First Grade News
Mrs. Clyde - Room 8 - Issue No.6
Halloween Party on Thursday
Costumes should not have a mask, any weapons, or need make up. It is preferred if costumes can go over their clothes. Kids will need to be able to put their costume on by themselves. Check your child's binder for the flyer with all of the specifics.
Puyallup Fair Traveling Farm on Friday
We could use a couple of parents to help out as kids explore the activities. There are 2 shifts: 8:30 - 11:00 or 11:45 to 2:30. Please let me know if you are available to volunteer.
Math....a whole new world
- Use counters
- Draw pictures
- Use a ten frame
- Count on fingers (this does work for awhile)
- Use a number line
- Count on (I know I have 6, count on...7, 8, 9, 10)
- Use a part/part/whole model
Ultimately, we want kids to memorize math facts up to 20. The strategies we use are there to support kids until they have the facts memorized. We will also focus on quick recall of math facts up to 20. Flashcards are a great way to help kids begin to memorize their math facts. There are also fun games online that give kids practice with memorizing their math facts. This first trimester we will only be focusing on addition facts to 5. By the end of the year though we really want kids to know all of their facts through 10 and begin to work on facts through 20. The 2nd half of the school year we will spend more focused time on math fact practice. But you can have your kids start now by practicing with flash cards and giving them the opportunity to play some online games. Don't forget the benefit of board games too. Yahtzee is great for recognizing dot patterns and adding numbers. Board games are great for one to one correspondence when counting (one number for one spot). This is an important concept for kids who are learning to add and subtract. Board Games give kids practice with counting, problem solving, sharing, taking turns, as well as good sportsmanship.
Here are a few math sites that I have found helpful:
This site explains some math strategies and how they help kids learn math facts.
Pearson Successnet **This is our math site and you were given a username and password. I have added a bunch of games on here for your kids to practice with.
Math Magician is online math fact practice that kids enjoy
Fruit Shoot Addition
That's a Fact