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Thursday
May152014

Remind Yourself How Beautiful Nature Is.

Reading, writing, math, science.  They all help you understand the world around you a little bit better.  Don't forget to experience it as well, and cultivate your intellectual curiosity.

"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.  Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings.  Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature's sources never fail."

- John Muir (1901)

Thursday
Apr102014

Breaking It Down: More Fractions Review (Improper Fractions + Mixed Numbers).

Since so many students are still absent with with the flu, below are videos to review the concept of improper fractions and mixed numbers, as well as how to convert one to the other.

Proper and improper fractions.

Mixed Numbers and improper fractions.

Converting mixed numbers into improper fractions.

Converting improper fractions into mixed numbers.

Tuesday
Apr012014

Happy Spring Break!

Spend lots of amazing time with your friends and family, play games, have fun and read, read, read (and do a little bit of math)!

Sunday
Mar302014

Math Focus: Topic 11 (Decimals and Place Value).

Thursday
Mar062014

Weekly Math Focus: Topic 10 (Adding and Subtracting Fractions).

Below are two videos that will help students review the step for adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

We have also been using the idea of what I call "criss-crossing" when adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominator.  This works best when one of the denominator is not a factor of the other (e.g. 3 and 4 or 5 and 6).

Below is a video from another teacher demonstrating the technique.  It is very simple and works 100% of the time (don't be detered by the title "alternative algorithm").