Math news and planning information

May 16th - June 2nd

Ramblings of Jennifer & Stephanie...

Team Leaders and Spotlight Teachers, please make sure to forward this newsletter onto your team members and any SPED support teachers that you feel could benefit from this information.



Can you believe this is our last Elementary Math and Planning Information Newsletter for the 2016-2017 school year???


We leave you this school year with one final thought.....


“Do you know of any trainings I can go to over the summer?”

“I want to learn more about teaching math, do you know of a training?”


These are questions we get around this time of year. We have shared information about CAMT, the state math conference, which will be held in San Antonio at the end of June. Kim Sutton with Creative Mathematics is coming to the area as well this summer. These conferences are great but costly. If you are looking for some self-directed professional learning, one place to turn to is Twitter. Although the articles, blogs, and videos shared on Twitter do not count toward any CPE credit, the information is relevant and current. We have shared this with you before, that is how good of a resource we think this is.


Below is a brief list of people or organizations we recommend following:


@math_solutions

@MFAnnie

@NCTM

@bstockus

@ddmeyer

@gfletchy

@mburnsmath

@MathCoachCorner

#Elemmathchat


You can always follow us and see what we are tweeting!!

@Steph_W03

@JenG703


Have great summer and see you in August!

Don't Forget!

  • Kinder and 1st Grade Performance Assessment Survey Results Due - May 20th
  • Last Day of School for 2015-2016 - June 2nd


Kindergarten End of Year Performance Assessment Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J9S9PLV


1st Grade End of Year Performance Assessment Survey Link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GS2CTC6


CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) is going to be held this summer from June 29th - July 1st at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Early Bird registration is currently open! Register at camtonline.org.

Kindergarten

TEKS: Readiness Review TEKS


All new content for the year has been taught! Now is the exciting time!!! WOOHOO!!! For the next 3 weeks, students in Kindergarten get to review previously taught concepts to ensure mastery of the Kindergarten Readiness TEKS. Take a look at the unpacked TEKS above and our NEW "Determining the Lesson Focus for Intervention and Mastery of the Readiness TEKS" page to help you plan your lessons for the next 3 weeks.

1st Grade

TEKS: Readiness TEKS Review


1st Grade students will continue their review of previously taught concepts to ensure mastery of the 1st Grade Readiness TEKS. Take a look at the unpacked TEKS above and the "Determining the Lesson Focus for Intervention and Mastery of the Readiness TEKS" page to help you plan your lessons for the next 3 weeks.

2nd Grade

TEKS: 2.6B, 2.11A, 2.11B, 2.11C, 2.11D, 2.11E & 2.11F


For the week of May 16th - May 20th, students will focus on learning about division. The TEKS focus for this week is TEKS 2.6B. Take a look at the unpacked TEKS above, the CPA calendar, and reminders below to help plan your lessons for this week.


Reminders:


  • Students are to learn about division through problem solving. Example: There are 24 chairs in Mrs. Garcia's room. She separated the chairs equally into 4 rows. How many chairs did she place in each row? All problems should be written in words and students must work with concrete objects.
  • Students should not be given a fact and be expected to solve.
  • Students are NOT focusing on division facts. The focus is on a conceptual understanding of division. ALL HANDS-ON using manipulatives! Examples in the picture below.
  • After students understand that division situations are breaking apart a total into equal groups, have students create division situations.
  • This TEKS is the foundation for division in 3rd Grade.
  • Students should have the opportunity to model and describe their models and solutions for each type of problem.


For the weeks of May 23rd - June 2nd, students will focus on learning about personal financial literacy. The TEKS focus for these weeks is TEKS 2.11A, 2.11B, 2.11C, 2.11D, 2.11E & 2.11F. Take a look at the unpacked TEKS above, the CPA calendar, and reminders below to help plan your lessons for these weeks.


Reminders:


  • Simple items may include items such as a shirt, a pitcher of lemonade, or a class art project.
  • Do not include interest in any calculations.
  • TEKS 2.11C is a great time to introduce students to the idea of banking.
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3rd & 4th Grade

For the last 3 weeks of school, 3rd and 4th graders are going to be reviewing their grade level Readiness TEKS to ensure mastery. So...think projects, think real-world, think cross-curricular! Pick one or more math projects for your students to complete over the next three weeks. We have attached below some example math projects to give you some ideas about how your students can put into practice what they have learned this year!