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Volume 1 | Issue 1

February 22, 2016

Quote of the Week:

Boston College
Elementary School

Ms. Linekins 5th Grade Weekly Newsletter


Using Technology in Our Classroom Math Edition!
Hello, Parents and Guardians! The topic of this weeks newsletter is yet another

Education is the most application of technology in our classroom. As we have done in the past, the
powerful weapon students will be working with iPads and online resources to enhance their
which you can use to understanding of fractions. We will be implementing two new and extremely useful
programs this week, The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) and

change the world." EverydayMathematics Equivalent Fractions Equivalent Fractions Solitaire with
Pictures! While these programs are just being introduced to the students this week,

-Nelson Mandela we will be using them frequently throughout the remainder of the school year. I
recommend you familiarize yourself with the NLVM by accessing the site at home
in order to further help your child! I have provided a brief overview of the programs
below for your convenience. If there are any questions regarding the
implementation of the programs, do not hesitate to contact me!
All the best,
Ms. Linekin

EverydayMathematics Equivalent
Fractions Equivalent Fractions
Solitaire with Pictures
Objective
The objective of EverydayMathematics Equivalent
Fractions is to further ones knowledge of equivalent
fractions through a fun and interactive game of solitaire. After
watching the instructional video, explaining the rules and
strategy behind solitaire, students can begin to play by
matching up cards that display equivalent fractions (as
displayed on the left). For students requiring additional help in
grasping the concept, there is also a
Guided Play option, which takes a more
supportive approach to teaching and
learning. As the students continue to
match the cards and gain knowledge of
what equivalent fractions look like, they
gain points and can go on streaks
increasing the exciting nature of learning math and, therefore,
peaking their interest!

Connection to Classwork and Relevant Skills


Learned
We are currently working through the Fractions Unit of our
Mathematics curriculum and the students enjoy a more
interactive and fun style of learning. Practicing fractions and
finding their equivalents with visual aids like those presented
on the cards is an excellent way for the students to weld the
connection between what is in front of them and what is being
internalized. Learning using iPads and tablets is becoming
more and more prevalent in our schools today, and programs
such as the one illustrated above are wonderful to peak student
interest as well as learning!

If you would like to download this


program onto your own iPad/tablet:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/everyday-mathematicsequivalent/id417016316?mt=8

National Library of Virtual


Manipulatives Fractions
Comparing
Objective
The objective of Fractions Comparing is one that
calls on the knowledge acquired by the students in the
Equivalent Fractions Solitaire with Pictures program
while taking an additional step. The students are first
given two fractions and their respective pie-charts.
Given the task of finding equivalent fractions with
common denominators, the students are then asked to
plot their newfound fractions together on a number
line. After the number line is complete, the students
then have the option of finding a fraction that lies
between the two points they created. While this
program does not have the gaming aspect the prior
program has, the students find gratification through a
Correct! memo at the end of their mathematical
journey!

Connection to Classwork and Relevant


Skills Learned

Contact Me!
Ms. Meghan Linekin
Email: linekin@bc.edu
Phone: (203) 448-6701

While the students learned the concept behind a


number line in earlier grades, they are combining
their knowledge of fractions and number lines to
conquer this program. By asking the students to find
common denominators between the two given
fractions while simultaneously finding equivalent
fractions for them individually, the students must call
on their knowledge of multiplication and division.
The students seem to love the trial-and-error aspect of
this program, as they are put to the test on a topic that
we are actively learning in class.

If you would like to access this


program on your computer:
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_159_g_2_t_1
.html?from=category_g_2_t_1.html