Week of February 18th, 2020
Unit Five of Everyday Math contains multi digit multiplication instruction as well as a further development of fraction understanding. Equivalency between fractions and strategies to deepen understanding of multiplication processes are developed. Please continue working on fluency at home in order to ensure more efficient computation of these areas of study.
Everyday Mathematics Unit Four takes an extended look at fraction and mixed number computations. Strategies and procedures to add and subtract various fractional amounts are explored and mastered. Unit 5 also contains numerous measurement activities building upon past experiences. Please continuing working on fluency of the four operations to ensure mastery.
Unit Five of Evryday Math is underway with a concentration on fractions. Addition and subtraction of like and unlike fractions is a major topic of study. Understanding of multiplication and division of fractions is built upon previous experiences. Mixed numbers and the four operations are also major areas of concentration. Please continue developing and practicing basic fluency to allow easier computation of these multi-step procedures
Students have been given access to the Everyday Math through their online portal. Textbooks, student journals, homeLinks assignments and additional practice and videos are availiable to use at home. The log-in information has been taped into each students planner and may be accessed at any time. This online access allows you to print forgotten or lost assignments as well offers an opportunity to practice and rewatch materials to build a concrete understanding of each concept covered in class. I hope you find this material useful as we strive to bring out the best in each of our children.
Homework is a vital tool in helping children learn and master the skills practiced in school. Homework is given daily in math class and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the next days class period. Math Facts in a Flash is a required daily homework component that allows your students to complete problems with less stress, in a quicker amount of time, and with greater accuracy. Please be sure to talk with your students to ensure that homework is being completed and turned in each and every day. Be on the lookout for graded papers which come home on the last day of the week. All assignments my be corrected and returned for an improvement of the grade initially received.
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We are working on fluency in the classroom daily using a variety of methods, but our main tool is the Math Facts in a Flash program. Students are asked to practice online at home at least 10 minutes a night in order to build confidence and automaticity of the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Weekly tests are given on either Thursday or Friday and are included in your childs final grade for math.
Study Island is now up and running for students in grades three through five. Students will begin to receive homework assignments to be completed through this online program. Student log-in information has been passed out and is taped into each students planner. There will be class as well as individual student assignments to be completed. All Study Island work will be either enrichment of the current textbook topic of study, or be based on collected data that identifies areas where students need extra practice to ensure success on the IAR (standardized test) to be taken later in the year. Please make sure that students are working to complete these important practice lessons to ensure we are successfully growing our mathematical skill set.