# Clyde F. Brown Elementary School

## Title 1 Math Family Connection

### What is Title I?

Title I services are provided for all children who qualify as needing assistance regardless of income. Title 1 math instruction is delivered in small groups at each grade level K through 5. Students work with the math specialist or a math tutor to develop specific skills and concepts.

Title I math service is directed to students meeting specific selection criteria. Universal screening and assessment throughout the school year provides an ongoing record of student progress and helps identify students who would benefit from additional targeted instruction.

**1. Provide Encouragement**

Talk about math in a positive way! Encourage effort and celebrate mistakes that contribute to learning.**2. Review Classwork and Homework**

Take an interest in work that your child brings home. Ask them to tell you about what they learned, what challenged them and what they are proud of.

**3. Practice, Practice, Practice Math Facts**

Roll dice or flip playing cards and add, subtract, or multiply the numbers. Play matching games. Use flashcards, mixing in one new fact at a time until there is automatic recall of all of the facts - then add a new one. **4. Connect Math to Real Life**

Look for ways your child can solve problems using math at home and out in the world. Talk about the cost of groceries, of gas, of clothing, etc.**5. Number Talks**

Ask your child to think out loud while doing math problems. Ask them to explain their thinking to you. How did they know what to do? How do they know they have the correct answer?**6. Do Math with Money**

Count coins, make change, regroup and trade for equal amounts using different coins. Figure percent off and how much it would cost to purchase multiple items. Use coins to count by 1, 5, 10 and 25. Use money to represent decimal quantities.**7. Do Math with Time**

Use an analog clock and mark the passing of time. Skip count on the clock, add and subtract, and figure the length of time from start to stop time.**8. Do Math with Manipulatives**

Any concrete object can be a counting tool. Make groups and patterns. Use manipulatives for regrouping.

**9. Play Math Games**

Use dice and playing cards to practice math facts. **10. Online practice**

Encourage your child to practice with XtraMath to develop math fact fluency and IXL to practice specific skills.

### Title I Math Instructors

Caelah Basile - Math Specialist - cbasile@millisschools.org

Glenn Field - Math Tutor - gfield@millissschools.org

Jean Shea - Math Tutor - jshea@millisschools.org

### Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all students at CFB are eligible to receive Title 1 services.

2. What is the criteria for deciding who receives Title I Math services?

All students participate in universal screening at least three times during the school year. The assessments used are AIMSweb for grades K-3 and STAR Math for grades 4-5. Screening helps to identify students who may need additional support. MCAS results, classroom assessments, and teacher recommendations are also analyzed to select students to participate in Title 1 math groups.

3. For how long do students receive Title 1 Math instruction?

The instructional cycles are typically 8-10 weeks long. Student progress is monitored and data is considered at the next data team meeting. A student may participate in one or more than one session during a school year, depending upon their needs.

4. What kind of math work happens during Title 1 math small groups?

Math is best taught using a concrete to representational to abstract approach. Lessons are determined based on student needs. Generally, at younger grades in particular, students may begin with concrete, hands-on activities to develop number sense and an understanding of concepts. At older grades, students may work on developing automaticity with math processes, such as computation.

5. What are some important skills and concepts my child should learn in elementary school?

Each grade level has identified priority standards from the MA Curriculum Framework. These are on your child's report card. In general, students should develop solid number sense and an understanding of quantity. They should have flexible thinking to be able to figure out math facts in various ways and ultimately be able to fluently recall facts.