# Math Support @DIS

## Practice Computational Fluency

Computational fluency is an incredibly important skill that children need to master in their elementary years. Knowing basic facts in addition, subtraction, and multiplication (Grades K-3) and being able to quickly and accurately solve multi-digit algorithms (Grades 4-5) will serve students well as they learn more complex mathematics in middle and high school. Taking the time to ensure your child has their facts memorized now will not only boost their math grade, but help them be successful in the future.

## Study Vocabulary

Precise use of mathematical vocabulary is another key to success in math! An easy way to support your child in math is to help him/her study the vocabulary words for the current chapter. Each child has a set of vocabulary cards, with the word printed on one side and definition on the other.

Help your child study his/her vocabulary throughout the chapter, and the vocabulary section of the chapter test should be a breeze!

## Test Corrections

Students at DIS have the option of making corrections on Chapter Tests, which could help increase their grade. We feel it is important for students to learn from errors, especially since math skills build upon each other. Making corrections provides another opportunity for students to revisit questions they got wrong, and another opportunity to show they’ve learned the material.

• Available on Chapter Tests (assignments that count in the “Summative Assessment” category in the Realtime Parent Portal Grade Book). Corrections are not available in other grading categories, such as formative assessments, classwork, or computational fluency.
• Corrections must be completed in the student’s handwriting.
• Corrections must show all work for the problem.
• Corrections must be completed on a separate sheet of paper. No credit will be given for erasures or corrections made directly on the original test paper.
• Corrections are due by the deadline set by each classroom teacher. Credit will not be given for corrections handed in after the deadline.
• Corrections must be correct to receive credit.
• Students who complete corrections in the manner outlined will be able to earn back up to ¼ of the points missed on the percentage grade. Their percentage grade will be adjusted to reflect this.
• For example, a student who earns an 80% and completes corrections as outlined will have their grade changed to an 85%, earning back ¼ of the 20 points originally missed.

*If you are unsure how to correct a problem, or why it was marked wrong, the first place you should check is the online resources by logging into connectED. Each chapter includes many video tutorials showing how to solve particular problems.

## Check with the Teacher

The DIS Math teachers want to see our students succeed. If your child is struggling with a particular skill or concept, please get in touch with your child's teacher. The teacher sees how your child performs in math every day, and can let you know what you can do to help at home. They can also provide suggestions for additional practice, including perhaps an extra practice page, or specific resources for extra practice within your child's connectEd account.

## Online Resources

connectEd - This is the online resource for My Math. Your child has a username and password. The video embedded above and linked in the previous section is a short video explaining how to get the most out of this resource.

MathAntics

Free video lessons on many math topics from basic arithmetic to beginning algebra. Use the tabs across the top of the page to select the broad topic, and then click on a specific video.

Log in with your Delran Google log in. Under Subjects, and Math by Subject, you can click on your course to find video lessons and practice problems for a variety of skills.

Internet4Classrooms - provides links to free online resources for Pre-K - 8, grouped by grade level and skill. Hover over the appropriate grade level on the left, then go to "Skill Builders," then "Mathematics."

NCTM Illuminations Virtual Manipulatives - this site is sponsored by the national Council of Teachers of Math, and it contains lots of free interactive applets that allow students K-12 to model and explore various mathematical concepts. Use the search bar on the right of the screen to check off the boxes for "Interactives" and the appropriate grade levels. You can further narrow your search by clicking on specific topics.

Guides to Math Apps by Level:

The Tech Edvocate: 15 Best Apps for Elementary Students

The Tech Edvocate: 11 Best Apps for High School Students

## Print Resources for Parents

Washington Post article about how adult attitudes about math affect our kids: "Stop telling kids you're bad at math. You're spreading math anxiety like a virus."

NY Times article - "5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math"

Book - Help Your Kids With Math - this DK book is a one-stop resource for parents. It contains brief, clear explanations and illustrations of basic mathematical concepts from numbers through basic algebra and geometry.

## Private Tutoring

If you'd prefer private tutoring, you can contact the DIS main office or Mrs. Hutchinson (math supervisor) for a recommendation. Some of our teachers tutor privately, and we can put you in contact with someone who is currently taking on new students. The cost of private tutoring would be the responsibility of the student's family.

## Mrs. Hutchinson

K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics, Business, K-5 Computers, Robotics and Co-coordinator of STEM Programming

Check out the wonderful things going on in K-12 math on Twitter @DelranMath

## Math Support @Delran Schools

Check out Mrs. Hutchinson's other digital flyers, describing Math support that students and parents can seek in other Delran schools!

Math Support @ DHS

Math Support @ DMS

Math Support @Millbridge