New math unit

Dear Families,

Over the next two weeks, your child will be learning how to create and solve division problems that involve either equal sharing or equal grouping. Your child will use various strategies, such as multiplication, repeated subtraction, and a number line, to solve division problems.

To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:

  • Use any type of food such as baked goods or pizza to have your child figure out how to equally share pieces among a certain number of people.
  • Have your child determine how many pieces to create from a pan of brownies or cake to feed the family the same serving size, such as 2 or 3 pieces.
  • With your child, practise using common objects or situations at home to show both equal sharing and equal grouping. For example, “How can we share 12 comic books among 4 people?” (equal sharing) or “If each person receives 3 comic books and there are 12 books, how many people are there?”

You may want to visit the Nelson website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.

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