Math Department 3rd-5th Grade

Week 8 News/Updates "Rounding Out Quarter 1 and ANET 1"

Team Message:

It's hard to believe we are in the 8th week of school and in two weeks we will be out on FALL Break! This school year is truly flying. Let's make sure we are making every minute of every day count. As a department you guys showed up to our first Network PD prepared and ready to actively engage. Huge THANK YOU to everyone that either modeled or showed a video (Thomas Morgan, Allyson Chambers, Shayla Morgan, Allison Thompson, and Lozie Guy). Way to lead the pack! Unfortunately we ran out of time so everyone couldn't be in the spotlight THIS TIME.

You will find some very important updates, reminders, data points, and resources in this week's newsletter. As always if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about anything here reach out to Katrina or Krysten!

What's TRENDING across the district?

Observations for all 3-5 classrooms visited:

Positive Trends:

  • Guided notes aligned to the Engage NY Curriculum and used in all classrooms
  • Targeted teacher focus on vocabulary and academic language
  • Consistency across schools with pacing implementation

Areas of Growth:

  • Anchor Charts: Focus on keeping new/in use anchor charts (matching current lessons) at the front of the room, especially those that students can access for independent student work. "Retire" old anchor charts to a wall on the side or at the back of the room. This way students are always referencing the most up to date material.
  • Workstations: Ensure workstations are rigorous and maximize student work time. There should be at least 1 interactive station. This could me a hands on group task or manipulative exploration activity. Refrain from multiple "worksheet" stations. Also, remember stations should reinforce skills previously taught (with the exception of manipulative exploration).
  • Guided Math: Push students to do the thinking. Make sure your lesson is well planned and targeted toward the group in front of you. Be aware of your talking ratio. Teaching should be explicit, but most importantly students must be doing the thinking. See the spotlight video below.....

Pacing Reminder for Next Week: 10/5-10/9 (The last week of Q1)

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Assessment ALERT: ANET 1 Next Week reach out to your school test coordinator for exact details around testing!

ANet Online Assessments Public Preview Links: These are for teacher reference!

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

How are you reinforcing vocabulary?

Expeditionary Learning has released several videos to support implementation of the Engage New York curriculum. The interactive word wall, demonstrated in the video below, is one way we can support vocabulary connection and scaffold students as they prepare to discuss and/or write about content. You can easily differentiate this activity and focus on Math terms by targeting words students receive, providing sentence stems for making connections, and other ways that meet the individual needs of your students. Check out the video and consider how you might want to use this strategy with your students!

Math Department Resource Hub on Sharepoint

This is a working hub that will evolve and grow throughout the school year. You will find both resources from Katrina and the C & I Team here.

3rd-5th Grade Math Resources and Curriculum 2015-2016 School Year direct link: (copy the whole link and paste it if it doesn't open) Math Additional Resources.aspx

Math Department Resource Hub on Sharepoint 2014-2015 School Year Direct Link:

SPOTLIGHT: Deborah O'Neal Guided Math Clip- Academic Ownership

Deborah ONeal Guided Math Clip Pushing Academic Ownership 9 29 15

Reflection Question: How is Deborah reinforcing Academic Ownership from the set?


Interactive Standard Algorithm Station

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Looking to sharpen your curriculum knowledge? Check out the videos that support proper delivery on the ENY website.