Mrs. Williams's Weekly Math Update

August 31 - September 4, 2015

Timed Math Facts

Wow! We've had 73% of our class test-out of timed math facts. I am so very proud of how hard the students have worked to accomplish this goal. We will test through September 8 and I'm confident we will reach 100%. Please continue to work each night with your child.

This Week

Graded math tests went home last Friday. If your child scored below 70%, there will be an opportunity to re-test this Friday. I am working with small groups during lunchtime to provide extra support and instruction. Additional practice will also come home. Traditionally, the lowest scores of the year are made on the first test because students are not yet into the routine of testing. Do not panic! I will work closely with your child to ensure he/she is successful and feels confident about math.

This week's skills include:

  • 2.4 number stories
  • 2.7 estimating products
  • 2.8 multiplication of whole numbers and decimals
  • Statistics: mean, median, mode, range

As a note, I will present the traditional algorithm for multiplication of whole numbers and decimals. This is the preferred algorithm for Middle School Math. We will not use the lattice algorithm.


Students will receive homework each night to reinforce and practice skills introduced in class. The student homework workbook is called Study Links. This book should be kept at home and should not come back to school. In case of a lost or missing book, you can access the Study Links content through the link below.