Elementary Math

September

Who We Are

Jacque Prater is the new K-2 Math Learning Specialist. This is her 9th year in education and has experience in multiple grade levels! She is definitely your go-to gal when it comes to technology and Smart Board lessons :). Jacque is a wife, and mom to an adorable 14 month old baby girl!


Cindy Bogart is your 3-4 Learning Specialist. This is her 18th year in education with the last 2 years being a LS in Wylie. Her passion is math talks and she would love to share ideas with you! Cindy is a wife, and mom to a baseball playing, trumpet learning pre-teen boy.


We are available to assist with planning, implementing and modeling lessons. We also provide resources like unit outlines and lessons.

Kindegarten

Our Kindergartners are not only just adjusting to being in school they are also learning their numbers 0-5 and counting to 30. They are learning how to count forward and backward, conserving a set, comparing numbers and set of the objects using the language greater than/less than, and creating set of objects that are greater than or less than a given number, to 5. They are also having fun with subitzing during this unit!
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First Grade

Our first graders will be working on subitizing, composing and decomposing numbers, representing and solving addition and subtraction situations to 10. They will be using basic fact strategies. This is a review of kindergarten and is a good time to really develop those basic strategies before moving to the basic facts to 20. We will begin using word problems and part part whole as well during this unit.

Second Grade

Our second graders are working on place value and number relationships. When working on place value students should be composing and decomposing numbers to 1,200. They should be representing numbers in multiple ways (such as, standard form, expanded form, open number lines, base ten, place value disks, word form, etc.). It is also important to show the same number with different combinations. They will also be working on comparing and ordering these same numbers.
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Third Grade

Our third graders will complete the important place value this month. Students have the difficult task of reading, writing, saying, and expanding numbers through the 100,000's place. Place value is a difficult skill for students to grasp and it is important to remember C-R-A. The purpose of teaching through a concrete to representational to abstract approach is to make sure students completely understand the skill or concept before executing the problem on their own. Concrete is the "doing" stage and allows for manipulatives and models. Representational is the "seeing" stage and this is where they transition from models to drawing their thinking. And abstract is the "symbolic" stage. This means the using equations and symbols.
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Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade is also working on place value with the extra kick of decimals. The big idea for them is understand of the relationship in the Base 10 System. Base 10 refers to the numbering system in common use. Take a number like 475, base ten refers to the position, the 5 is in the one's place, the 7 is in the ten's place and the 4 is in the hundred's place. Each number is 10 times the value to the right of it, hence the term base ten. Here is an example of a pattern: 100,000,10,000,1,000,100,10,1 0.1, 0.01.
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Google Crazy

You may have noticed we have been creating more items using Google services. All the learning specialists are experimenting with slides, docs and spread sheets this year. Just to let you know, every teacher AND student has a Wylie Google account! Students do not have access to email, but they can use their account to create presentations and share documents. The beauty of Google is accessibility...the kids can do not have to save their work to flash drives!! Students (and teachers) can access their work from any computer with Internet access. Teacher info is below...please know that you often default to personal account when you click on Google. You will need to log out and login using the info below! If you cannot login, please contact Kelly Soliz (kelly.soliz@wylieisd.net) or Lee Hattaway (Lee.Hattaway@wylieisd.net) for a reset.
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Writing in Math

We have placed some sentence starters, math prompts and math talk cards in Forethought (under general resources) to guide writing across the curriculum. In primary grades, drawing a picture and simple equations is appropriate. As students develop their oral and written language, you can stretch their writing to sentences. In upper elementary, students can write justification statements as a way to express their thinking. Posing a problem with an incorrect solution allows them to defend their thoughts, or change their thinking. .