It’s never been better to get to try something new, especially when it comes to academic learning and this round is it. In these 7 weeks, we were taught about volume of cubic objects, percentages, angles and data analysis. I found Data Analysis most interested, because this is one of the school lessons that could be applied to real life, so by paying a lot of attention to this topic is worth it and it makes the most of the my learning as well. We actually did a project with three members in a team and we chose a question to ask to collect data and complete the project as seen below.
In the middle of round 3, we got our new book, the 5B. We then started learning the first lesson of the book; decimals. Fraction and decimals obviously are related, because they are both used to count partial numbers, just that we sometimes prefer one over another, which is totally fine. We first learned the basic terminology and just required things that we need to know about decimals before learning how to do operations between decimals and decimals or decimals and whole numbers. Afterwards, we studied on how to convert between fractions and decimals back and forth. Of course, we then do practices; mostly we have assignments with due dates on Khan Academy, a self-learning online tools that students and educators could use to help their learning. We already finished learning decimals and we’ll continue the next lesson next round.
As the new round starts, new lessons are being introduced. We mostly focused on area and perimeter of different polygons, like triangles and rectangles. Aside from learning new things, we were also given a lesson on code.org that is related to algebra. I found the lesson really helpful, as we are now introducing to algebra little by little. The code.org lesson is just something we could do outside of class, just for extra practice for algebra. On the last unit of the book, we learned about ratios and did some fun projects relating to budgeting, recipes and number of students and staffs in school. To make sure we understand the content, we did a lot of exercises that includes word problems; word problems are sometimes very tricky, but I really think word problems are the best, because they help me both with the math and the words usage with math. I found this round really interesting and excited and I’m even more excited for the new book, 5B.
This year we start a new book called “Primary Mathematics Workbook 5A”, which is from Singapore. This round, we reviewed a lot of things we learned last year such as; factors and multiples, calculations with parentheses etc… Something new I really like learning this round is methods for mental calculation, because this could really apply to real life living. I also really calculating without using a calculator or a paper; I usually only use my brain to calculate smaller numbers, so learning some of these methods really help me a lot with my learning and daily life. We actually got introduced a bit to algebra, which would be the hardest topic I’ve learned this round. I find it hard to learn, but it is very useful, if we know how to use it correctly. I really look forward to learn even more fun and useful topics in the future.