M. Laing


OrOur math series is Math Trailblazers: A Mathematical Journey Using Science and Language Arts . It is based on the philosophy: the scientific investigation of everyday situations is an ideal setting for learning mathematics and all students deserve a rich and challenging curriculum. Throughout the year students will work together on challenging tasks and discuss ideas with their peers, teacher, and family. At times, I will ask you to participate by sending in small items to school, playing a math game, or helping with homework assignments.

We are currently working to understand fractions and decimals.  Please practice them at home.  We completed our unit on multiplication and division. Students MUST PRACTICE THIER MATH FACTS AT HOME to help them with their learning in class.

Unit 1 - Data About Us  Students will construct tables and bar graphs from gathered data and include titles, labels, and scales.  They will order a given set of data, find the median and the range of values and make predictions from the data.  Students will multiply and divide decimals up to two decimal places.

Unit 2 -  An Assessment Unit  Students will measure using rulers and cm grids.  Students will use the formulas for perimeter and area of a square and a rectangle.  They will calculate perimeters and areas of these shapes.  Students will find the side of a square when given its perimeter or area.  Students will identify right angles and compare acute and obtuse angles to right angles.  They will construct tables and bar graphs from given data.

Unit 3 - Numbers & Number Operations  Students will read, write, and understand place values of numbers to 1,000,000.  They will add and subtract whole numbers.  They will multiply two-digit numbers.  They will demonstrate powers of 10.  Students will make estimations and calculations fluently with whole numbers using mental math strategies.

Unit 4 - Products & Factors  Students will find all factors of any whole number through 50, and list factor pairs.  They will find the value of the unknowns in an equation.  They will use the relationship between multiplication and division to simplify equations.  Students will identify prime numbers.

Unit 5 - Mean, Median, and Mode Students order a given set of data, from a table or graph, to find the mean, median, and mode. 

Unit 6 - Place Value Students will read and write numbers to the millions.  They compare and order numbers to the millions. Students estimate sums and differences of numbers to determine if the answer is reasonable.

Unit 7 - Patterns in Multiplication   Students  estimate sums, differences and products.  Students learn to multiply 2-digit by 1-digit numbers.  Students identify patterns in multiplication.

Unit 9 - Shapes and Solids  Students estimate and measure angles and classify them as acute, obtuse or right.  Students identify 2-D and 3-D shapes and their properties.

 Unit 10 - Using Decimals Students represent decimals and fractions using number lines.  Students read and write decimals and fractions to the hundredths place.  Students compare and order decimals and fractions.  Students identify equivelant fractions and can add and subtract fractions and decimals.

Unit 11 - Multiplication Students multiply 2-digit by 2-digit numbers using different methods.  Students also estimate products.