## Saturday, February 21, 2015

### Elapsed Time

We have just finished out our unit on measurement. This included calculating elapsed time. Elapsed time is the time that elapses while some event is occurring. We learned a few different strategies to calculate this, including using a number line and a t-chart.

Here is an example of solving an elapsed time problem with regrouping of time:
Follow this link if you need a video refresher:

Homework this week will have your kiddo practicing this skill. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!

## Friday, February 13, 2015

### Week of 2/16/15

We have a busy, busy week coming up! Here is a look at what we will be doing:

Monday 2/16- No School

Tuesday 2/17- Math Benchmark;

• This will be similar to the writing benchmark that Ms. Christian blogged about at the beginning of the month. It will be similar to the Math STAAR. I will use the data from this assessment to help guide me in reteaching, tutoring, and small group instruction. I want your kiddo to be as prepared as possible and this assessment will help me accomplish that. :)
Wednesday 2/18- Symphony Field Trip:

• Be sure to have your kiddo wear their "best" dress. It is SO much fun to see everyone dressed up! This will be a morning trip. We will be back in time for our regular lunch.

Thursday 2/19- Reading Benchmark

• This will help your kiddo and Ms. Christian prepare for the Reading STAAR.

Friday 2/20- First regular day of the week! :)

Because this coming week is so hectic and the kiddos will be working so hard on the benchmark assessments, I am NOT assigning homework this week.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Have a great week!

## Monday, February 9, 2015

### Converting Metric Units of Measurement

The metric system is a comprehensive system of measurements used all over the world today. One of the biggest advantages that the metric system offers is that conversion between its units is simple and logical, as its units scale by powers of 10. Because of this, converting within metric measurements is usually as easy as multiplying or dividing a given measurement by a power of 10 to find the new value, or, as a shortcut, simply moving its decimal point.

The basic metric units are meters (for length), grams (for mass or weight), and liters (for volume).
There are many metric-unit prefixes, but the usual ones required in school are these: kilo-, hecto-, deka-, deci-, centi-, and milli-.

We are calculating metric conversions using the same basic conversion rule we used for the Customary System. Homework this week will have kiddos converting with both the Metric and Customary Systems. Please let me know if you have any questions!