Math Empowers 2

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grade 2 - Second Trimester 2018 - 2019

DreamBox New Year's Challenge - RESOLUTION TIME!


  1. Let's make a New Years resolution to LOVE MATH & GROW OUR BRAINS! 2019 will kick off with a DreamBox Challenge - the school that demonstrates the most growth will win the district challenge banner.
  2. The competition will start on January 14th and end on February 14th, Valentine's Day! As of right now, 2/14/19 will also be THE 100th DAY of SCHOOL! Be sure to check with your building Math Specialist for any school-based details and incentives.
  3. Want to learn more about DreamBox's approach to student's learning and "How a Little Help Can Go a Wrong Way?" Click here.
  4. Are students having trouble logging on to DreamBox from home? Make sure the correct URL is being used. Type play.dreambox.com/login/kc58 into the address bar and it will link to the Middletown homepage for DreamBox. From there, students can choose their home school.

2-Digit Addition & Subtraction (2.NBT. B5, B6, B9)

Second-trimester lessons are focused on guiding students to apply their knowledge of place value and base 10 as they develop a deep understanding of addition & subtraction. This understanding is built as students routinely create concrete models, act out the regrouping or renaming of numbers, and draw representational pictures. It is essential that this shift from concrete, to representational, to the abstract algorithm be gradual and not rushed. After all, proficiency with the standard algorithm is not an expectation until the end of grade four.

Ideas to Support PLACE VALUE Development/Intervention

  • Keep base ten blocks out daily for personal/group use.
  • Consider using cut up "tiny ten frames" while transitioning to place value when needed. There is usually more buy-in/trust with ten frames than base ten. Therefore, use ten frames to scaffold and lead up to base ten blocks! (Check out this100 made from 10 ten frames)
  • Encourage students to count by hundreds (and some tens) or tens (and some ones) while you model the count. "Let's start with 3 ones and add a 10. What does that make? Here is another 100, and another. What happens if I take a 100 away? What if I take a 10 away or 1 away?"
  • Ask students to predict how many ten sticks could be made from 35 snap cubes... with how many leftover? How about 42 snap cubes? What if we had 95 snap cubes? Show and discuss the patterns. And be sure to repeat these activities LONG AFTER the lessons have passed.
  • Try the Math Learning Center's Digital Place Value Blocks-Number Pieces as a Smartboard tool. Number Pieces helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers.
  • In addition to all the HANDS ON activities, consider Shark Numbers Place Value at your chrome book center. It is easy to differentiate with a variety of levels.
  • See your building math specialist for more support; perhaps modeling a place value based number talk or counting circle!

Follow Steve Wyborney on Twitter!

Steve Wyborney is a K-12 District Math Coach. He has authored 14 books, including The Writing on the Classroom Wall. Steve frequently presents at conferences, connects with fellow educators through Twitter, and shares math instructional strategies and resources through his blog. Throughout his 23 years in education, Steve has earned numerous teaching awards. In 2005, he was named the Oregon Teacher of the Year. Among some of the rich, engaging math tasks that Steve creates are Esti-Mysteries, Splat!, The Estimation Clipboard, and Cube Conversations. Explore his website for more great activities by clicking here. All of his creations are super motivating for students...see your building math specialist for help implementing any of these great activities! Don't forget to follow him on Twitter @stevewyborney.

Questions, concerns, resources to share? Contact:

Valerie DeMatteo

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Harmony Elementary School