Math Department 3rd-5th Grade

Wk 34 News/Updates: Learning as if you were to live forever

Team Message:

Hello Team,

Have you recently asked yourself "what will happen to my students once they leave me?" Are they prepared? Have I fostered and cultivated the will to learn in them? As you round out the year take a step back and reflect on these questions. We have exactly 6 weeks of school left for you to make an impact in a way that will influence your students lives forever! As you read through this week's newsletter, please note any questions or comments that pop up and as always feel free to reach out to Katrina or Krysten.


**Note we have received questions about Engage New York and whether it will be our curriculum for next year! The Math Department will use Engage NY in it's entirety as our Core Curriculum, with adjustments to pacing to meet the needs of benchmark testing and TNReady.

3-5 Math Network PD: CAES Allyson Chambers Room

Our final Network PD (tear) will be held in Allyson Chambers classroom at Corning. Wednesday, April 20th starting promptly at 3:00pm


Focus: 2016-2017 Classroom Manipulatives Audit and DonorsChoose

Pre-work: Please create a list of manipulatives (base ten blocks, rulers, white boards, etc.) that you currently have. Note whether or not you have a math kit and be prepared to draft a grade level wish list for the 2016-2017 school year.


In grade teams, teachers will go through each module of the Engage NY curriculum and note what manipulatives are must haves, kind of need but could do without, and are just plain wanted but not needed. This list will be submitted to the academics team for review, but to tip the scale in our favor we will also create "DonorsChoose accounts".

Curriculum and Instruction Updates and Reminders:

Daily Expectations:

  • Pacing calendars printed and on hand everyday or posted in a visible easily accessible location.
  • Guided notes are being used in every Math class everyday!
  • Creativity, use of manipulatives to help build foundational concepts, interactive workstations, engaged students, relevant anchor charts just to name a few.
  • Core lesson focus points as well as small group focus points. This means that teachers should not be using packets with randomly mixed skills to get students ready for testing. Teachers should strategically teach core skills (noted in the pacing) to mastery and use their small group and workstation time to reinforce skills to be assessed on TNReady part 2 or MAP according to daily/weekly data.

Targeted Re-Teaching with a GROWTH or GRADE Level Focus:


  • Utilize your updated pacing calendars and the MAP RIT Band Resources provided at CPD to hone in on center activities, small group focus skills, intervention, tutoring, etc.
  • If you have been inconsistent with pulling small groups or making sure you incorporate targeted support to sub-groups of students, start now! Challenge yourself to meet the needs of EVERY STUDENT in your class over the next 6 weeks.
  • Make sure that do nows, center rotations, and guided math groups incorporate spiraled skills as well as current skills. #Connections #Connections #Connections Make sure students are making connections within skills and across skills!
  • Do Nows should not consume instructional time! They should be procedural or computation focused. Reserve problem solving for stations, small group, and/or core lessons.
  • Grade level curriculum zip folders include a variety of scaffolding resources that can also be used as spiral review resources.

ANET 4 Data Highlights: Note this is the national comparison! You can also filter down to the TENNESSEE comparison. You will notice increased scores when compared to other schools in the state!

Focus and be Targeted vs. Random and Broad

  • Use this information to adjust your workstation, do now, or small group focus skills (if needed for the most part the data matches your current pacing)
  • You will notice that in most grades students did better on the skills that you have been focusing on as a core skill or small group skill over the past two weeks. As you reflect what does that tell you about your students? About their true mastery level of certain skills? Does this mean you try to reteach everything they did not master over the next two weeks? or..... Does this mean you dig deep in to the skills you have currently paced out and use student performance data day to day to make individualized adjustments?

SPOTLIGHT TEACHER: Deborah O'Neal "Digging Deep and Meeting the needs of EVERY student!"

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Deborah has gone above and beyond to improve her guided math station. She is intentional about analyzing student data in the moment and providing explicit support to individual students. Looking for some great interactive station ideas, reach out! Her workstations run like a well oiled machine and always have meaningful and rigorous activities.

Deborah can also be seen working with students at lunch, during arrival, on the way to the rest room, etc. "Doing WHATEVER it TAKES" is just what she does! Way to go O'Neal!


We will have 1 more spotlight teacher in May! Will it be YOU?

What's happening across the NETWORK? "Math in action"

Shout Out to M Crawford for working hard on this Anchor Chart and Using it Effectively in her Lesson! The students were working really hard to grasped "Splitting Tens and Ones" #GH4L

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Math Department Resource Hub on Sharepoint

This is a working hub that will evolve and grow throughout the school year. You will find both resources from Katrina and the C & I Team here.


3rd-5th Grade Math Resources and Curriculum 2015-2016 School Year direct link: (copy the whole link and paste it if it doesn't open)

https://tnasd.sharepoint.com/teams/academics/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/3-5 Math Additional Resources.aspx

Math Department Resource Hub on Sharepoint 2014-2015 School Year Direct Link: