Facts in Our Family - January 2016-

Cullman County Schools Math Newsletter

Welcome Back!

Hopefully, each of you was able to enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating time with your family during our Christmas break! Now that school is back in session for the second semester and you are looking at data from both STAR assessments and summative classroom assessments; please read the following article and use this information when forming remediation groups: http://www.mathcoachscorner.com/2015/10/using-data-to-plan-effective-math-remediation/

Standards Based Teaching

*3rd Grade January Math Standards

3.OA.2

3.OA.6

3.OA.8

3.NBT.3


*4th Grade January Math Standards

4.OA.2; 4.NF.5

4.OA.5; 4.NF.6

4.NBT.1; 4.NF.7

4.NF.1; 4.MD.1

4.NF.4 a,b,c ; 4.MD.2

4.MD.4


*5th Grade January Math Standards

5.OA.1; 5.NF.5 a,b

5.OA.2; 5.NF.6

5.NBT.7; 5.NF.7 a,b,c

5.NF.4 a,b; 5.MD.1



These are the standards that you should be teaching this month according to our grade leveled pacing guides. Please read each standard carefully and ensure that you are meeting the requirements of each one. If you are unsure of what a standard is asking, check the flip book and see if it helps clarify the standard for you. If the standard is still as clear as mud, please e-mail me (aellard@ccboe.org) and we'll figure it out.

Here is a link to the flip book if you have misplaced your hard copy. Just find the appropriate grade level and click to get to the document digitally.

http://tinyurl.com/jfyudf8

Great Websites to Use:

For those of you who are on the search for great sites to use in your classroom, here are some that either I or your colleagues have found and love.


http://www.zearn.com - Zearn is a dynamic, rigorous web based math program that is based on CCSS standards and sequenced according to EngageNy pacing.


http://tinyurl.com/jmhcc4f - This is a link to a Google Doc that lists some great websites for you to use to incorporate technology use in your classroom.

Math Focus: Fluency

Procedural Fluency is more than just the memorization of facts and procedures. It is also more than being able to use one procedure or algorithm for a certain situation. Procedural fluency is a deep and flexible knowledge of a variety of procedures, the ability to judge which procedure or strategy is appropriate to use in a particular situation, and skill in performing those procedures flexibly, accurately, and efficiently.

Procedural fluency should build on a foundation of conceptual understanding. Research suggests that if students have simply memorized (or tried to memorize) algorithms that they do not understand, then they will lack the meaning or reasoning behind why and how they work.

You can read more about conceptual understanding and procedural fluency and the other strands of mathematical proficiency by following the link here: http://www.nap.edu/read/9822/chapter/6 .

Amy Ellard - District Wide Math Instructional Coach - Cullman County Schools

Sorry this edition is a little late, but from now on you will receive an updated newsletter at the beginning of each month to aide in communication.