# Baxter's Bulletin

### Forest View & Forest Lake Elementary

## January 2016

## Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!

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 smore.com 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.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Elizabeth Baxter

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

*~Vince Lombardi*

## Kindergarten

## The Big Number Song Counts to 100

## Kindergarten Counting Homework

## First Grade

## Skip Counting by 10, 5, and 2

## Grade 1 Counting Homework

## Second Grade

## Tens Partners, Doubles Facts, and Doubles +1 Facts

## Tens Partners It is powerful to know all of the combinations that make 10. If I know 2 + 8 = 10, I also know 20 + 80 = 100, 200 + 800 = 1,000, and 20,000 + 80,000 = 100,000. | ## Doubles Flashcard 6 + 6 Beyond memorizing facts, we are trying to build understanding by drawing a picture on the backside of our flashcards. This is the learning side of the flashcard. | ## Doubles +1 Flashcard 6 + 7 When Doubles facts are mastered we are making connections to facts that are near doubles. If I know 6 + 6 = 12, then I know 6 + 7 = 13 and is just one more. |

## Tens Partners

## Doubles Flashcard 6 + 6

## Third Grade

## Subtraction Strategies

## Comparison Strategy Subtraction is comparing to find how the numbers are different. | ## Does it Add up? Thinking addition is a strategy for subtraction. | ## Number Line Subtraction Strategy * Count up from the smaller number * Think about tens partners and stop at ten * Use place value to add the part greater than 10 * Add up the parts to find the difference |

## Fourth Grade

## Multiplication and Division by 2

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.

## Flashcards

## Free Custom Printable Flashcard Creator

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

http://www.aplusmath.com/Flashcards/CustomFlashcardCreator.html ## Flashcards of 2 x 7 We are using ten frames to organize the two groups of seven. | ## Flashcard of 14 divided by 2 We are using the part-part-whole graphic organizer to draw pictures and represent division as equal parts. Students are also writing the related multiplication and addition equation to check their answers. | ## 2 Groups of 7 We are using trays as our groups along with money and cubes to build examples of multiplication. |

## Flashcard of 14 divided by 2

## GOAL SHEETS

## For Students in Grades 1 - 4

## Math Minutes

## Favorite Math Apps

## Forest View Elementary (651) 982-8247 | ## Elizabeth Baxter | ## Forest Lake Elementary (651) 982-3200 |