Tuesday 23 March 2010


We are doing division questions like this:   65 ÷ 4, or like this:  438 ÷ 6.   Students can solve using either long division or short division. Scroll down to see the PDFs that show the steps in both long and short division (the long division algorithm is long enough that you will need to scroll down within it to see all the steps). Feel free to view or even download and print off those  See also below for the 10 questions we worked on this afternoon. Students need to have those questions corrected (W)

Students are finding division really requires instant recall of the times tables facts in order to be efficient. I am encouraging students to take the next several weeks to memorize at home any times tables that aren’t yet up to speed.

Assuming none of the times tables are yet memorized, there is an order they should be learned in… from easiest to hardest. Multiplication tables should be learned in the following order:  0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 9, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12. So for example, by learning the 3 times tables early, many of the 9 times and 6 times facts have already been mastered.

Please see the attached PDF “Once there was a girl.” These short choppy sentences need to be combined into more fluent, mature sentences. There are also no paragraphs. Students are to combine sentences, add paragraphs as necessary, complete the story, and hand in a good copy (W).

-yesterday’s French quiz on families needs to be signed (W)
-students who scored less than 5/10 need to study at home and at school to prepare for a retake test this Friday.

Reminder to students:
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is student council-sponsored “Wacky Wednesday”. Just for fun, students are encouraged to dress in mismatched shoes, backwards clothing, odd hair, funny hats etc!

Below, please find the PDFs mentioned in the homework above…

Division Part 2.pdf
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Long divisionSteps.pdf
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Short division.pdf
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Once there was a girl.pdf
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