MATH, MATH, MATH
Division
Popsicle sticks make perfect math tools

Students at Elizabeth Hall are exploring math in so many ways.  Whether it is using blocks to model a volume problem, drawing bars to solve a division story problems, learning with JiJi the

The Patio Problem
Modeling the problem helps make things clear
penguin in ST Math or writing about their understanding and sharing it in hallway displays, you can clearly see how involved the students are.

We learn together.  We laugh together.  And

Origami cubes
Practice makes perfect
we celebrate those "Aha" moments, whether they come from making really good mistakes, through discovering beautiful patterns or from talking about how we looked at a problem, students are engaged
A meter of candy
Using candy makes fractions and percent more fun!
and excited about math.

Come see for yourself.  Visit our school and see what we're doing.  Check out our work on display in the hall, and pop into classrooms where you'll

One clue at a time
Solving a cooperative puzzle takes work.
be welcomed and invited to join in the learning.

MCA... Here we come!

We work hard on math ALL YEAR long, but in the Spring, we are focusing on being prepared for the MCA tests, as they are such an important tool for measuring our progress.

You can help at home by doing these things:
Practice math facts!  Speed and accuracy with basic facts allows more of your brain to concentrate on solving problems.  If you recognize patterns, you will catch mistakes.  You'll have ideas for how to tackle challenges, etc.

Review Math Vocaubulary!  Here are some important words to know.  The blue words are new for fifth graders this year.  If you don't know them, find ways to figure them out.  You can use any resources available, from older friends, to the Internet, to the library:

 

Numbers & Operations

Algebra

Geometry

Data 

Analysis

digits

value

plot

locate

point

equal

fewer

fraction

more

less

greater

greatest

estimate round

nearest

closest

least

greatest

compare

add

sum 

product

multiply

divide

subtract

difference

result

represent

remainder

place value

rule

input

output

number sentence

equation

represent

result

value

ordered pair

graph

expression

inequality

 

Parallel

Perpendicular

Right

Figure

Sides

Angles

vertices

perimeter

length 

width

tool

ruler

yardstick

meter stick

tape measure

a.m.

p.m.

unit

greatest

least

fewest

most

vertices

thermometer

temperature 

degrees

increase

decrease

right

days

hours

minutes

months

most

nickel

order

penny

quarter

weeks

years 

dime

value

cube

prism

pyramid

cone

cyclinder

edge

face

base

three-dimensional

triangular

rectangular

net

formula

surface area

volume

height

pictograph

tally chart

bar graph

line plot

plot

table

data

title

label

key

represent

locate

mean

median

range

minimum

maximum

double-bar graph

line graph

Here is a link to the Minneapolis Public Schools booklet on preparing for the test:

http://tl.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/mca_ready_booklet.pdf