ARRAY-zing MATH!!!!

You might have guessed it by the title of this post- we are learning about arrays in math! We have built arrays and talked about the repeated addition sentences that we can create with the rows and columns. This is such a foundational part of multiplication!

Here we are having fun BUILDING arrays!

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To help us remember that rows are horizontal (go across) and columns are vertical (up and down) we learned this little chant:

Row and Column Chant

For additional resources on learning about arrays/multiplication, click on one of these websites:

Happy Learning!

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Vivaldi and the Reason for the Seasons

To go with our science unit on the seasonal cycles, we listened to some of  Vivaldi’s famous compositions known as the 4 Seasons. As we listened to these songs, the students drew their mental images. It was a fun way to incorporate music and art into our science lessons! And boy we have some creative kiddos in our classroom!

We also watched a short video clip explaining WHY we have the seasons!

And a short note about the upcoming musical here at Ascent:

Tickets are now on sale for our Spring musical Seussical Jr.  Performances are April 23, 24, 25 and 27. Tickets are $4/person (ages 4 and under are free) and seating is general. Tickets can be purchased online at, simply search events for Ascent Academy.  Groups of 5 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate, but need to contact Mr. Langlois to purchase those tickets.  For group rates or questions please email

Happy Learning!

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Repeated Addition Homework Help

Sophia showed us how to do our homework tonight!


Module 6 Lesson 3 Homework Video

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Today in science we had some fun getting messy! We made landforms with dirt and made predictions about the effects that water would have on the sediment. It was cool to see erosion in action!
Here is a little video we watched in class:

Have a great weekend!

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First Collaborative Wiki Page: ROCKS

Tonight’s homework is WIKI work! YAY! We are going to be editing a collaborative page about Rocks. Every student is divided into a group and will be working on that’s group Rocks page. Each student needs to contribute at least 1 fact to their page. It would also be fun to include pictures if your child knows how to do it!

Make sure your child includes their name after their rock/mineral fact so it looks something like this example from a previous year’s Antarctica Wiki Page:

1. The land there is ice. by Jessalyn
2. The weather is cold. by Breanna
3. There are penguins in Antarctica. by Gilberto
4. They have glaciers there. by Takiah

Watch this short video for a more detailed description of our homework.

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Arrow Way: Adding and Subtracting Multiples of 100

We worked hard today in math learning more about the arrow way when we add and subtract numbers. The arrow way is a step in helping kids do math mentally. Some of our kiddos have reached the point where they can do this! Other students are working hard and are doing great but need a little more practice.

We watched this short video to help us today during our math assignment, and it may be helpful for them to watch again for their homework tonight.

If the homework is completely overwhelming your child, consider doing the following activity instead:

Start at any 3 digit number. Ask your child to tell you what the number would be if you had 10 more/100 more or 10 less/100 less. It will be VERY helpful if your child has a visual- so printing or making place value cards will help greatly. (Click here to download a printable pdf of place value cards) We used a flip chart today and it helped a TON. Students were able to flip the numbers as they added and subtracted 10s and 100s.



I know that this isn’t everyone’s favorite strategy- but it’s important that we are familiar with how it works. I think we are doing pretty good at it!!!

Happy Learning!

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Parents- it’s that time of year again! Please take a moment to sign up for conferences. If a conference time is not chosen by next Friday I will assign you a time.

Conference Sign Up

Thanks! Have a great day!

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Three Digit Subtraction Rules

We have been working SO hard on different subtraction strategies. There are three subtraction rules that we have learned in class.

When we have a double or triple digit algorithm where we need to subtract, we first look at the ones place.

If the 2 numbers in the ones place are the same- then zero is the game! We have learned that we just write a zero, and then go right on to the tens place.

If the number on the top of the algorithm is bigger than the bottom number, we have learned the rule “More on the top- no need to stop!” We can just subtract!

If the number on the top of the algorithm is smaller than the bottom huber, we have learned the rule “More on the floor? Go next door, get ten more

Here is a pdf that will show you these three rules (This would be great to print and use as a reference while doing homework) subtraction strategies

Last week I noticed we were struggling with subtracting across zeros (like 100-24). So I came up with one more subtraction rule that should help us. This rule only applies if you have to borrow, or go next door to get ten more. “When you go next door and a zero is in the way, box all the tens and take one of them away.” Our kids did SO great today in class using this strategy! We are experts at boxing those tens!!! Now we just need to work on using these strategies at the correct times.

Here is a pdf that will help you understand this rule more: box the tens

Tomorrow we take our end of module test and then we move on to subtracting bigger and better numbers! 🙂

Happy learning!

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We are WIKI-tastic!

I just wanted to let you all know how GREAT your kiddos are at editing their wikis! It has been so fun to read through them and I know our class likes reading the pages of their friends.

We will be starting collaborative pages on our wiki soon and from what I have seen so far- we are going to do amazing things!!!!

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The Wonderful World of Classroom Wikis!

Why wiki?

A wiki is an online, collaborative website that will allow your child to view and edit data, collaborate with others, upload student work, and more. We are going to be working on our wiki more in depth throughout the year, but I thought we would start small and work on editing individual portfolio pages.

Every student has their own wiki portfolio page that is only viewable if I added you as a member. This was important to me for privacy reasons- so rest assured your child’s information isn’t accessible to just anyone! Your child’s username is their first name and 4 digit school number with no spaces. The password is the same as MobyMax- email me if you forgot and I will let you know.

Accessing Class Wiki

Once your child has logged on to the wiki, they can start editing pages. They will just click on the word “portfolios”, find and click on their name, and click on “edit” on the top right hand side of the page. Your child needs to answer the questions on that page. Once the edits are done, click on save. That’s it!

How to Edit Wiki Page

If your child accidentally deletes their entire page (this has happened before) I can easily revert the page to a previous version. No harm done! I love that our wiki will save all the versions of an edit AND it will let me know who is logged on and working on their page.

Please email me if you have any questions.  And have fun editing those wiki pages! I can’t wait to see what your child adds to their page today. 🙂


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