Second Semester

Planning Ahead for 2015

Coming Up

I thought once the holidays are over, you might start to wonder what you can do to help students get ready for next semester. We really kick first grade into high gear and a little bit of work over break wouldn't hurt!

These are just a few suggestions and links. Nothing is mandatory. I know my boys need a break and I'm sure your kids do too! If you have some time, great. If no, no worries.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


What We've Done

  • Addition and subtraction within 20
  • Counting, writing, identifying, and ordering numbers up to 120
  • Word problems with addition and subtraction
  • Polygons: triangles, trapezoids, quadrilaterals, rhombus, parallelograms, hexagons, circles
  • Identifying rules: Sorting and Classifying according to one or two rules

What We've Discussed, but We Will Keep Reviewing!

Support and help with these at home would be huge!

  • Coins and coin values (not necessarily adding values, just a nickel = 5 cents)
  • Calendar - knowing months, days in the month, days in a week, finding a week ahead or behind the current date
  • Hundreds chart - moving between numbers, knowing jumping rows jumps by 10
  • Ones place and tens place
  • Time - telling time to the hour and possibly 1/2 hour. Knowing important times on a clock, like 8:30 bedtime, 12:00 lunch, etc.

Coming Up...

  • Measurement with non-standard measures (like craft sticks, human feet, or paper clips)
  • Comparing lengths
  • Knowing "how many more" to get to a number. Example: If I am 53 inches tall and you are 49 inches tall, how much taller am I?
  • More addition and subtraction facts up to 20 (knowing the facts quickly at this point)
  • More word problems. Word problems with more than one step.
  • Making bigger numbers using tens and ones

Math Games Offline

  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Backgammon
  • Mancala
  • Mastermind
  • Board games (such as Monopoly)
  • Card games (e.g. Go Fish, rummy)
  • Uno
  • Set
  • Krypto
  • 24
  • Tangrams
  • Dominoes
  • 2-D and 3-D Puzzles
  • Sewing, quilting
  • Construction toys (such as building blocks, Legos, or Kinex)
  • Cooking
  • Collections of things (stamps, coins, baseball cards, buttons, etc.)
  • Building models
  • Oragami and paper folding
  • Commercially-available materials (such as connecting cubes, Geoblocks or pattern blocks)

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