This week in seminar we began investigating the trajectory to Mars. Students learned that a trajectory is a way to get from one place to another, like a map through space. Our spacecraft, the TommyKnocker, has a navigational computer that has produced three possible trajectories to take us from the WOOSE Space Station to Mars and back. The students began learning about these three options, which include a sprint mission, a conjunction mission, and a gravity assist mission. Next week we will look closely at the pros and cons of each trajectory, before selecting one for our mission to Mars.
This week the students were also introduced to the math independent study/practice option. Students learned various math games that reinforce fact fluency skills in the areas of addition, subtraction, and multiplication. One of the games can be easily played at home using a deck of cards. Directions are listed below!
Name that Number Game Directions:
*Shuffle the deck of cards and remove kings, queens, jacks, and aces.
- Place five cards face up. Leave the rest of the deck facedown.
- Lay down the top card from the deck. The number on this card is the *Target Number*.
- Taking turns, players try to equal the target number by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing using the five face up cards. You must use between 2 and 5 cards to equal the target number. Challenge your child by encouraging them to use as many cards as possible.
- A successful player takes the cards used, and takes the target number.
- Replace the used cards/target number card by drawing cards from the top of the facedown pile.
- Play continues until all facedown cards have been turned over. The player who has the most cards at the end is the winner.
Watch the video below for additional step-by-step directions!