FHSD Elem Math/Science Newsletter

December 17, 2015

Upcoming Events to Note

January 4- 1/2 meeting day; 1/2 work day

January 5 - Tech Fest (Elementary Tech Fest is at Francis Howell North High School)

January 7 - Building math class visits

STEP 5 CURRICULUM MEETINGS (2 REPS PER GRADE LEVEL PER BUILDING, EXCEPT DANIEL BOONE, WHO WILL SEND 1 REP; 8:30-3:30 at the DLC; sub code: 070)

February 8 - Kdg Step 5 Curriculum Meeting

February 9 - Grade 1 Step 5 Curriculum Meeting

February 10 - Gr 2 Step 5 Curriculum Meeting

February 17 - Gr 3 Step 5 Curriculum Meeting

February 18 - Gr 4 Step 5 Curriculum Meeting

February 24 - Gr 5 Step 5 Curriculum Meeting

Assessments for Entry into Mastery Connect

Each grade level should have 1 Summative Performance Task entered into Mastery Connect for first semester. With our current pacing guides, 5th grade should be last grade level finishing their performance task prior to break. Two grade levels have assessments in January:

Third Grade: Topic 8 Performance Task (1/8-1/14)

Fourth Grade: Topic 10 Performance Task (1/22-1/29)


Grades K-2 will have one Summative Performance Task for entry in MC during 2nd semester. Grades 3-5 will have two Summative Performance Tasks for entry in MC during 2nd semester. This document has detailed information on required Math Assessments for 2015-2016: http://howellnet.sharpschool.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=22265369

Report Card Scoring - Math

Each grade level should fill out the following categories on the second quarter report card:

KINDERGARTEN: Counting and Cardinality; Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Comprehends and Communicates Mathematical Practices

GRADE 1: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Comprehends and Communicates Mathematical Practices; POSSIBLY Numbers and Operations in Base 10 (PLC decision)

GRADE 2: Numbers and Operations in Base 10; Comprehends and Communicates Mathematical Practices

GRADE 3: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Comprehends and Communicates Mathematical Practices

GRADE 4: Numbers and Operations in Base Ten; Operations and Algebraic Thinking (only if you finished Topic 2 during this quarter); Comprehends and Communicates Mathematical Practices

GRADE 5: Numbers and Operations in Base Ten; Comprehends and Communicates Mathematical Practices; POSSIBLY Operations and Algebraic Thinking (PLC decision)

What's one way to handle incorrect answers in number talks? (video example)

What's a teacher to do? A student finally feels comfortable and safe enough in your classroom to share his thinking. However, when he does, it's a strategy laced with misconceptions. You're unsure of your next teacher move. If that student feels embarrassed after interacting with you, he may feel "math injured" and refuse to participate in the future. On the other hand, you want to make it clear that there's something you don't understand about his thinking. This article and video may help.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2015/11/12/safe-classroom-culture-gbt/

STEM Resources

Boeing will be turning 100 years old next year and to celebrate they are launching several things to support STEM education. Educational resources that Boeing has developed for schools to use are located at www.boeing.com/boeing100/index.page#/education

For questions about information in this newsletter, please contact Sherri Lorton