Pacing and SBAC
Last week, we finished Unit 4 and our specific focus on Equations and Word Problems. It may seem strange that we are skipping Unit 5, but we want to make sure we cover Fractions (and Unit 7 with Decimals) before we start SBAC testing. After Unit 7, we’ll jump back and make sure we also learn Measurement from Unit 5.
Unit 6, Fractions
Starting March 5th, we switched back to Spanish for math instruction as we begin Unit 6: Concepts of Fractions and Operations. Math instruction will continue in Spanish for the next 5-7 weeks before we switch again English.
A note about math homework
As we have more resources for the 2018 curriculum (the English version) than our older Spanish curriculum (it’s being updated next year!), I will not be able to provide different homework for each student while we are in Spanish, although I will differentiate when I can. If a student is struggling with either the difficulty or the amount of math homework, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I know that the “new math” today can seem confusing and different from what you (and I) learned years ago. To help you navigate this new world with your student, here is a list of the important terms we will be using over the course of Unit 6:
- Denominator – The number below the bar in a fraction. It shows the total number of equal parts in the fraction. (denominador)
- Fraction – A number that is the sum of unit fractions, each an equal part of a set or part of a whole. (fracción)
- Mixed number – a number that can be represented by a whole number and a fraction. (número mixto)
- Numerator – The number above the bar in a fraction. It shows the number of equal parts. (numerador)
- Unit fraction – a fraction whose numerator is 1. It shows one equal part of a whole. (fracción unitaria)
Thank you again for all of your support of student’s math learning at home and at school. We’ve come a long way already this year, and still have so much more to learn!