Sunday, April 24, 2016

Math and Science

Children learn best by doing. They learn math skills by manipulating objects. Before they can "fluently add and subtract", they need to understand what it means to add and what does it mean when you're asked to subtract. A child might be able to say, "Five plus five equals ten." but may not be able to explain what that means. 
Before we expect children to memorize math facts, we engage them with materials and lots of opportunities to join sets and take sets away from a given set.
We have been making arrangements of tiles of a given amount and looking for groups within. Later we learn to record the number sentences.

Stay tuned to this blog to see how we use characters like these in an experiment to determine the effect of sunlight on the Earth's surface.
Students will use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.

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