# Math Explorations

## Snacks and Napkins- Still needed (Mar. 9 2017)

If you haven't sent any snacks in awhile, we are still accepting donations. We are in need of snacks and lunch sized napkins. We have 4 huge boxes of goldfish, so anything else is fine! Examples: fruit snacks, popcorn, rice crispy treats, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, pretzels, graham crackers, Ritz crackers, sun chips, veggie straw, veggie chips, raisins, etc...Get creative.

## Unit 7 test

Unit 7 wasn't too difficult. We need to continue to work on time, but that is not a surprise as this is hard for kindergartners. Please take time to review the test and Open Response with your child. They came home with the test yesterday. Our next Unit is pretty short as well and you will see another review packet coming home next week!

## Coming up in Unit 8

This Unit is a short one also!!

• Counting and exchanging coins
• dollar
• Place Value to 100
• addition and subtraction number stories
• making change
• equal shares
• fractions (fractional part as a whole, fraction notation)
• finding fractional parts of collections (i.e. pennies)

## Practice through Games

Games are an essential component of practice in the Everyday Mathematics program. Games offer skills practice and promote strategic thinking. I sent home your child's log-in card to play the Everyday math games online (link is below)! Here are the games we'll focus on this unit followed by the skill it practices:

• Coin Top-it: counting and exchanging coins
• One-dollar exchange: exchanging coins and bills
• beat the calculator: addition facts
• Base-10 Exchange: Place Value
• 3,2,1 Game: Subtraction
• Difference Game: Subtraction
• Coin Exchange: exchanging coins
• Addition top-it: finding and comparing sums

## Math Facts

I am seeing strong fact power in this class!! Keep up the good work!!

We are still practicing strategies to gain Fact Power! Fact Power is the automatic recall of basic facts. So far we have discussed the patterns of +0, +1, and double facts. We have briefly touched on +8 and +9. This is a little tougher but once they get it, they are golden! I found a few videos online that I will share to help with these concepts. I also have an article that i REALLY would love for all parents to read. In this article you will read about how students with fact power enjoy math so much more than students without fact power. I couldn't agree with the lady more! I know it's long, but WOW she makes some really good points. I'm also going to send a paper copy home if you don't want to read it on your computer.

## Written Assessment Part A

This part of the test is summative which means it is measure children's growth and achievement. It is used to determine whether children have learned certain material by the end of the unit.

## Written Assessment Part B

This part of the test if formative so that means it provides me information about child's current knowledge and abilities so that I can plan future instruction more effectively. It encourages children to identify their areas of weakness or strength so they can focus their efforts more precisely.

You will often see added pieces to a test that have been created by Carmel Clay teachers. They have been added when they feel they need more evidence than the original math test to decide if a child has mastered a skill.

## Oral Slate Assessments

The kids are pulled out individually by Mrs. Hammer. They are asked to answer questions orally and some they are asked to write on their slate.

## Open Response

This usually proves to be the hardest part of the test. They have to EXPLAIN THEIR THINKING with pictures and words. They are often given manipulatives to help them find their answer. We did the first one whole group so they could see my expectations.

## Problem Solving

Good problem solvers use a variety of strategies, including the following:

• Draw a picture.
• Act out the problem.
• Make a table, chart, or list.
• Look for a pattern.
• Try a simpler version of the problem.
• Make a guess and try it out.