Have you ever decifractated a fraction? You probably have, but most likely you didn’t use that word to describe the process. The Decifractator is a little web application that converts fractions into decimals. It can be useful for playing with equivalent fractions and looking for links between fractions and decimals. I found it along with a number of other really neat Flash based math apps on a website for a school called Ambleside across the Atlantic over in Cambria in the UK. I’ll forgive them for referring to Mathematics as “maths” and for spelling colour with that superfluous U because they have an absolutely amazing website. It looks like the school has a strong focus on computer work and programming, and there are many examples of both student and teacher created applications. Take a look at their Math page here. If you have children of other ages, take a look and see what else they have to offer, it’s all pretty fun stuff.
In other news today, we elected our class representatives. Thanks to all those that ran. It was a very close race and all of the candidates were highly qualified. However, there was only space for 3, so our classroom representatives will be Sachi, Shay, and Maria. Congratulations to the three of you. Don’t forget about the special Thursday meeting tomorrow after school from 3:30 to 4:30.
I had a parent come in this morning and ask about Middle School preference forms. I’m still learning the ropes about the process, but I investigated the matter and found that the forms are to be submitted to the Admissions Office at 1835 Allston Way by Friday, February 6th. If you have any questions, you can ring them at 644-6504. Also, some students and faculty from Longfellow will be visiting BAM on Friday from 9:30 to 10:10 to present to the fifth graders at BAM. If you’d like to come and listen parents are welcome, although the presentation will be geared towards the kids.
- Mathematics: study link 103 – decimals to mixed number fractions. For an added component, create a corresponding column for a simplified fraction and an improper fraction to the table.
- Reading: read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.
- Other: (Some students who had been absent – finish rough draft of resolution essay)