Term 3, Week 7, August 21st-25th
I could also have called this Shape Week as both boys completed heaps of investigations with shapes.
Darius made shapes out of paddle pop sticks. The sticks to stay together if you glue some velcro on each corner. He also used play dough and match sticks to explore how many edges and vertices each shape had.
PATTERN BLOCKS are awesome for more opened ended exploration of shapes that includes some problem solving challenges.
Darius used links to show his understanding of how teen numbers are made up of 10 add another number (e.g. 12= 10+2). Check out these activities with Linky Teen Numbers
Darius is also building his understanding of the base 10 system. Here he is using base ten blocks to model each teen number. We then played memory with the teen number cards.
Cyrus focused on QUADRILATERAL activities this week learning about their properties, including what the angles of each shape add up to, how many (if any) parallel lines they have, and different names for shapes in the Quadrilateral family. He learnt that 2D shape can have more than one name to explain where they fit on the shape family tree.
If you haven’t already, check out MATH ANTICS. We use these videos and teaching tools all the time for upper primary mathematics. The teaching is laid out clearly with each mathematical operation explained step by step. The animation is engaging and highlights what is been taught. Highly recommend!
Thanks to Math Antics and some hands on modelling with base 10 blocks, Cyrus finally has conversions of fractions to decimals and percentages worked out. Yay! We got there!
Darius had fun hole punching letters to practise letter recognition. You could probably make these your self, but we downloaded HOLE PUNCH LETTERS from this site. I made the first sound letter clip cards for him from magazines.
We met up with the Scenic Rim Homeschool group for some awesome bushwalking around Mt. French. And look who was there to greet us! Awww!
Well, this is grown into a long post, so I link to more planet activities next week as we continue learning about Mercury, Venus and so much more. Join us!
Until then we leave you with Darius and one of our Homeschool Dogs. The chihuahua wasn’t getting out of bed for anyone this week!
Love, The Gone Wild Homeschool Boys