Community Learning Network 7

SPOTLIGHT ON MATHEMATICS OCTOBER 2015

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Curriculum Overview

Grade 1: Sums and differences to 10

Check out these great number bond teaching resources: http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/maths/calculations/number-bonds/#.Vh7qFvlViko

Grade 2: Place Value, Counting, and Comparison of Numbers to 1000

Here is a virtual manipulative that can help with place value understanding:

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_152_g_2_t_1.html?from=grade_g_2.html

Grade 3: Place Value and Problem Solving with Units of Measure

This performance assessment task can be used to assess student understanding of time:

http://www.insidemathematics.org/assets/common-core-math-tasks/time%20to%20get%20clean.pdf

Grade 4: Multi-digit Multiplication and Division

Check out this NCTM Illuminations resource for teaching multiplication arrays:

http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=3210

Grade 5: Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations

Try this Learnzillion video resource:

https://learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/5647-use-an-area-model-for-division-of-4-digit-dividends-by-2-digit-divisors#fndtn-lesson

**Interim Assessments 1st/2nd Grade**


  • The interim assessments for grades 1 and 2 have been placed in Data Link
  • The new test IDs are 54430 and 54427
  • They will open for teachers in Data Link on the 23rd
  • The administration window is from 10/30 to 11/5
  • The scoring window ends on 11/11

Math Contest Information

Math Olympiad (elementary/middle) - http://www.moems.org/
  • 5 monthly contests given from November to March
  • Team has up to 35 students
  • Individual; 5 non-routine problems
  • $109/team

Mathcounts (middle) - https://www.mathcounts.org/programs/competition-series
  • Club in a Box
  • Team of 10 is $100; can also send up to 4 individuals @ $30 each
  • Problem of the Week usually related to current events
  • This is a local/state/national contest


AMC8 (middle) - http://www.maa.org/math-competitions

  • 11/17/2015 at Salisbury University
  • Salisbury University will pay the cost of all test materials and provide lunch (students, teachers, specialists, administrators & chaperons)

Gettin' Digi With It!

Are you looking for digital tools to supplement student learning? Check out these free learning tools:


K-5 math games: http://gregtangmath.com/games.html

Free CCSS aligned math games for all ages: http://www.xpmath.com/

Interactive virtual manipulatives: http://www.learner.org/interactives/ and http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

Animated math video lessons: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me5l/html/math5.html

PARCC Updates

Below is a link to some newly released MSDE resources for PARCC including:


  • A recorded version of the MSDE "PARCC for Teachers" webinar from October 1, 2015
  • A video about the score report that will be going home to parents
  • A parent guide to the score report


http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/parcc/

Check out these CCSS aligned formative assessment lessons!


Click on the links below to access the websites.

App of the Month

5 Dice Order of Operations

Click here for more information: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/app-reviews/5-dice.shtml

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!