Baxter's Bulletin

Forest View & Forest Lake Elementary

February 2016

Dear Parents and Students,

You are receiving this newsletter because I am your child's math teacher during TARGET Time. Over the past year, I have been playing with the features of an online newsletter offered on and I am excited to share with you my first newsletter. In effort to communicate more clearly about what students are learning during TARGET Time for math, I will be emailing a monthly newsletter in addition to the bi-weekly Goal Sheets you have already been receiving. Please keep in mind that the information is intended for all of my students in grades K-4. Overall, my hope is to spread more information about math education and the resources available to families. Please take a moment to complete the Google Form at the end of the newsletter to let me know if this type of newsletter is helpful to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if you have general questions or specific concerns regarding your child's progress in math this year. I can be reached by phone or email. I am also available before or after school if you would prefer to talk in person.


Mrs. Elizabeth Baxter

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence"

~Vince Lombardi


Ernie & Bert - Pizza and Grape Juice

Math Vocabulary - More, Less, and Equal

I am still a fan of Sesame Street and after all these years I still remembered this clip. Thanks to the internet I was able to find it to share with my kindergarteners as we are learning about more, less, and equal. We are building quantities and making comparisons. Students need to be able to answer questions like, "What is one more than 8? What is two more than 12? What is one less than 6? What is two less than 15?"

Kindergarten Counting Homework

Students have the opportunity to earn Bee Tickets for the school store by going above and beyond when they complete the counting homework outside of the school day. Students may return the form any time.


Skip Counting by 10, 5, and 2

First graders have been working on skip counting by 10's, 5's, and 2's. We have been using money to help us count various combinations and have found our favorites games to practice these skills. Below is a link to the Pennies and Nickels game that was sent home. Students really enjoy trading pennies for nickels and counting how much money they have. This game has also helped us to learn how to count on from from numbers like 5, 10, and 15. We spend a lot of time counting from 1 and it is challenging for most students to start counting on from larger numbers.

Grade 1 Counting Homework

Student have the opportunity to earn Bee Tickets for the school store by going above and beyond when they complete the counting homework outside of the school day. Students may return the form any time.


Tens Partners, Doubles Facts, and Doubles +1 Facts

We are learning addition strategies to help us understand the parts of numbers. Below are some examples.


Subtraction Strategies

This fall we have devoted most of our time learning strategies for addition and subtraction. Strategies are different ways to join and separate quantities that help us to be more accurate and eventually faster to achieve the ideal goal of automatic recall.


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Multiplication and Division by 2


We begin each lesson with daily practice of flashcards made by students. As we master each set of facts, students will bring them home to share with you. We will learn the multiplication facts in the following order: facts of 2, 10, 5, 0, 1, 4, 8, 3, 6, 9, 11, and 12.

Free Custom Printable Flashcard Creator

This is the site I use to print the flashcards that I send home for additional practice.


For Students in Grades 1 - 4

Please look for the Goal Sheets as they come home about every other week. Students determine what math skills they would like to get better at and write them as "I can" statements. When they have mastered the skill, they place a checkmark in the box next to the statement to check off the skill. At the end of our daily lessons, we pause to reflect. Students write individual reflections about what they are learning. So when you ask your child, "What did you learn today?", my hope is that this goal sheet will help your child communicate about what they are learning during math TARGET time. Students have the opportunity to return the signed sheet to earn a Bee Ticket for the school store.
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One students has earned 6 tickets and completed 180 minutes!
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Free Apps from The Math Learning Center

We use these apps daily on the iPads and on the computers with the web apps.