# PROBLEM SOLVERS

## MONSTER thanks!

I am so deeply touched by the overwhelming number of pictures, cards, letters, and gifts that I received last week. I feel so appreciated, loved, and supported. I received several gifts with no name tag and also discovered this weekend that one of the members of my family accidentally threw away my "thank you list". Please know that your generosity was received and that I am so thankful for you all and your gifts of appreciation.

## We've Got Skills . . .

They're Multiplyin'

## JUST THE FACTS!

This week we will begin working on the 4x facts. Please practice these facts with your first grade mathematician each afternoon or evening. They will need to complete 25 facts in 2 1/2 minutes for their assessment NEXT Wednesday, May 13.
Remember to keep practicing all previous learned facts: addition facts 0+0 through 9+9, subtracting 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 facts, and 5x, 2x, 3x multiplication facts. There will be a subtraction review assessment NEXT Thursday, May 14. Students will need to complete 100 subtraction review facts in 6 minutes.

## HOW CAN WE PRACTICE???

Practice skip counting by 5's from 0-50 and from 50-0, by 2's from 0-20 and 20-0, by 3's from 0-30 and 30-0, and by 4's from 0-40 and 40-0. The more familiar the first graders are with the multiples of the number, the quicker and easier multiplication will be!
Practice while getting ready in the morning and/or getting ready for bed. Practice in the car on your way to and from school. Any time you have a few seconds - practice skip counting. The 5x and 2x facts haven't been too challenging. The 3x and 4x facts tend to be a bit more difficult.

## Flashcard Challenge

On Friday our Magnificent Mathematicians shaved 5 seconds off their time and correctly read and answered 49 subtraction flashcards in 51 seconds. We are only 1 second away from our flashcard challenge with Mrs. Davis and two seconds away from our reward!!! Stay tuned to see how we are doing!

## MATH CONCEPTS

Check out what our young mathematicians will be working on this week:
• dividing by 2
• finding the area of a rectangle
• multiplying by 0 facts
• identifying the multiples of 2, 3, 4, and 5
• solving a problem by guessing and checking
• making and using a multiplication table
• selecting an appropriate tool to measure mass
• measuring weight (mass) using metric units

## Contact Mrs. Bardes

Check out the math page on my website for great ideas, apps, and websites for math!