We will be completing unit 4 on ratios, rates and percents and will begin the month with unit 5 which covers equations and inequalities. Students must be able to translate English phrases and sentences into algebraic symbols. To avoid misunderstandings, there are conventions we all use when translating from words to the ‘language of math’. Besides writing equations students will be expected to solve equations using properties. As students make the transition from arithmetic to algebra, it is especially important for them to become comfortable switching among multiple representations of algebraic relationships. Some algebraic relationships may be represented by words, illustrated on a table, or by an equation. You can also represent relationships with a graph. Navigating these new ideas in math is challenging, but will prepare them for what is ahead of them. We will also begin working in preparation for the Aspire test. These standardized tests are scheduled for the first week of April. In class we will be reviewing concepts and how to make sense of word problems and persevere in solving them. We will review some of the strategies for word problems and steps to make them easier to solve.
Math Club has been so much fun this year, however, it is time to wrap up the season. Students have worked hard at solving challenging math problems and playing math games. Our celebration coincides with Pi Day (3.14) which is March 14th. This math holiday is celebrated around the world! We hope that everyone has enjoyed the math enrichment this year!
The Continental Math competitions are also ending. Our last competition is in March for the year. Thank you to all of those students that challenged themselves in this contest. Winners of the competition are announced at the ‘End of the Year Awards Ceremony’.
The following are some math dates for March.
March 4th – Math Club – Sixth Grade
March 11th – Math Club Wrap-Up-All Members – Fifth & Sixth Are Invited!
March 14th – Pi Day – eat some ‘pie’