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Math Update for Week 1

September 9, 2018 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

One of my favorite picture books is “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse” by Kevin Henkes.  Throughout the book, the above sentence is repeated often.  This week I kept saying it over and over in my mind.  Wow!  That’s about all I can say, wow!  We have such a fabulous class and we are incredibly grateful to be able to spend our day with your children!

Math started on Wednesday and we started right off with our Figure Me Out Posters.  They gave clues about themselves that are answered with math problems to help us all get to know each other.  They will be posted just outside our door, so if you get a chance, stop by and meet our class!

This next week we are looking forward to diving right into numbers and place value.

For 4th grade math:

By the end of this week your child should be able to:

  • read and write numbers up to 1,000,000
  • Show numbers in standard, word and expanded form
  • Understand the difference between a digit’s place and its value

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • What other terms can you use for the word number? (digit and numeral)
  • Give a number and ask what it looks like in the different forms.
  • On Thursday, what is the difference between a digit’s place and its value?

We will be checking homework logs this week.  Remember to practice 10 minutes of math facts and read 20 minutes each night.  If your child doesn’t have his/her log initialed they will go to study hall during lunch.  We will begin assessing math facts next week starting with multiplication.  Your child can choose whatever number they would like to start on.  The recommendation is to start on 10s, 2s, or 5s.  If your child is unable to pass a math fact test in the first 3 weeks, I will be contacting you to make a plan to help this to happen.  Thank you for your support with this.  Mastery of math facts leads to greater success in the other areas of math.

For 3rd grade math:

By the end of this week your child should be able to:

  • read and write numbers up to 1,000
  • Show numbers in standard, word and expanded form
  • Understand the difference between a digit’s place and its value

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • What other terms can you use for the word number? (digit and numeral)
  • Give a number and ask what it looks like in the different forms.
  • On Thursday, what is the difference between a digit’s place and its value?

We will be checking homework logs this week.  Remember to practice 10 minutes of math facts and read 20 minutes each night.  If your child doesn’t have his/her log initialed they will go to study hall at the end of the day.  We will begin assessing math facts next week starting with multiplication.  Your child can choose whatever number they would like to start on.  The recommendation is to start on 10s, 2s, or 5s.  If your child is unable to pass a math fact test in the first 3 weeks, I will be contacting you to make a plan to help this to happen.  Thank you for your support with this.  Mastery of math facts leads to greater success in the other areas of math.