# Friday, September 15

Here’s what we are up to:

**Math**

Number Talks: In Grade 3 the students are working on mental math strategies for subtracting 9 from a given number. They using the strategy of subtracting 10 and then adding 1.

*Example: 195 – 9*

*a) 195 -10 = 185*

*b) 185 + 1 = 186*

*c) so 195 – 9 = 186*

The Grade 4s are adding a series of numbers and using the strategy of either making tens or “splitting” a number in order to make ten.

*Example: 6 + 7 + 5 + 4*

*7 + 3 = 10*

*6 + 4 = 10*

*10 + 10 = 20*

*so 6 + 7 + 5 + 4 = 20*

Both classes are working answering questions by identifying patterns and extending a t-chart or table.

**English**

In Writing we are practising a strategy for coming up with ideas to write about. It involves choosing a person who matters to us, remembering a few clear, small moments, and sketching it. The next step will be turning it into a paragraph with more details.

We are continuing to work on building our writing stamina. Everyone wrote for 15 – 20 minutes about a topic of their choice and practiced idea-generating strategies.

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