Merrill Elementary Math Update
March / April 2020
We are growing mathematicians this year!
Make sense of problems and persevere in their problem solving.
Attend to precision in their work.
Reason and explain their thinking.
Model and use tools to solve problems.
Look for structure and patterns to use in solving other problems.
There are 4 key components of our Bridges math curriculum:
Number Corner: Daily calendar with lessons that provide a spiral of key concepts throughout the year.
Problems and Investigations: Daily lessons done in class with the teacher.
Work Places: Daily independent and partner activities that provide opportunities to apply, extend, or remediate new learning.
Home Connections: Homework to provide practice of grade level learning goals; this will vary depending on grade level.
What can you do to support math at home?
Talk positively about math with your kids (Even if you disliked it!).
Inspire a growth mindset by asking questions focused on the idea of learning as a process and taking one step at a time.
Ask your child to start with one thing they do know that might help him/her.
Stick with it…...children need to see that math is not about speed, it’s about problem solving and figuring things out like a puzzle or video game.
Helpful videos from our Merrill Family Math Night
Pictures from Merrill Family Math Night: Games Make Learning Fun!
Making tens during I Sea 10!
Matching colors, quantity, or shape in a great game of Blink!
Working together by adding and subtracting in a game of Sum Swamp!
Reading a book about math together!
Making tens during a game of Ten on the Spot!
Adding and subtracting two digit numbers in a game of Sequence Numbers!