Baxter's Bulletin

Forest View & Forest Lake Elementary

January 2016

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to school as we begin a new year. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing break with family and friends. Time always seems to go by too quickly.

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


The Big Numbers Song

The Big Number Song Counts to 100

Counting, counting, and more counting. Every day we count during TARGET Time for math. There are several reasons why this video is worthwhile. This video counts slow and steady while displaying the word form of all the numbers. The song also pauses on all of the decade numbers which are often the most challenging. Learning to read the word form along with counting helps students to establish a foundation as we begin to see the patterns and make connections to the quantities. Often students say 40 when then mean 14. The teen numbers are tricky because when we say them fast they can sound like other numbers. This video helps to clear up this misunderstanding as they see teen versus ty in the spelling of the number.

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.

First Grade

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.

Second Grade

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.

Third Grade

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.

Fourth Grade

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Multiplication and Division by 2

We will continue to focus on addition and subtraction strategies as we begin to learn more about multiplication and division. We have a solid understanding about the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction. Students have enjoyed checking subtraction with addition. I remember one student commenting that this is fun and that it's just like magic! Often, I ask, "Does it Add Up?" I like to remind students that they are a human calculator and that they can check all answers with the opposite operation. This same relationship will be reinforced as we learn division and check our answers with multiplication.

We read the multiplication symbol X as "groups of" instead of just "times" because this helps us to visualize quantities. Students have been using pennies, cubes, and ten frames to build groups of 2. This week we will be reading the book Two of Everything about a magic pot that doubles everything that fall into it.


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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Math Minutes

One student has earned 6 tickets and completed 180 minutes!
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Favorite Math Apps