is divisible by 3 if the sum of all the digits is divisible by 3. Of course, quotients can have remainders and we also learned when to ignore them, round them up, make them fractions or use them as the answer. Did you like the "remainders game?" I did! There were boxes with numbers which make a path to the end. Using our initials, we moved around the scoreboard depending on the remainder. For instance, if you’re on a box that has the humber 32, then you pick a card with the number 5, you divide 32 by 5 and get 6 r 2. So you move two spaces. And if there is no remainder you stay where you are. There is no limit to learning through games in Christina’s class! The month ended with taking time to draft thank you letters to the kind and generous persons who donated ipads so we can look up things in the internet, log on to Math websites, and learn in more enjoyable ways almost everyday. Writing ‘thank you’ felt good.

Sophia Martinez

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