I can not believe my first year as a pirate is almost over already! I am so thankful for all the support that has made it possible for the math lab to have as many resources and opportunities as it has already have in just the first year! I am blown away with the resources that we have been able to purchase due to the generosity of the PMES community!
We only have 13 more school days so that means I will only see the students 1-3 more times this year due to all the end of the year fun activities.
Here is what we are working on:
Kindergarten: Measuring length with various objects and comparing length of different items.
1st Grade: Telling time to the half hour. This is a hard concept for first graders to master! It might be a good one to review this summer.
2nd Grade-5th Grade: We have been playing games, solving mysteries, and escaping rooms to review their grade level content standards. This week we will have our final 24 tournament for the year.
I am amazed at how much growth I have seen in our Pirates this year and know that they are going to do a great job on the upcoming Milestones! To help students be as prepared and confident as possible I will be doing some test prep lesson in Math Lab with 3rd-5th graders. We will work on some test taking strategies, practice another type of constructed response, and look at some words that they might encounter on the test and what they mean(see picture below for the 12 Powerful Words).
I am going to start working with 1st and 2nd graders on writing constructed responses using a graphic organizer this month. 1st and 2nd graders will also be working on addition strategies.
Kindergarten will continue to work on addition and number sense using manipulatives. PTA bought us a class set of Rekenreks recently and the students are getting a lot of number sense and addition practice on them. They are great for working with the benchmark numbers of 5 and 10!
I hope to have information about the 2019-2020 Math Olympiad team some time this month. I am looking for feedback on next year's shirt, the survey can be found here. The team will be open to 4th and 5th graders.
I can not believe we are almost to the final 9 weeks of the school year. PTA and the Foundation have both been so generous to the Math Lab, I am blown away with all the resources they have gifted us in the first year! I just ordered more games for every grade level and look forward to introducing them to the kids this month. Thank you for all your generosity with all the fundraisers, the money is really enhancing the instruction we are able to do at PMES!
Kindergarten- We will focus on counting on from different numbers and work on addition
1st Grade- Relating addition to subtraction.
2nd Grade- Working on bridging to multiples of 10 in addition
3rd Grade- Using compensation to subtract when the subtrahend has an 8 or 9 in the ones place.
4th Grade- Using building up and building down when multiplying a number with 6 or 9 in the ones place. Test Taking Strategies.
5th Grade- Multi-digit Multiplication. Test Taking Strategies.
2nd-5th graders will be having a 24 tournament the second week in March.
Kindergarten: Different ways to represent numbers
1st Grade: Modeling 2 digit numbers with base ten blocks
2nd Grade: Doubles Plus 2 for Addition
3rd Grade: Compensation Strategy for Subtraction
4th Grade: Building Down when Multiplying by 9
5th Grade: Mental Math Division Strategies
Next week will be the first week I draw a winner for the Weekly 24 Challenge. I am excited and hope a lot of kids will participate!
Wish List: We use skinny dry erase markers in the lab constantly and are running low.
I can not believe we are already in the second semester! Here is what is going on in the Math Lab for January.
Kindergarten: Representing numbers in various ways and Decomposing numbers
1st Grade: Fact Families
2nd Grade: Doubles Plus 1 and Doubles Plus 2
3rd Grade: Using multiples of 10 when subtracting (Example 12-7= First change the 13 to a 10 and do 10-7=3. Then add on the 2 more to make 5)
4th Grade: Finish up doubling when multiplying by 2, 4, or 8 and work on doubling one of the factors and halving the other factors when multiplying bigger numbers.
5th Grade: Reviewing Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple to help them be successful with fractions in the classroom.
We are still working on finishing up the 24 tournament for the 2nd quarter and will post the results once we are finished.
We are so thankful for the iPads in the Math Lab. We used them daily in November to enhance what we are working on in the lab! I want to share some of the Apps that we have used because several of the students have expressed they want to add some of the apps on their personal devices. I am only listing the ones that would be good for individual use and not ones that require a teacher setting up the activities. Some of the apps we have on the iPads are Math Slide (Place Value for younger students and Basic Facts for older students), Prodigy, Sushi Monster, MADS 24, Twenty48 Solitaire, Math Math, KaKooma, KenKen, SpeedDrill, Ten Frame Mania (for primary students), and Math Learning Center Manipulatives (this is a great resource to have so that your student can use virtual manipulatives at home when completing homework).
What are we doing in the lab this month-
Kindergarten: We are continuing to work on decomposing numbers (Ex. 5 can be broken into 0 and 5, 1 and 4, 2 and 3).
1st Grade: We are continuing to work on 10 More and 10 Less. (10 more than 43 is 53 and 10 less than 43 is 33)
2nd Grade: We are working on using double facts to solve near double facts in addition (Ex. I know that 4+4=8 so 3+5 is also 8)
3rd Grade: We are working on building on double facts to help us in subtraction (Ex. I know that 5+5=10 so 11-5 will be one more than 10-5 so it is 6)
4th Grade: Triple Double when Multiplying by 8 (Ex. 32 X8=, I know 32+ 32=64, 64+64=128, and 128+128=256 so 32X8=256)
5th Grade: Doubling and Halving (Ex. 14X5 is the same as 7 X 10 so both are equal to 70)
2nd-5th grade will have the 2nd Quarter 24 Tournament in December. The 24 card game makes a great stocking stuffer if they are in stock (sometimes they are hard to find in stock, especially the primer version).
We were able to accomplish a lot in October including our first 24 Math tournament for 2nd-5th graders. The Math Lab received 13 iPads at the end of last week and they are now set up and ready to be used to enhance the lessons we are doing in the lab. Thank you to all the parents for their generosity and to the foundation for their hard work in making this happen for our Pirates!
Here is what we are working on in the lab in November in addition to problem solving and writing constructed responses to go with our problem solvers.
Kindergarten: Decomposing(breaking numbers apart)
1st Grade: We will continue to look at 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less on a hundreds chart
2nd Grade: Adding double facts and near double facts
3rd Grade: Subtracting double facts and near double facts
4th Grade: Double, double again when multiplying by 4 and Double, double, double a third time when multiplying by 8
5th Grade: Finish up dividing by 8 by Half, half again, half a third time and start working on adjusting both the dividend and divisor to make an easier division problem.
September flew by but we were able to get a lot of math practice in the math lab!
In October we will continue to work on problem solving and writing constructive responses and by the end of the month fourth and fifth graders will be working on multistep problems.
During conference week, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will participate in their first official 24 tournament. I am posting weekly 24 challenges to help them get ready for the competition and they are able to play in the lab when the finish their work early. You can click on the "24 challenge" category to see past challenges and suggested apps for practicing 24.
Here is what our focus will be at each grade level for Mental Math Strategies:
Kindergarten: Subitizing and Ten Frames
First Grade: One/Ten More and One/Ten Less on a hundreds chart
Second Grade: Double Facts for Addition
Third Grade: Using Double Facts for Subtraction
Fourth Grade: Doubling (X2), Double, Double (X4), and Double, Double, Double (X8)
Fourth grade will also work on subtracting across zeros using manipulatives
Fifth Grade: Halving (/2), Half, Half Again (/4), and Half, Half Again, Half Again (/8)