Curriculum Corner 2017-18

July Edition

Mathematics and Summer Resources

Based on feedback through last year's parent survey and my own vision of effective communication, this school year I will be developing monthly newsletters focused on curriculum and school news. I will send this newsletter through my Dolphin Detail alerts as a link. I may increase the frequency of these newsletters as the year goes on, but as a new form of communication, I want to make sure they are quality and effective. My weekly Dolphin Detail will continue to provide details on upcoming dates and events with descriptions of these events. I hope you find these forms of communication helpful throughout the year.

As a parent myself, I know that how we were taught growing up looks much different than how our students are taught today. In particular, mathematics is the one content area that has seen the most dramatic change in instruction. I often find myself in math classes saying "I wish I learned math this way!" If you don't understand a strategy or the new method for solving certain problems, it can be overwhelming. In order to deepen my own knowledge of math and the resources HCPSS has on hand, I took a math class this summer. The resources that HCPSS provides are amazing and so helpful in understanding the quality instruction that our students receive. For this edition, I am focusing on math and summer resources. Any feedback for what you like and what you would like to see in these newsletters is welcomed.

School News
Another component of these newsletters will be sharing all the exciting activities and events that are taking place at Centennial Lane Elementary. This will be an ever evolving component, and may include anything from teacher highlights, student highlights, cultural arts programs and more! You will see pictures that are being shared on Twitter, but please feel free to follow us @hcpss_cles.
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Math in Minutes

Have you seen these wonderful short clips explaining the larger, overarching concepts and strategies provided in math instruction? Our mathematics office has developed a wonderful resource that explains content in minutes (embedded below). The first video is an overview by the Coordinator of Mathematics, John SanGiovanni, who discusses the broad changes in math instructions.

Math in Minutes by Name and Order Embedded:

Decomposition of Numbers -

Addition with a Numbers Chart -

Subtractions with a Numbers Chart -

Addition on a Number Line -

Comparing Fractions Using Benchmarks -

Comparing Fractions with Common Numerators

Comparing Fractions by Reasoning -

Partial Products -
Partial Sums -
Has Common Core changed the way we approach math instruction?
Math in Minutes: Lesson 1 - Decomposition of Numbers
Math in Minutes: Lesson 2 - Addition with a Numbers Chart
Math in Minutes: Lesson 3 - Subtraction with a Numbers Chart
Math in Minutes: Lesson 4 - Addition on a Number Line
Math in Minutes: Lesson 5 - Comparing Fractions Using Benchmarks
Math in Minutes: Lesson 6 - Comparing Fractions with Common Numerators
Math in Minutes: Lesson 7 - Comparing Fractions by Reasoning
Math in Minutes: Lesson 9 - Partial Products
Math in Minutes: Lesson 10 - Partial Sums

Summer Resources

The County offers many resources and programs to keep learning alive this summer. Here are a few for you to think about.