Family Math Letter

New Unit: Application of Geometry

Essential questions:

1. How do you find the area of a triangle?

2. How can you find the area of a polygon by breaking it into simpler shapes?

3. How can you solve problems by drawing polygons in the coordinate plane?

4. How can you use nets to find surface areas?

5. How do you find the volume of right rectangular prisms?

Vocabulary:

Polygons Triangles Quadrilaterals Special quadrilaterals

Volume Right Rectangular Prisms Compose/decompose

Vertex Pentagon Hexagon Heptagon Octagon

Net Surface Area Pyramid Regular Polygons

Rhombus Parallelogram Rectangle Square

Enrichment:

1. Create your own visual dictionary of the vocabulary words.

2. Write a story for primary school students that help them understand the

characteristics of the shapes.

3. Play a geometry game. You can find some on http://www.math-

play.com/Geometry-Math- Games.html

4. Create your own nets. Cut them out and see if they work.

5. Download nets from http://www.kidzone.ws/math/geometry/nets/index.htm

or http://www.senteacher.org/wk/3dshape.php.

Family Math Bonus: Figure This! #45. Three squares: When can two squares

become a new square? Bring in your families results for a homework pass.

http://www.figurethis.org/challenges/c45/challenge.htm

Model Algebraic Equations with a Balance: http://www.mathplayground.com/AlgebraEquations.html

SBAC Practice

Hello Mathematicians!

Each week we will study CCSS objectives. The concept we cover in class will be evidenced on our class notes each day. Don't forget each day's class notes are color coded and match that night's homework. If you get stuck all you have to do is look at the notes that are the same color as the homework and you can find help. Don't forget we will have a POM (Point of Mastery) each Friday on the concepts covered that week.

Here's to a great year of math!

Below are some links that will be helpful during our study of math this year and some just for fun too!

**LEARNZillion**

Graphic organizer for Learn Zillion tutorial videos

Halloween Math

iXL

Graphic organizer for Learn Zillion tutorial videos

Halloween Math

iXL

Click the iXL link to work at home and school on a wide range of math skills.

We currently in our first unit of study: "Expressions."

This unit includes:

-Exponents

-Writing Algebraic Expressions

-Identifying Parts of an Expression

-Evaluating Expressions

-Equivalent Expressions

In our next Unit, "Equations," we will concentrate on the following concepts/topics:

-Solving Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Equations

-Using Substitution to Check Solutions

-Analyzing Relationships Between Variables Using Equations,

Tables, Graphs

Some other helpful math web sites:

Virtual Nerd

Purple Math

Khan Academy

Cool Math

Shmoop

Math Playground

XP Math

**Practice your facts with the Math Magician!:**XtraMath-Fact Practice Math Fact Practice

**Decimal Numbers Games:**

Decimal Compare Ordering Decimals Comparing and Ordering Decimals

Math Frog

Fun math games for every math concept in grade 5!

KhanAcademy

These websites have lots of videos that will help further our study of math this year. They are great for homework too! These sites are great for Moms and Dads too!