# 4th/5th: Week of Apr 15

## General News

• We’ll head to Shipe Park on Thursday, April 25th. (AHB shirts are encouraged.)

## Math Update

We had lots of fun in math this week with many hands-on geometry-related activities. We created custom ‘crests’ (geometric designs) that adhered to the rule of having at least one line of symmetry. Kids crafted their designs with various polygons made of iron-on material and we used a heat-press to attach it to a class flag. On the back of each flag, we wrote a short description of the ‘inspiration’ behind the design and then counted and classified the polygons used to make the design. It was a mess of a project, but totally worth it! Year 1 students crafted a miniature version of ‘shape city’ where they were tasked with designing a city structure (hospital, jail or firehouse) and then calculate area and perimeter of the furniture/features. Let’s just say if you ever need a prison built: these Gammas REALLY had some creative ideas for building a city jail. (Think: trapdoors and lava pits!) Year 2 students went back for more practice on a not-always-loved skill: long division. We took it above level by learning how to divide with a decimal in the divisor. When we were practicing as a whole-group, I invented this huge random division problem (a 5 digit number divided by 28!) and we ended up having NO remainders. (Extra weird since 7 is a factor of 28!) We decided it best for me to buy a single lottery ticket with these ‘lucky’ numbers (divisor, dividend and quotient.) The kids had BIG plans for the ways we could/would spend the money. Thursday morning, they learned a great math lesson in probability as our ‘magic’ division problem yielded zero numbers that matched the lottery. (Great life lesson for the Gammas! haha!) Both classes ended the week with geometry-focused Jeopardy games. The sportsmanship and teamwork was amazing in both groups!