Math enrichment groups are going on in grades 3, 4, and 5!
Grade three students are studying number systems. First, they are exploring our own base ten numeration system. They will focus on the role that place value plays in our base ten number system Then they will compare and contrast different numeration systems. Specifically, they will learn about ancient Egyptian number system and the Chinese number system.
In addition to the place value and numeration unit, students will participate as a team in the Continental Math League problem solving competitions. This competition is a fun, national competition for third graders who enjoy problem solving. These competitions are in January, February and March.
Grade four students are studying algebra. Students will study variables, expressions and equations, and how to use logical reasoning and problem solving strategies. Students will solve one- and two-step equations and solve sets of equations that involve two unknowns using one or more of the following strategies: guess and test, an organized list, and substitution. In this challenging and fun unit, students will get a chance to solve variable puzzles and even learn and create a magic trick.
Grade five students began their enrichment with learning about how variables change in relation to one another. They analyzed graphs to determine what was happening in given situations (i.e. distance ran increased as time increased). Now, students are focusing on problem solving. Students are challenged to use a variety of strategies to tackle these rigorous tasks!