Math | Grades 4-8 | Week of March 16

This week we learn about decimals, multiplication and division.

At-Home Learning: PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming with digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. Below are digital resources you can access to continue learning at home.

Curriculum-Related Programming

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Below, find digital resources you can access to expand your learning at home.

 

This week we learn about decimals, multiplication and division. Here are some resources to help:

Programming Highlights

This week we learn about Decimals, Multiplication and Division by examining the “Breakthrough: The Ideas that Changed the World” episode “The Robot,” which covers the creation of one of the most common and helpful robots: the calculator.

Related Content

The idea of division
First, there was addition, then, to speed things up: multiplication. So what’s division? Sal from the Khan academy teaches us that the key to understanding division is its opposite: multiplication.

Introduction to multiplication
Watch as a fuzzy squirrel teaches the basics of multiplication using her favorite snack: acorns!

Western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) of Griffith Park| Courtesy of Gerry Hans

 

Lesson Plans

Division of Fractions: Connection Between Fractions and Division

Learning math is easier with a spoonful of sugar, or is it a cup of sugar? In any case, to learn about fractions and divisions, it’s helpful to have a real-life visual representation. Watch how.

How Henrietta Swan Leavitt Helped Build a Yardstick to Measure the Universe

Robots are cool and all, but did you know some of the first computers were real women? Meet Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who helped calculate the size of the universe.

Mount Wilson at sunset. | Still from Lost LA S4 E5: “Discovering the Universe – Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson.”
Edward Pickering and Williamina Fleming supervising the ‘women computers’ c.1891. | Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian, Photographic Glass Plate Collection

An Origami Moment: Mathematics Meets Paper Folding in Los Angeles

What does math have to do with origami? A lot, it seems. Find out what aspect of the ancient art drives software engineers and physicists to turn into origami artists

Mosely Snowflake Fractal at the USC Libraries | Photo: Nathan Masters.

 

 

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At-Home Learning Tips

As students adjust to new learning methods at home, remember that this is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your child. Here are some tips for parents on balancing their children’s screen time with other fun and educational activities.