December 8-12 Math/Science Update

By: Rachel Withers Math Facilitator MIS

It's the MOST Wonderful Time of the Year!

I hope you all are taking time to spend quality time with family. This time of year I think that is so important. There are numerous opportunities to bring real-world math into your conversations! There is research to back the fact that children whose parents just simply talk about math in day-to-day contexts are more successful in math classes. While buying gifts, decorating the Christmas tree, etc. try to get your children to solve math problems with it.


As you probably know, we are a Google school. The computers our kids are on each day are google chrome books. It is important that they are proficient with this technology for classroom lessons and even state tests that will be administered using it. This site gives lots of tips and tricks for Google.

Prodigy Game is a great way for you to set up a free account for multiple kids. This puts a fun and competitive spin on the standards!

This website breaks down each standard for 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade. It gives an explanation of the standard and samples. The standards are listed on the left side of the page...just click on the ones your children are working on this week.

Kahn Academy...This site has excellent demo lessons for each standard. You can create a profile (free) for your child or just search for videos on whatever topic they are studying in their classes.

LearnZillion...You can create a free login for your child to view lots of outstanding video demonstrations of specific content topics that they are studying in their class at the time.

Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks for Science are located on this page. These are the current standards that we teach in science. However, we will be transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards in a few years. I will keep you updated on this as we learn more.

IXL...this is a great site for practicing math concepts. If you go to the site and find the standards for Arkansas you can click on the specific standard your child is working on this week (notated above). You can do a few things a day free, but it is unlimited if you pay for a membership.

PTA...this is an outstanding guide for you guys to consider when understanding the common core state standards.

3rd Grade Parent Roadmap for Common Core.

4th Grade Parent Roadmap for Common Core.

5th Grade Parent Roadmap for Common Core.

Contact Me :)

If you go to the website below, you will find that you can book a time with me. This will be useful if you ever have any questions/concerns about the math or science curriculum at MIS. I would love to visit with you about all we are doing here to help your child!
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