This is the beginning of a normal, five-day week following the early-release day and the two days of conferences. Conferences will again take place tentatively on March 25th and 26th.
In math, we began the section on order of operations with an introduction to numerical expressions. A numerical expression is a math phrase with numbers, variables, and operations but no equal sign. Here are two examples.....
1. A student has 55 seashells and gives away 12. "Gives away" means to subtract so the expression is: 55-12. Since it is an expression, there is no equal sign. It is simply getting the students to take something and express it mathematically. If there was an equal sign and it was solved, then it would be an equation.
2. A student has 16 books and each book costs 17 KD. "Each" is a word for multiplication (or division) in this case so the expression would simply by: 16 x 17.
I also introduced them to the concept of a variable. A variable is a letter or symbol that represents an unknown number. So A + 6 would be an expression with a variable in it. An example also would be: "An unknown number represented by the variable b, is added to 25." The expression would be b + 25 or 25 + b.
We did social studies instead of science (tomorrow) in order to allow the students to submit their chosen leader for the Wax Museum. The most fair way to do this was to draw names randomly. Students were able to share their person, pending approval by the teachers.