We come to the end of another week and in this case, the end of the fractions unit and the beginning of decimals. This week was a transition between the two in which we studied their relationship and converting between both. Now, we are in decimals entirely though fractions will not be completely left behind. Today's focus was on comparing decimals and on Monday the students will place them in both ascending and descending order.
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²With my second block, once we did a mini lesson on the decimals, I took things further by having them solve first for the circumference of a circle (c=πd; or, circumference = pi x the diameter or double the radius), using just 3.14 for pi. So, they had to practice not just multiplying by a decimal but to follow a formula.
Since it didn't take them long to get it, I made things more challenging by calculating the area of a circle using the formula: a=πr², again using 3.14 for pi. This made them double the multiplication.
In science, the students did another STEMscopes activity.