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From: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:12 AM -0500
Subject:Fun with Math
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Grade 7/8 students at Bruce Peninsula District School are enhancing their math skills by learning about percentage and ratio in fun and colourful ways.  Recent class activities have focused on sorting and grouping objects to find the percentage, fraction, decimal and ratio of each group.  For example, the students were tasked with sorting Skittles candies by colour, and then determining the percentage, fraction, and decimal of each colour before applying the results to a circle graph.  

Math is better when it is hands-on, appealing to kinesthetic and visual learners.  Even for students who do not require visuals, this approach helps to reinforce conceptual thinking and promote a deeper understanding of what a percentage is and what it means, thus leading to proportional reasoning.

Bruce Peninsula District School is hosting a special math workshop for parents/guardians and students in grades 4 to 10 on Thursday, February 18th at 5:00 p.m.  It is an opportunity to learn how hands-on math and using manipulatives helps develop mathematical thinking, so that parents/guardians can be better equipped with the tools to help their children with math at home.      

Image of grade 7/8 students working together in the classroom to sort and then determine percentage and ratioImage of grade 7/8 students working together in the classroom to sort and then determine percentage and ratio
Image of grade 7/8 students working together in the classroom to sort and then determine percentage and ratioImage of grade 7/8 students working together in the classroom to sort and then determine percentage and ratio
Image of grade 7/8 students working together in the classroom to sort and then determine percentage and ratio