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Unity Elementary School


Brighton, MA Update: Technology Resources
October 1, 2017

Destination Mathematics
Destination Mathematics is an electronic program
that develops elementary students mathematical
skills and knowledge. It provides course modules in
which the students can access lessons in different
units and do interactive activities. With work out
Teachers Note activities, students can apply the concepts they
Dear Parents, learned to real-life problems. Doing problem-solving
We are working on a unit on in these meaningful contexts help with students
rational numbers. We are using memory of mathematical concepts and strategies. It
Destination Mathematics and develops their critical thinking by giving them
The National Library of Virtual opportunities to try various problem-solving
Manipulatives. I encourage methods. Students can also prepare intensively for
students to extend their learning practice problems by engaging with the lessons
to their homes, because they will step-by-step explanations.
benefit from more exposure to
these resources interactive The students are currently learning about rational
tutorials and problems. numbers and they will use the module on percents.
Technology is so important to Its tutorial for expressing percents as proper
engaging students in mathematics fractions reinforces vocabulary words they have
and meeting the needs of all learned in class, such as fraction, percent, and
learners. I hope you and your decimal. It can improve their skills with expressing
child enjoy checking these fractions by having students solve new types of
resources out! Please contact me if problems. The students will analyze the percentages
you have any questions! and fractions in basketball players profiles.

Miss Chiara Abaquin


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Math News October 1, 2017

They will be taught to express percent into proper fractions by dropping the percentages
and placing the values over 100. Then, they will express the fractions in their lowest
terms, giving students manipulatives to match the fractions and percentages. The
students have defined a rational number as a form a/b where a and b are integers, and b
is not zero, but they are still learning other expressions of rational numbers. It will be
useful for them to see rational numbers as percentages by describing them as a way of
expressing fractions.

Destination Mathematics is useful because shows students if they have met the lesson
objectives by giving feedback about correct and incorrect answers. It also guides the
students problem-solving by incorporating comprehension questions into the activities. It
is not only educational, but entertaining! There are energetic animations, audio, and
characters leading the tutorial. The colorful, interesting visuals make the concepts less
abstract and easier to work with. Finally, Destination Mathematics can be modified to
meet students individual needs and it encourages collaborative learning by having
students do the tutorials together.

Link: http://www.hmhinnovation.com/DM.php
Math News October 1, 2017

The National Library of


Virtual Manipulatives
Percentages Applet
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a website that
promotes students active involvement in their mathematics
instruction. It provides virtual manipulatives for the topics of
Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and
Data Analysis and Probability. It has virtual manipulatives are
appropriate for different grade levels (Pre-K to Grade 12.) The
websites simple design makes it easy to navigate and it shows fun
ways to visualize mathematical concepts.

The students will use the Percentages Applet, which is in the


Numbers and Operations section for 3rd to 5th grade. The
Percentages Applet is great for learning about rational numbers.
Rational numbers involve fractions, decimals, ratios and
proportions. This applet lets students discover relationships
between fractions, percents, and decimals. The students determine
two of the three quantities (Part, Whole, or Percent) and the
The National Library of Virtual computer shows how to calculate for the remaining quantity. The
Manipulatives is a great computer makes a statement about the relationship between the
part, whole, and percent, which is reflected by the fraction in the
resource for students to learn calculations and the percent shown in the Percent Gauge and Pie
different ways to use specific Chart. The students can even experiment by choosing decimals for
manipulatives. For example, the quantities to see how the relationship between these quantities
they have activities for Base changes.
Blocks Addition and Base
This applet is useful because the instruction section encourages
Blocks Decimals. Using this students to tackle problems like 17 is what percent of 85? and
technology at home makes What is the sale price of a $75 dress if there is a 30% reduction?
them more confident in Showing examples of different computations can deepen
problem-solving with understanding of the relationships between fractions, percents, and
decimals. It also has the advantage of having multiple visual
manipulatives in class. Its
representations of the relationships between the quantities. Some
engaging activities help students struggle with interpreting certain visuals, like the pie
students think of more effective chart, and may benefit from looking at other types of visuals.
ways to use manipulatives for a
particular problem. It also has The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a great resource
a parent/teacher section that for students to learn different ways to use specific manipulatives.
For example, they have activities for Base Blocks Addition and
explains how to support Base Blocks Decimals. Using this technology at home makes them
student learning for the grade more confident in problem-solving with manipulatives in class. Its
level. It plans for high quality, engaging activities help students think of more effective ways to
shared problem-solving by use manipulatives for a particular problem. It also has a
parent/teacher section that explains how to support student
describing the uses and each
learning for the grade level. It plans for high quality, shared
manipulative and suggesting problem-solving by describing the uses and advantages of each
appropriate activities. manipulative and suggesting appropriate activities.

Link: http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html