# The Math & Science Scoop

## MATH

On January 13, 2016, the River Edge School District held a “PARCC-Lessons Learned” Parent Academy where district trends and instructional strategies were shared with the community. Thank you to Ms. Kaitlyn Burke, fourth grade teacher at Cherry Hill School, and Ms. Beth Unanue, sixth grade teacher at Roosevelt School, for leading informative presentations. The sessions involving mathematical content taught in 3rd-6th grade and practices being used to best meet the needs of our students were a great success!

## Instructional Strategies

In an effort to strengthen our students’ critical thinking skills and provide assistance in comprehending and solving word problems, our teachers encourage students to use various strategies. The following videos show Ms. Burke guiding her fourth grade students through the steps used to solve a multi-step word problem.
https://youtu.be/gdFpHLalszQ
https://youtu.be/otOHgzxM66U
https://youtu.be/8-2POIRfi00
https://youtu.be/aAM0pmmraYw
https://youtu.be/GCf4tdtdLnE

## Check Us Out!

The students of River Edge have been learning a lot of exciting things in science, and they have enjoyed applying what they've learned through explorations and experiments. Students continue to build their understanding of scientific concepts as they engage in hands-on activities and the engineering design process in our classrooms and Discovery Labs!

## Kindergarten

Kindergarten students learned that substances such as liquids and solids could be changed. Groups worked together to develop a plan for melting an ice cube, carry out their plan, and observe and record their results.

First grade students have explored how the weather, or changes in weather, affect our daily activities. Students have observed and interpreted daily weather conditions including temperature, wind, and precipitation. Sing along with Ms. Wendrychowicz's first grade class to learn about the water cycle!

The Water Cycle

Second grade students learned about the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. They conducted a series of experiments to identify an unknown substance using what they've learned about the properties of each state. The students had a great time working with the mysterious Oobleck!

Third grade students built upon their knowledge of the three states of matter to understand that each state has unique characteristics that can be changed. Students explored activities involving physical changes where substances appeared to be different, and chemical changes where new substances were formed. The unit culminated with students creating a poster of physical and chemical changes we see everyday!