Some of the students I am pulling from 5th grade are very weak in multiplication. Please encourage your child to practice their multiplication skills daily. In 5th grade, students have a variety of math to learn and many of it uses multiplication/division: multiplying and diving with several digit numbers, simplifying fractions, finding the LCM to add/subtract fractions, multiplying/dividing fractions and decimals, find area and volumes, and many other areas of math… When a student is weak in this one area of math, it makes it difficult for him/her to succeed in other areas. Please check out the website links I have posted for practice as well as look for a variety of apps for your phones and/or tablets that let students practice their multiplication skills or go to our local Dollar Store or other local stores and purchase a set of flash cards for your students to practice with at home, in the car, etc. While in the car, call out multiplication problems to your student to call out answers to… Every bit helps your kids!!! The math in future grades will also depend on the strength in multiplication and division.
Another area of weakness I am finding in students who struggle in math is math vocabulary. While some students can tell me that 2 x 10 equals 20 but do not know what to do with the question, “What is the product of 2 and 10?” (Product is simply the answer when you multiply… – so it is another way of asking what is 2 x 10.) That is only one of many vocabulary words we will be focusing on this year.
Students will have math homework to complete to practice their math skills. It is important that you have your students complete these assignments. I will list their homework sheets on this site along with sheets you can print if they lose their copy. The city library lets you use the computer for free if you do not have Internet service at your home.
Students will be using a variety of websites in my classes and these sites are available for them to practice at home as well. Please go to the links page to find links to BrainPop, Quizlet, IXL, Kahoot, and Classworks.
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