Classwork today required students to once again think about factors & multiples of numbers to identify GCF & LCM. The numbers on today’s work were much more reasonable than homework from earlier this week. Additionally, nine problems were included asking students to reduce fractions to their simplest forms.
All this foundational work is required before we move into our study of fractions. Fractions are a HUGE skill in sixth grade math and new Common Core Standards we have shifted to require a working knowledge of factors & multiples as a prerequisite skill for fractions. So I understand the learning of GCF & LCM has been quite challenging & rather frustrating for my math students and that’s okay. One of the ways children learn is by struggling & stretching their minds to think in ways they aren’t used to thinking. So thank you for understanding the struggle and pushing your students to stick with it!
Students were given this classwork assignment today with the intention of completing it during class. For the most part, students worked diligently to complete the assignment but unfortunately, not all students used their time during class wisely. For this reason, what should have been only classwork turned in to homework for these students. This assignment will be checked on Monday for a grade.