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MATH NEWS

Your child is responsible for practicing math facts regularly during the week and will be tested Monday and Friday each week. On Monday morning, we call it the cold quiz, because they've never seen the problems. On Friday, they will be quizzed on the same type of problems (the hot quiz) for their grade. Please know we recommend your child practice in a variety of ways to become familiar with both addition and subtraction math facts to 20. Look at the links on our classroom site for some nice math links where you'll find appropriate games for your child. Other ideas to practice facts:

1. Play cards (i.e. Use a deck to make addition and subtraction games; there are also -addition/subtraction WAR decks available).

2. Many board games require the children to count money or other items. Nice family time as well. :-)

3. Math web sites.

4. Fact cards.

5. Target/Dollar Store white boards or dry-erase math fact placemats for practice.

6. Counting items from the kitchen...adding/subtracting groups of items in the household.

7. Counting change.

There are many ways your child can practice. I will continue to add links and additional ideas for your family to review. Most importantly, make it fun. Your child will take the job of practicing more seriously if they sense your support and enthusiasm too. :-)  
** Parents: Please note: On your child's homework packet, you will see math fact study options copied on the back side of the home work assignment sheet. This is being sent home in an effort to give your child more options for practicing their facts nightly . This sheet needs to be initialed weekly. Thank you for your support.

XTRA MATH

XtraMath is a web-based program you can use with your child at home for additional practice. This program is free of charge and is extremely helpful in increasing the speed and accuracy in the area of math fact computation. During the first few days of school I will be sending home a letter inviting your child to spend a few minutes each day practicing their facts on the computer at home. All the information you need will be in the initial letter. Everything your child does at home will be monitored by me. I will be able to see who is practicing, (as well as who is not). If you don't have access to a computer at home, please let me know, and I will be able to give you other suggestions for practicing facts. This is a great opportunity for your child to practice facts in a way that is challenging and fun. They will each have a code to access XtraMath, so be sure to keep that handy. Once they pass addition, they are rewarded with a certificate, and they advance to subtraction. Once they pass subtraction, they advance to multiplication. It's a great incentive to practice in a fun way. 

Math Links to enjoy

www.aplusmath.com

www.funbrain.com (reading and math games)

www.pearsonsuccessnet.com (Scott Foresman Math - you will need password)

www.ixl.com

www.hartcourtschool.com/activity/thats_a_fact - time yourself to become a math wizard

www.visualmathlearning.com - lots of math practice fun

www.coolmathgames.com

Addition and Subtraction Tools and Strategies We Use:

Manipulatives:

These are hands-on materals we use in class for math.

Hundred Chart:

A chart of 1-100 that many students like to use for adding and subtracting. They are better able to visualize the pattern of adding or subtracting tens. You can find a 100 chart to print out on-line at (apples4theteacher.com)

Base Ten Blocks:

These are used to build numbers and solve problems. Students also draw base ten blocks to show their thinking when solving a problem. Base ten blocks help students decompose (or take apart) numbers to show 100's, 10's, and 1's.

Number Lines:

Number lines are created to solve problems. Students may use increments of ones, or use more efficient increments of tens. For example, in the problem 68 + 15, students would begin the number line at 68 and hop ten 68 + 10 = 78 then hop 5 +5 for final sum of 83

Drawing Pictures

This is a useful strategy for solving story problems. This is the best tool for visualization and understanding of a problem. After a drawing, the student will then be asked to write a number sentence that tells about it.

Showing Work

It is important to show your work and thinking. Students are required to show their work in pictures, numbers, words, or a combination of these things so I know how they arrived at their answer(s).

Strategies:

1. Use a 100 chart

2. Use number lines

3. Use doubles (Example: 7+8, say 7+7 = 14, so 7+8 = 15)

4. Use addition to solve subtraction (Example: 13-9, 9+4 = 13, so 13-9 = 4)

5. Counting on

6. Counting back