Wow! What a week. To say it has been a week from you know where would be an understatement! We all have them….you know, the ones where EVERYTHING bad that is going to happens all happens at once?! I have been sick, we have had no heat, my autistic son has a science fair project to finish, I spill water on my laptop and the keyboard no longer works, My father-in-law is out of town so they need me to come in to the office and do some of his work for him (family-run business), I come home to a septic tank back-up that has flooded our bathroom, etc., etc., etc. To be honest, I am really enjoying taking a moment to get away from it get back to my blogging! It gets me away from everything else, at least for the moment!
So, here we go! This week’s Math Madness Wednesday topic is Decomposing numbers. What does that mean? Basically, it means taking numbers apart. This can be as simple as decomposing simple addition problems (5 + 3 = 8) or as intermediate as decomposing fractions (1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 = 3/8). Decomposing is important to teach because truly understanding what numbers mean and what they stand for will lead to a deeper understanding of future math concepts.
So, what does decomposing look like in the classroom? Many teachers start with number bonds.