As a Title 1 teacher, reading has always been my passion. I love to read myself and want every child I work with to develop a love of reading. In my love of reading I have rather skimmed over math and the significance of math in our world. However it has been my pleasure to work with Mrs. Strecker’s 5th and 6th grade math students. What an eye opener!! Students work with all the basic addition, multiplication, subtraction, division plus soooo much more…estimation, rounding, fractions, problem solving, probability, measurement and others.
Students perhaps find problem solving one of the most difficult parts of the math curriculum. More important than a right answer is the knowledge of how to think about a problem. Different strategies are taught to solve problems such as “looking for patterns, drawing a picture, working backwards, working with a partner,
Perhaps you can work as a partner with your student to solve one of these problems:
The diameter of Venus is 7,521 miles wide. The diameter of earth is 405 miles longer than the diameter of Venus. The diameter of Mercury is 4, 894 miles shorter than the diameter of Earth. What is the diameter of Mercury and Earth?
Tom has 9 bugs in his bug collection. Joy has 6 bugs. How many fewer bugs does Joy have?
Happy math as you participate in your child’s math development!
Title 1 Teacher