# 2Hu News

## The latest highlights from our classroom

I know these different rotations may sound confusing to you, but I assure you your child is coming to understand them very well. As I said before, they are doing a great job adjusting to our classroom routine.

## STEM

As I told you at Back to School Night, this year the students will be introduced to STEM activities. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

We have already started discussing STEM and completed our first STEM activity. The students were very engaged and excited. I can't wait to introduce them to more activities!

## Math

We have been busy working our way through our first math module: Module 3 Place Value, Counting and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000. In this module, the students will come to recognize true number sense. For example, 10 ones = 1 ten, 10 tens = 1 hundred, and 10 hundreds = 1 thousand. Using this knowledge they should be able to apply it to new problems. For example, how much money does Tommy have if he has 23 ten dollar bills? The students should be able to recognize that there are 23 tens which equals 230.

I have been introducing the students to many different strategies and manipulatives to help them better understand place value. Two of these strategies include arrow cards and the place value chart. The arrow cards help the students spread the numbers out into expanded form, as well as helping them see how the numbers combine together. The place value chart is another way for them to sort out how many hundreds, tens, and ones are in a number. Hopefully these pictures will help you better understand. Ask you student to explain these in further detail. We will be doing more practice with these and other strategies in the weeks to come.