# Hicks Math Times

### 1st Grade

## December 8, 2015

## December 8, 2015

Please remember to focus on the vocabulary. Students need sentence attend to be able to use this vocabulary. Some sentence attend include:

__is ___more than ___

__is ___less than ___

These seem to be the most difficult for students. Daily experience with these is crucial.

## November 9, 2015

## Making Designs Some students are able to make designs with pattern blocks. This is when they could begin to trace them. | ## Tracing Pattern Blocks Some students are able to trace and add details to their pictures. | ## Sorting Shapes Other students are just sorting so keep encouraging them to make designs with the shapes. |

## Making Designs

## November 6, 2015

## 2D Shapes Tree Map This is a great way to use color and show the shapes in two different ways. | ## Calendar/Geometry This is a great way to record your discussions of the calendar pieces. | ## Math is EVERYWHERE!! Everywhere I go I see math so I have to share with you. |

## Spooky Facts This is a great way to still do those fun projects, and incorporate facts that make 10!! | ## Subtraction This really shows the progression---the ultimate goal is for students to know the PARTS!! | ## Evidence of Instruction The discussions about the clock are evident. Great way to record these!! |

## Spooky Facts

## Subtraction

## October 26, 2015

We will continue with geometry. Please refer to your TEKS and various other resources for more background on what this looks like in first grade.

Here's also the link to the explanation of the plans.

https://drive.google.com/a/aliefisd.net/file/d/0B4lAS_r_e6XIeGY0OXJYMk1HX1U/view?usp=sharing

## October 22, 2015

Please take a moment to read over the elements in the month of November. The most important elements to cover for November will be:

- Calendar/Geometry
- Counting tape/Ten grids
- Number builder
**(combos of 7)** - Daily depositor
**(w/numbers to 30)** - Coins
- Clock
- Graph (if you didn't do it in Oct.)

## October 20, 2015

Please let me know in what ways I can support you with small groups.

- I can help you plan for your groups
- I can come into your classroom and teach your groups

If you're interested please contact me through email.

If you would like to bring this topic up in a future PLC, just request it. I have modeled teaching a group at PLCs before too.

## Subtraction

**So now that they have the unifix cubes, how do they use them??**

Well, if the student is solving 9-6. I want them to break off 9 by taking 1 cube off of the ten. Then they would take 6 because they recognize that there are 6 (5 and 1) inside that 9. Then they will quickly see and say "3."

I have seen students that are using the cubes but are not using them efficiently. They are breaking off one cube at a time to build 9. Then they count one by one (1-6) and finally see and say, "3." We want students to begin to "chunk" the numbers. What this means is that they start seeing numbers inside other numbers. The result is that they will see numbers in parts and not one, one, one, one....

Many times, I stop them, take or cover the cubes, and ask, "what do you already know?"

"What does the 9 look like?"

This will lead them to just break 9 by taking one off the 10 or see that 5 and 4 is 9.

Then with me holding the 9, I ask, "so if you have to take 6, what does 6 look like?" Hopefully they describe it by saying 5 and 1. Then I allow them to take the 6 (5 and 1) and simply see the left over part is 3!

Our questioning and use of manipulatives can help students with their thinking and move them to the next level or critical learning phase.

**GO MATH**!!

## Subtraction Sorts Great idea Stephanie!! We will need to make numeral cards in a different color!! | ## Subtraction Word Problems Highlighting supporting information in the word problem and relating it to the number bond, equation, and words. Great job, Ms. Mirasol! | ## Subtraction-What does it mean? This was a circle map a teacher did last year. This was just a way to discuss the meaning of subtraction. How would you adapt this for your class this year? |

## Subtraction Word Problems

Great job, Ms. Mirasol!

## Partner Games While Ms. Mirasol is working with small groups, some students were playing partner games. | ## Small Groups!! Way to go!! Students were using manipulatives to show combinations of numbers and recording with number bonds. | ## Facts Sort So COOL!!! Students in Ms. Blank's class were working on sorting addition and subtraction facts. Can you tell which fact is out of place? |

## Partner Games

## Small Groups!!

## Recording Students have the opportunity to record the combinations using the number bonds. They are making the connection between the concrete models and written symbols. | ## Number Bonds Using cubes groups in 5s (5 in one color and 5 in another color) is very important for students to begin to structure numbers. The numbers 5 and 10 are landmark numbers that help with structuring these representations. | ## Learning Targets This learning target even had a picture to go with it so students really understand what they will be learning for the day! |

## Recording

## Number Bonds

## Celebrations

## Counting Tape Some combinations of numbers | ## Calendar Added vocabulary of shapes | ## Number Builder Focuses on combinations of Numbers to 10~Including a word problem |

## EDC

Please make sure you read more about each EDC element.

You should have the following up on your wall:

~**Calendar** ~**Number builder** ~**Counting Tape & Ten Grids** ~**Clock** ~**Birthday Graph**

Please read pg. 17-31 of your EDC Manual to fully understand each element.

## Calendar Calendar with Birthdays | ## Counting Tape & Ten Grids10 different color post-its Ten grids with blue & red dots | ## Clock Alternate between blue and red every 5 days |

## Book Study Coming Soon!!

I know all of you can't wait to start growing and refining your math knowledge, especially in the areas of structuring numbers and addition and subtraction.

This Friday I'll send you more information on the book we will be reading this year.

## Jessica Alvear-Moreno

Math Specialist/Math Intervention

Hicks Elementary