Math News

Kindergarten has been working on learning addition. We have learned how to use a number line to add, as well as using other strategies such as adding with manipulatives. The children showed their knowledge of addition through a project that we did. The children were given an addition problem and then had to show that problem on a ladybug. They showed the two numbers that were added together by putting the number of dots on each of the ladybug’s wings. Then the children had to find the sum and re-write the equation on their poster with the number bond representing the equation. The last step of their project was to show the answer of their equation in a ten frame. The children loved this project because they were able to show the skills they have been learning while at the same time creating a fun art craft. They all worked incredibly hard on this project, and we are so proud of their final outcome.

First Grade began learning geometry. The children were excited to start this hands-on unit before Thanksgiving. As a review of two-dimensional shapes the children created shape turkeys. They were able to choose two-dimensional shapes to glue down as the turkey’s colorful feathers. After creating their own unique turkey, first graders wrote sentences describing how many of each shape their turkey had. This allowed them to become familiar with writing shape names. Their shape turkeys then became a bright holiday decoration. Visit the First Grade classroom to see what other fun projects the children will create while learning about two and three-dimensional shapes and their attributes!

In Second grade, students build on their understanding of foundational math skills and operations, while improving their mental math and reasoning skills. In the classroom, math instruction is still very “hands on” allowing students to solidify their understanding of concepts and extend their knowledge as they begin working with larger numbers and more complicated concepts. After direct instruction of a skill, students are able to practice and develop their skills through activities, games, and written practice. While this varied practice allows for a greater understanding of the material, most students also find it fun!

Since September, Second Graders have reviewed addition and subtraction strategies and learned to identify key math words that help in solving story problems. Students have explored number relationships and Fact Families. They have learned about place value and how to compare larger numbers. They have studied ordinal numbers, rounding, and patterns in numbers. As November came to an end, the students finished a unit on money. As a creative culmination to this particular unit, each Second Grade student will get to make their own piggy bank! We invite you to come see the banks once they're on display in the hallway.

Math has been a fun and hands-on subject in the Third Grade! We began the year focusing on number sense and learning how to write numbers in different ways, and how to read and write numbers with place value up to the millions! During our time unit we made our own analog clocks to help us compute elapsed time. Students were introduced to fractions when learning about the terms a quarter after, half past, and a quarter to. Students are practicing their multiplication facts every week through different projects including timed 5 minute challenges, mystery pictures, and flashcards/fact practice games. We are currently in our money unit where students are preparing for the annual bake sale where they will make change for the customers buying the goods!

Fourth Grade spent November honing their multiplication and division skills. As a fun culminating project for division, students tried their hand at architecture, creating a "Division House" which included different elements based on dividends and divisors. For example, students determined the number of doors on their house by dividing their age by the number of years they have attended Renaissance. The Division Houses can be seen displayed outside of the Fourth Grade classroom. We invite you to count all 286 blades of grass (school address divided by number of Fourth Graders) or the number of raindrops falling from the clouds (area code divided by number of years you have lived in Vermont). See if you can find all ten elements that make up a Division House! 

Fifth Graders have diligently engaged in several new math concepts this year. Students started the year with a pre-algebra unit that included solving for missing addends, exponents, and order of operations. Students have recently learned how to multiply and divide decimals, and will soon be learning about how decimals are connected to fractions and percent. Fifth Grade will be learning about fractions and will engage in related hands-on projects. Students will be in charge of creating two mock menus, in which they will have to cater to two different events. The students will need to use budgeting and be able to multiply, divide, add, and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Students will have to adjust recipes in order to feed a crowd. Students will be doing a related project in which they will need to triple a recipe that includes fractional parts. We will, of course, be eating our final creation! In addition to these projects, students’ daily math routine involves hands-on learning stations. Students learn a daily lesson and put their skills to work in one-on-one teacher time, small group games, and a technology learning component known as Prodigy. Fifth Graders are loving math!