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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 3 – Fractions at Work (Rising 3rd/4th)

Posted by on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

What a fun SAVY math day! We have already begun synthesizing our new understanding of fractions! On our walk to The Little Art House, we noticed many examples of fractions, proportions and math in the community. Emma Bradford, one of the founders of The Little House, guided us through creating grids, doubling proportions and noticing details. Students were very engaged in sharing observations about the effects of Rule of Thirds, composition, orientation [portrait, landscape], balance v. centered, and value of color density. We began our self-portraits. Emma was fabulously encouraging and informative as she taught us all. If you’d like to learn more about The Little Art House, here’s their website:
 Prior to our art exploration, we discovered the “why” of multiplying fractions. We created examples, such as  1/4 of 2/3 using bar models and folding patterns. We also explored factors. Students are doing great with persevering through new concepts!
 As we enjoy our time learning with your gifted children, we are also helping them understand themselves as learners, as metacognitive kids. It’s been fun seeing the connections they each make as we interject our class discussions with some of the distinctives of gifted children: curious, perceptive – make concept connections quickly, fun sense of humor, set high standards [for self and others], asynchronous [“thinker” abilities may be more developed than our “feeler” or physical levels]. It’s a joy to watch them have “a-ha” moments about understanding fractions, to tag along as they notice that math is everywhere, to guide them as they understand themselves as learners and develop collaborative skills with other gifted children.
-Ms Pfister

Photos From Today’s Field Trip