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In Order to Divide Like a King or Queen

Sing along with a very catchy song explaining the concept of division as well as long division steps! It is sung to a Stray Cats tune and you can find the lyrics here.


Holiday Multiplication Practice

Holiday Multiplication PracticeGooey gum drop buttons! Each time you get a multiplication fact correct, another piece of the holiday scene is revealed! When you complete the level, you get to build your own holiday picture! Now that we know our multiplication facts, this is easy as pie. 🙂 Be sure to always click on 0-9!

Happy Holidays Multiplication Practice

Autumn Multiplication Practice

Alright, everybody! At this point, we should have the majority of our multiplication facts 100% mastered! Now comes the fun part — look at how easy your multiplication games will be! Try your hand at some of the new fall games from for review: Harvest Hootenanny and Pumpkin Patch!

Order of Operations

During math, we’ve begun an introduction to the Order of Operations (PEMDAS). Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally! PEMDAS = Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication & Division, Addition & Subtraction = the order in which to complete a math problem. If after reviewing your child’s work, you see that he/she is having difficulty in this area, please use the video below, What is PEMDAS?, as another form of introduction! The games Royal RescueOperation Order, and Order of Operations can also help. Step one, parentheses, was already mastered in Trimester One. The trick now is remembering to always multiply and divide before adding and subtracting!

Chapter Six: Lesson One: Static Electricity

We’ve finished our study of life science, and are about to move on to physical science. For a great animated summary of our newest topic, view the video below!

One Week Left: Trimester One Testing ’13!

Trimester One Testing (the results of which you find on the back of our report cards) will take place between November 11th and 15th. PLEASE look over the following essential standards and review each with your child. If you have any questions about the content of the test, send a note!

English/Language Arts – First Trimester

  • I can show that I understand words that have several meanings. [Ex: trunk — 1) an elephant’s long nose, 2) the large stem of a tree, 3) the back area of a car used for storage]
  • I can tell the difference between cause and effect, and fact and opinion. [Ex: Cause — The action that happens first in chronological order which creates a reaction; Effect — The action that happens as the result of a cause; Fact — Something that can be proved; Opinion — Personal thoughts and feelings]
  • I can find information in my texts using its index, table of contents, glossary, maps and charts, etc. [Ex: The student understands the parts of a textbook and knows which to use in order to find the proper information. Some parts of other books include the preface, dedication/ acknowledgments, and appendix.]
  • I can speak and write in simple and compound sentences. [Ex: See here for the difference between simple, compound, and complex sentences. The most important piece is the students’ understanding of how to use correct conjunctions in order to combine and separate sentences.]
  • I can speak and write using all kinds of verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and the correct connecting words in my sentences. [See Grammar Gorillas for a practice of all necessary parts of speech.]
  • I can capitalize names of magazines, newspapers, works of art and music, organizations, and the first word inside a quotation. [Ex: Little House on the Prairie, San Francisco Chronicle, “I’m a Little Teapot”]

Mathematics – First Trimester

  • I can read and write numbers from 1 to 999,999,999. [Ex: three million, four hundred two thousand, fifty-one and thirty-three hundredths = 3,402,051.33]
  • I can order and compare whole numbers and decimals. [Ex: 39.1; 82; 0.145 ordered from least to greatest is 0.145; 39.1; 82. Line your numbers up vertically by decimals, then begin with the numbers on the left. This is similar to finding words in a dictionary.]
  • I can round numbers through the millions to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, ten thousand, or hundred thousand. [Ex: In order to round, identify the place you are rounding to (circle it). Draw an underline on the digit to the right and determine whether the underlined number is four or less, or five or greater. If it is four or less, your circled number stays the same. If it is five or greater, your circled number will increase by one. All numbers to the left of the circle stay the same while all numbers to the right of the circle turn into zeros. 4,516,098 rounded to the nearest ten thousand would be 4,520,000; 32.978 rounded to the nearest tenth would be 33.]
  • I can make a reasonable estimate and then add or subtract whole numbers and decimals. [Ex: Estimating is rounding before adding or subtracting. If the place to be rounded is not specified, you must round to the “greatest place of the smallest number”. For example, 412 + 32 would require you to round to the tens place, since 32 is the smaller number and the tens place is the greatest place in that number. 412 + 32 would turn into 410 + 30, which equals 440.]
  • I can show when and how to add and subtract numbers with many digits. [Ex: 45,610 + 1,984 = 47,594. 56,009 – 3,899 = 52,110. Be sure your child knows how to borrow in subtraction as well as when to add versus subtract when reading a word problem.]
  • I can show that equals added to equals are equal. [Ex: If 9 + 3 + 5 = f + 5, then f = 12.]
  • I can show that equals multiplied by equals are equal. [Ex: If 4 x h x 2 = 2 x 12, then h = 3. If 6s=30, then s=5.]

Regrouping (Borrowing) in Subtraction

Quite a few students appear to need a refresher course in regrouping during subtraction. I found the following video to be helpful. 🙂

Skills to Know: Top 3

At the present time, there are three skills that should be quick review. They have been practiced a number of times and are essential to future studies. You will find them below with links for practice. Please help your child if these skills are not yet mastered! Thank you!

1) Multiplication Facts: 0-4 — Multiplication Chart, Fact Families, Mr. Nussbaum’s Multiplication Games,

2) Names of All Mathematical PlacesPlace Value Made Easy, Place Value and Number Forms, Scooter Quest, Place Value Pirates, Everything in Its Place, Place Value Puzzler

3) Names/Locations of Seven Continents & Five OceansThe Continents and Oceans, Name the Continents, World Continents Quizzes, Test Your Geography Knowledge

Early April ’13: Topics-of-Study

Language Arts: Figurative Language, Making Predictions, Following Multiple-Step Instructions

Mathematics: Order of Operations (PEMDAS), Coordinate Graphing, Number Lines + Review of Degrees/Turns
Number Line

Social Studies: Chapter Four – Mexican Rule in California

Science: Chapter Three – Rocks and Minerals (just begun)