Well, you can tell our students that the snowflakes in our windows really worked! I will admit that even I did not expect the severity of our storm and the length it lasted, but it was pretty cool to see Mother Nature do her thing over the weekend.
Now as far as the week is concerned, obviously things are up in the air as to when we return, but we have had snow days before, and we will have them again, so the first thing not to do is worry about how this affects the chance of your child getting into Princeton, because it doesn’t. I am going to give some suggestions as to how to weather (no pun intended) these snow days, and offer some advice as to how to keep those math skills sharp.
First of all, in this day and age, there is so much on the internet that is fun AND educational, and we have been to several websites that students enjoy to keep up with their math facts and core skills. There are even a few that I have saved in my portaportal (http://guest.portaportal.com/mdseccia) and require just click to get to. If you haven’t seen them in a while, I will remind you here.
www.sumdog.com – great for math review and speed drills in multiplication and division. I can also keep track of how much practice has been attempted if your child remembers their login!
www.khanacademy.org – The best site for reteaching and practicing core skills and hearing the directions for important skills from someone other than me! You can also keep track of a students progress and view and print practice from specific time periods, as well as earn points for your practice!
www.mathplayground.com – puzzles and games by both grade level and topic (fractions and decimals games are particularly good here). Also, the thinking blocks section has a great tutorial as to how to solve word problems more concretely using blocks and shapes that students can manipulate and move on their own.
Videos teaching math skills are always fun to watch, and I have some favorites here. Please remember to supervise your children any time they are on a video website like Youtube or Vimeo.
https://www.youtube.com/user/mathsongs1 – Mr. R’s songs for teaching. Search for concepts at a higher level
https://www.youtube.com/user/learningscienceisfun – Kids love Mr. C’s fatheads and fun and catchy lyrics. Here is the one I was going to share this week – (Mean median and mode) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7MxGyEaN64 Here is the most requested one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWyxWg2-LTY
https://www.youtube.com/user/FlocabularyYT – As Flocabulary is a subscription service, not ALL of the videos we use are on here, but this is a great way to have a taste of one of the more popular platforms for teaching concepts on the internet.
All work that was due at the end of the week will still be due when we return without penalty, but please remember that we will still have benchmark tests as well upon our return. The schedule will be updated shortly as well.
Snow day MEAN MEDIAN MODE assignment for snow days – Worth a homework AND quiz grade upon return.
If we are out several more days, as is appears, here is an assignment that your students can also complete for an additional homework and quiz grade.
Using the snow totals from at least TEN cities or counties in Virginia – You can use this site, or any other site you like http://www.nbc12.com/story/31036026/latest-snow-totals-in-central-virginia
- List the cities/counties and snow totals. Don’t forget to include your town (short pump)
- Make a stem and leaf plot of the data that you collected.
- Find the mean by adding the total and dividing it by the number of data points you used
- Find the mode (if there is one) by counting the number that happens the most
- Find the median (or middle) of your data
- Find the range by subtracting the smallest number from the largest.
Put all of this data on a clean piece of looseleaf and submit it to me when we return.
Other things to do – READ 20 minutes a day AND LOG!
Work on Word Study
Daily Journal Writing in Writing Journals.
Do freelance research on CHINA, our class country for our school around the world project.
Please remember that the most important thing to do in this challenging time is to ENJOY the time together with your family as it is fleeting and although it causes frustration, snow is fun and it is rare to get this much in this area of the country.