# Math is Happening Here! And Visitors too!

We are now closing in on the end of Week 7!  I think everyone is starting to feel really good about all of our classroom routines and procedures and there is some amazing learning going on these days.

Mrs. Burley and I have decided to split the math curriculum this year.  I am focusing on Number and Operations.  This is just one strand but it is a very big one with a lot of outcomes.  Mrs. Burley will be focusing on Pattern and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability.  I feel very fortunate that we are able to split the curriculum in this way.  First of all, this means that the students will be working on Number and Operations all year long without stopping!  In my opinion, this is the best way for the students to achieve success in all of the Number Outcomes.

Splitting the curriculum also also means that students will have a chance to be working on the other three strands throughout the year as well.  If there were only one of us, we would take short breaks in working on Number Outcomes to focus on the other outcomes for a few weeks at a time.  I’m very excited to see the progress that the students will make this year!

A quick explanation of the outcomes that the students have been working on in Math so far:

N1:  Say the number sequence, 1-100:

~ Count by 2, 5, and 10 (forward and backward)

~Count by 10’s using different starting points from 1 to 9

N3:  Describe order or retive position using oridinals (up to tenth)

N4:  Represent and describe numbers to 100 symbollically, pictorially and concretely

N5:  Compare and Order numbers up to 100

N6:  Estimate quatities to 100 using referents.

N8:  Demonstrate and explain the effect of adding zero.

PR1:  Demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns (3-5 elements)

PR2:  Demonstrate and understanding of increasing patterns by:  describing, extending, comparing, creating using manipulatives, diagrams, sounds, and actions.

SS1:  Relate the number of the days to a week and the number of months to a year in a problem-solving context.

SP1: Gather and record data about self and others to answer questions.

Ways to Practice at Home:

It is really simple to set up little games to practice and reinforce what the students are learning in school.

Right now we are working distinguishing currency.  Students are expected to know the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.  They are also expected to represent and describe numbers up to 100.  So, a simple game at home would be to say a number between 1 and 100 and give your child a handful a change to work with.  Ask them to make the number in as many different ways as they can using coins.  For example:  To make the number 24 I could use 24 pennies, or two dimes and 4 pennies, or 1 dime and 2 nickels and 4 pennies, etc.

Students are also working on increasing patterns.  You can use household objects such as cutlery while setting the table to make patterns.  You can also make sound patterns by clapping or using animal noises!

This week was very exciting for the students.  We had our first special visitors come to perform a concert.  Donna and Andy performed on Monday for the students.  We are really enjoyed the show and we even had a few STARS in our classroom who were invited up on stage!

Thanks Donna and Andy for the Great Show!