Room 15 News!
Throughout the year, every child (and parent) will hear me stress the
IMPORTANCE of learning math facts. In my classroom, I call them "SNAP FACTS"
because you should know them in a "snap." These facts, whether they be in the
form of flashcards, computer games, or through the use of dice, should be
reviewed EVERY NIGHT for about 5 minutes.
Please understand that all math skills will come easier to a child who knows
I cannot believe we have entered the final marking period. Time definitely
flies when you are having fun and learning! The children continue to amaze me
by using their prior knowledge to learn new math concepts and skills. They
are using concrete materials to gain a deeper understanding of HOW
and WHY math works. Being able to explain mathematical processes is extremely
Through hands-on, student-centered lessons, students are applying their
understanding of mathematics to higher-level thinking problems. The teachers
are amazed with the students' ability to apply these skills to various types
of problems. All students are being challenged to communicate their learning,
persevere through problems, and reason with one another. It
is always so exciting to listen to students explain their answers and prove
why they know they are right. I encourage you to do the same with your
student at home as homework is completed. Don't just check to see that the
work is correct, but ask your child WHY it is correct, and even further engage
in a conversation about proving their answers with manipulatives, pictures, or
abstract reasoning. I continue to love working with all of the students
throughout the school as I watch them explore the world of mathematics.
The amazing children at Heights never cease to amaze me.
Grade 1 students are adding and subtracting numbers to 100! Help them
decompose numbers into tens and ones, line them up using place-value charts,
and practice regrouping.
Grade 2 students are just finishing their unit on telling time! Continue to
practice by asking them to read the clock throughout the day. Next, they will
continue to learn their 3 and 4 times tables! This is a great unit with a lot
of hands-on materials to explore.
Grade 3 students are going to finish learning about area/perimeter and shapes.
When completed, the third graders will continue to learn about various forms
Grade 4 students are also going to complete their units on area and perimeter.
They will then dive a little deeper into learning about decimals, building
numbers with decimals, and comprehending what numbers with decimals mean.
Grade 5 students are learning all about ratios and comparing various
quantities. We will be working on various enrichment activities throughout
The students throughout grades K-5 love the Math-in-Focus program. They are
enjoying all of the cooperative learning activities, as well as the
opportunities to model, build, and create numbers. The
Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract progression has proven to guide the students along
a path to help them towards math success! I am STILL SO EXCITED everyday at
what I am seeing the children achieve inside the classrooms! We look forward
to challenging the students with this exciting approach to
elementary mathematics. Higher level thinking problems are incorporated daily
throughout the wording of individual problems, and overall word problems.
Talk to your children about the math lessons in school, log on to
Thinkcentral, and join the fun!
Math continues to be an exciting and challenging part of every student's day.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at
Always remember to:
1. Come to school everyday ready to create new things, work hard, and have
2. Be prepared. Everyday you should have your:
3. Come to school with a positive attitude and a smile. Attitude counts!