Tuesday, November 14, 2017

X Fractions with Scaling (and Pudding)


This week in math we are learning how to predict the outcome of a multiplication problem by looking at the factors. When fractions are involved it's easy to decide if the product will be greater than or less than the original number.


Before moving on, let's watch a silly movie about the different types of fractions...

rude, polite, and confused.

(or something like that)




If you would like to watch a very helpful video about this concept, go to Learn Zillion and type the code below into the search box.

Code: LZ3401

Here is another look at my notebook page from this lesson. Check your work to make sure your answers are correct and your notebook is complete. You can click on the image to enlarge it.



What about Oreo cookies? 
Would you rather have 4 Oreos or 4 x 1/4 Oreos
(milk included)

Mmmmm... Orrrreeeeeeos...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

KCFM... Your Station for Fraction News!


This week in math we learned how to divide fractions. Luckily it's as easy as remembering a cool radio station name.

Here's how it works:

                    Keep the first fraction the same.
                    Change the division sign to a multiplication sign.
                    Flip the second fraction.
                    Multiply across.

Get it?

This 2 minute movie will show how it's done:

Now, when you divide fractions by whole numbers or vice versa, just remember to put the whole number over 1 to easily change it into a fraction. You have to do this to help with the Flip and Multiply steps.

If the whole number comes second in the equation, you'll have to do what we at KCFM like to call The Whole Number Flip

It's the latest craze.

For a quick review of this concept, watch the 2 minute video below.


Tune in next week for more math fun!

And thanks for listening to KCFMmmmmmmmm...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Choose Kind


I am so excited that one of my all-time favorite books, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, has been turned into a movie! I don't usually get too excited about the movie-version of books. After all, it's not easy to translate an amazing 300 page novel like Wonder into a 2 hour movie. However, I have to say that this trailer has sparked my interest. I'm looking forward to the movie in theaters on November 17!

Check it out and let me know what you think.

If you haven't read Wonder, read it this month!
Then you can watch the movie and compare the two. 

I promise you'll like the story. Pinky swear.  

The audio version is great too!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Good Readers Infer!


Today in class we learned about making inferences. This is something we do all the time when we are reading, enjoying movies, or even watching television commercials. To infer you need to find clues in the text and look for evidence in the pictures. You also use your background knowledge and pull from your past experiences to "read between the lines."

Here's a movie about inferences to help you understand the concept.

Got it?

Okay, let's give this a try.

What can you infer from this picture?

Mrs. Sol's response: I can see the boy has a blue tongue. From my past experience, I know that kids usually have blue tongues when they are eating something blue. I infer that the boy in the picture recently ate a blue popsicle, lollipop or candy (and he's happy about it). 

Now, use the same skills to infer details from a text passage...

Why is Jacob upset?

Jacob walked out of the shopping mall with his arms full of bags and the sun shining on him. As he approached his car, he started awkwardly feeling around his pockets with his arm full of bags. He did not find what he was looking for so he transferred the bags on one arm to the other arm, which already had bags. Jacob had a lot of bags on one arm. He still couldn't find what he was looking for. Now he dropped the bags and plunged both hands desperately into all of the pockets on his jeans. With a look of despair, Jacob ran to his car. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Then he saw something on the passenger seat of the car. He stopped looking and pulled his phone out of his pocket.

Based on evidence given in the text, why do you think Jacob is upset? What happened? What can you infer from the information you have?

Finally, here's a commercial that you may have seen.

What does the boy think when the car starts?

This commercial tells a story, but without words. Can you infer enough information to answer the question? Inferencing skills you must have, young padawan. 

Here are some fun resources to help you practice your inferencing skills.

Keep up the great work!



Here's our November calendar. Hot off the press!

(click to enlarge)

Check you e-mail for the printable version.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Captain Connections!


This week in SLASH we had a special guest.
Captain Connections!

Captain Connections is an expert when it comes to connecting what we read to our past experiences.

There are three types of connections we can make when we are reading: text to text, text to self, and text to world. The descriptions are listed below. Making connections helps with reading comprehension and it makes the story more enjoyable.

 Here are a few prompts to help you think of a connection to text. 
If you're asked to make a connection and you can't think of one, you can always start with,

"If that happened to me, I would..."

or something along those lines.

We learned about citing text when answering text-based questions, right? Well, you can use the same method for writing about text connections! Here is a variation on the R.A.C.E. method we discussed earlier. 

 The RA part of your answer can come from one of the Super Connection Starters above. 

Here's an example of a thorough written connection. You can click on it to enlarge the text.

For a printable version of our Captain Connections notebook pages, click here

Teachers, for the complete PowerPoint lesson, visit my TpT store!

Remember to make super connections when you are reading for an assignment or for pleasure!

It's Super!