Math Empowers 5

Middletown Township Public Schools

Fifth Grade• 1st Trimester •2018-2019

Graham Fletcher - Save the Date!

Graham Fletcher is coming to Middletown on December 11th, 2018 for 5th grade math teachers! He has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional lead, and currently as a math specialist. Graham’s work with the math progressions and problem-based lessons has led him to present throughout North America and beyond. He is continually advocating for best practice in elementary mathematics by seeking new and innovative ways to support students and teachers in their development of conceptual understanding. We are honored to host him in Middletown this winter! Check out his website, or his library of 3-Act Tasks, or his progression videos. You can also follow him on Twitter: @gfletchy

Decimal Focus

Decimal knowledge takes the forefront during Trimester 1 in Grade 5. To really understand how decimal numbers work and what value they represent, students need a deep understanding of place value. Exposure to and practice with decimals on number lines and picture representations will help students see this. Consider building decimal number sense routines into class. For some ideas, see Mr. Elementary Math, Number Talks (pg. 20), Virginia Department of Education Number Sense Routines, and Howard County Decimal Routines.

Mathematical Practices - as important as content!

It seems that the goal of many students during math is centered around getting the "correct answer," and not the process in which they use to get there. In the article, titled "Why Mathematical Practices Matter as Much as the Content," the author, a teacher himself, discusses the importance of students fortifying their knowledge of math while working through the mathematical practices. These practices teach students how to approach math problems so that they in turn become better at math, by being able to make sense of and defend their answers with facts. To read more, click here.
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Thank you for reading! :)

Have any questions, comments, or great ideas to share with your fellow 5th grade teachers – please email me, or your building Math Specialist. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."


Ashley Connors

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Navesink Elementary School

Math Empowers - Fifth Grade Representative

connorsa@middletownk12.org

@MsConnorsMTPS