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Currently in Class: We have been learning various strategies in learning our multiplication tables. We learned that multiplication is repeated addition. We have created a multiples booklet to become better at skip counting;example, 4,8,12,16,20. We continue to build word families to see that multiplication and division work together to help us solve word problems. We have created arrays using graph paper. We are now differentiating between multiplication/division word problems and solving them using one of the strategies mentioned above.


Mastery of multiplication tables is necessary in third grade. We will begin timed tests the week of February 17, beginning with the following in this order: 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 11s, and 12s.

A ice cream sundae will be served in April. Ice cream and toppings will be given based on mastery of tables by a given date, (to be determined sometime in April.)




MATH INVESTIGATIONS

Mathematics Investigations in Number, Data, and Space, is a comprehensive K-5 mathematics curriculum, developed at TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts (a non-profit research center that develops high quality instructional materials). It is structured to help all children in making sense of mathematical ideas. The curriculum is designed to support students as they learn to be mathematical thinkers.

Each unit focuses on a content area in depth, providing students with the opportunity to learn and practice math concepts through collaborative work, real-life math connections, and skill reinforcement games. Each unit contains several investigations focusing on a related mathematical idea. Investigations are divided into one hour sessions and each session will have a combination of the following parts: activity, discussion, math workshop, assessment activity, and session follow up. Each session also has a ten minute math activity to be completed outside of math time.


The studies of Investigations in Number, Data, and Space® indicate that students using the Math Investigation Curricula:

· have a better understanding of number and number relationships than

students working with more traditional programs.

· achieve greater accuracy on word problems and on more complex calculations than students in comparison classrooms.

Homework will look different from a traditional math program and may consist of playing a game, which may actually be skill and drill in disguise, or the solving of three or four word problems. Students are asked to explain their reasoning and solutions and solve problems accurately and efficiently by using problem solving methods that are meaningful to them; therefore, homework assignments are richer and more mathematically appropriate.

Parent support is an important part of the process of teaching mathematics. Because the teaching of mathematics has been evolving, as well as the types of jobs and careers available, families may be unfamiliar with the approaches taken by the Investigationscurriculum.

Each student is assigned a Student Math Handbook, which serves as a valuable reference to the math words and ideasintroduced in the curriculum units, as well as game directions for the games in that grade. This handbook is designed to be used both as a resource for students during class work and as a book students can take home for reference while doing homework and playing math games with their families. It is also a reference for families to better understand the work their children are doing in class.


BLAST OFF with Rocket Math!

This year students are going to be spending time daily practicing and learning math facts, beginning in the operation of Addition. Our class will keep working on these facts until everyone knows all the facts in this operation instantly, without any pause before answering. We will be using a program called Rocket Math.

It will take only a few minutes each day of class time, but students will keep working until they have mastered all the facts. A fact is mastered when it can be answered instantly, without any pause. Rocket Math is unique because it teaches only 2 facts and their reverses on each page. For example: 1+1, 2+1, 3+1. The program allows each child to go at his or her own pace, taking as many days to master those two facts as needed. Students are given an opportunity daily to show they have learned a set of facts by passing a test. Once students “pass” a set of facts, they color in the letter for that set on their “Rocket Chart.” We will begin with basic addition facts first, then move to basic subtraction facts.