Mrs. Houston's Math News

December 4, 2015

Next Week

Next week we will have a small quiz on multiplication facts for 6-9, as well as a small quiz on division. We have been practicing multiplication facts, as well as division facts, all week. Instead of a big test, I am going to break up the topics we covered into two quizzes.

At the end of the week, we will begin Chapter 7, which is mental multiplication. I do not think we will make a dent in the chapter since the week before break is very busy with different events. We will most likely start Chapter 7 again after Winter Break.

Array Models

Arrays are useful models for multiplication which can be used in a variety of ways, ranging from highly structured lessons to games and open investigations.

An array is formed by arranging a set of objects into rows and columns. Each column must contain the same number of objects as the other columns, and each row must have the same number as the other rows.
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Mad Minutes

I believe that learning the multiplication facts to the point of quick recall is a goal for all students.

To build students' speed and fluency in Multiplication, at the beginning of each class they will complete a Mad Minute worksheet. They will have 60 seconds to answer as many multiplication questions as possible. If you would like your child to practice this at home, here is a great website:


Check out this website for lots of links for Elementary Math:

Redbird (Old EPGY)

Redbird Advanced Learning is available to our students in K through 5th grade. It is a program students may use to practice Math. Please use your FSAConnect username and password to reach Redbird. This year we have created the same username and the same password for all online resources so that you don't need to memorize different passwords.

Click here to access Redbird Advanced Learning.


Tutoring on Thursdays will be on an as needed basis. If your child has below an 80 average in a course or a failing grade on a test/quiz, then he or she may attend a scheduled tutoring session. Each week's session we will only focus on one subject area. I will communicate with parents of students who should attend a tutoring session.