Time: We finished our unit on time. This topic focused directly on everyday situations. Your child should be able to read time to the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour, five minutes, and minute, as well as describing the time before the hour and after the hour. Students used calendars and clocks to find elapsed time and to solve problems involving elapsed time in days, weeks, months, hours and minutes.
Helping at home: Help your child read time and find elapsed time. Ask your child to estimate how long it takes to do activities such as eating a meal, traveling to the store, or doing homework. Have your child look at the clock when starting an activity and then again at the end of the activity. Ask how long the activity took.
Talk to your child about events that will be happening over the next year and ask how many days or months there are until those events. Talk about past events in the year and ask your child how many days or months it has been since those events happened.
Perimeter and Area: In this unit, students started by finding the area of a rectangle by counting the number of square units inside the figure. Students also found the perimeter of a rectangle by counting linear units around the outside of the figure. We then progressed to developing and using formulas to find the perimeter and area of a rectangle.
Here are a few that you can discuss with your child:
A (area)=b (base) x h (height)
A (area)=l (length) x w (width)
P (perimeter)=l (length) + l (length) + w (width) + w (width)
P=b + b + h + h
Here are some songs that the children enjoyed: