Week of November 13th News

Dear Parents,

I am so thankful for each of my wonderful students and all of you parents!  I’m wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving Break!  Here’s what we’ve been working on this week in EIP:

First Grade Math

We’ve been using bar manipulatives to model addition and subtraction problems 0-20.  We have also been working on writing number sentences (equations) to help us solve for the missing number in a number bond model!

Second Grade Reading

In reading, we’ve continued to work on spelling and decoding words that follow the Magic E Rule!  We even made Thanksgiving Magic E turkeys!  Don’t forget about the weekly Fluency Practice that is coming home as homework each week!  These practice sheets will really help solidify the work we are doing in class!

Second Grade Math

We have continued to work on using an Orton-Gillingham approach for math computation, while working to solve 2-digit addition and subtraction problems.  I have seen many students progress with these difficult skills, through use of the multi-sensory approach.  Students love getting their hands on the math bars to “build” their problem, before trying to draw and solve it!

Fourth Grade Math

We have finished up multiplying using the area models with the math integer bars.  We have started to learn about multiplicative comparisons, which are helping us to break down the language used in many multiplication word problems.  We will continue to practice this through the end of the week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Mrs. Kidd

Week of November 6, 2017 News

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying the fall weather and the time change!  I cannot believe how quickly October came and went!  Here’s what we’ve been working on in EIP.

First Grade Math:  In first grade math, we’ve been working on addition and subtraction strategies 0-20.  We’re working on breaking apart numbers to make a ten, using ten frames, solving with number lines, and more!  We are also working on using addition and subtraction to help us balance equations.

Second Grade Reading:  In second grade reading, decoding and fluency homework came home for the first time last week.  These brief homework assignments have been designed to help students practice the reading/spelling patterns we’re working on in the EIP classroom.  I’m asking that students also use the repeated reading strategy to improve their word recall and reading fluency, which is why the homework pages have several “smiley faces” to color in…one for each time a student has practiced reading the list!  Please encourage your child to read these homework assignments to you several times each week!

We’ve been working on learning the Magic E rule for reading words.  The Magic E rule says that when an e comes at the end of a word, right after a vowel and one consonant, the E is silent and makes the other vowel say its name, or long sound (CVCE pattern)!

Second Grade Math:  We have been reviewing place value of 3 digit numbers and skip counting.  We even made skip counting spiders to celebrate  Halloween last week.         

We are beginning to work on addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers using a multi-sensory approach to math computation. We’ll be following the steps below:

  1.  Build a model of the problem with blocks.
  2. Drawing a representation of the problem.
  3. Solving the problem with numbers.

This hands-on approach is sure to help many students with this difficult concept!

Fourth Grade Math:  We’ve been working so hard on multiplication models and solving 2 digit by 1 digit and 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication problems.  For each problem, we follow the steps below:

  1. Build a model of the problem with blocks.
  2. Draw a representation of the problem.
  3. Solve using traditional computation.

This has been so helpful in helping many of my fourth graders “see” and truly understand why and how the traditional algorithm works!

I hope that all of my students enjoy having Election Day off from school tomorrow!  I’ll see everyone back on Wednesday!

~Mrs. Kidd

Week of October 23, 2017 News

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy 2 weeks in EIP, and I so enjoyed meeting so many of you last week during conferences.  If I was unable to attend your child’s conference, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!  We are working on starting to use the See Saw APP to record some of our learning in EIP, which can soon be shared with you!  Be on the lookout for information about See Saw log-ins to be coming home with  4th and 2nd grade EIP students!

Here’s a peek at what we’ve been working on in EIP:

First Grade Math:

In first grade, we’ve been working on adding and subtracting 0-20 and solving word problems involving addition and subtraction.  When working on word problems, we’re learning to build a model with manipulatives, draw a picture, and then solve and label their answers.  We’ve had fun working some fall/Halloween themed problems into our classes!


Second Grade Reading:

In second grade reading, we’ve been working on learning about r-controlled vowels and glued sounds.  Students are working hard to not only read words with these patterns, but also spell them.  Look for some very brief decoding homework to begin coming home next week, to help support your child’s reading fluency at home!

Second Grade Math:

I did not get to meet with my second grade math students last week, due to Early Release Schedules.  This week, we’re working on place value through 999 and skip counting by 5, 10, and 100 from any starting number!

Fourth Grade Math:

In fourth grade, we’ve been working on multiplying by multiples of 10 and 100, or multiplying across zeros.  Students learned to:

1.) Find the basic fact.

2.) Count the number of zeros after the basic fact.

3.)  Add that number of zeros to the product.

We learned this before moving on to multiplying 2 digit by 1 digit numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers using the box method or partial products strategies!


Thanks for checking out what we’re learning in EIP!

~Mrs. Kidd

Week of October 9, 2017 EIP News

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy few weeks, both before Fall Break and after!  I enjoyed spending time in the students’ regular classrooms the day before the break to check out all of their awesome STEM Caine’s Arcade games…what creative students we have at East Side.

I will be working hard to make it to many of your parent teacher conferences next week to update you on your child’s progress with me in the EIP program.  If I am unable to attend your scheduled conference, you will be receiving an EIP progress report with your child’s report card.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Here’s what we’ve been working on the past two weeks:

First Grade Math:  In first grade, we’ve been working hard on learning strategies for adding through 10 and solving word problems.  We’ve learned how to use number bonds, number lines, ten frames, and picture drawings to add and subtract through 10.  We’ve been working so hard, I’ve forgotten to snap pictures…so those are coming soon!

Second Grade Reading:  In second grade we’ve been learning different short vowel rules to help us decode and spell words.  We’ve learned about the /k/ rule, for when to use k and when to use ck at the end of a word.  Use -ck to spell the /k/ sound at the end of a one syllable word, immediately following a single, short vowel.  Use k, when the vowel is long or followed by another consonant.  We’ve also learned the FLOSS rule, which says when a one syllable word, with one short vowel, ends with f, l, or s, double the final f, l, or s (and sometimes z).  This week, we’ll be learning about r-controlled vowels.

Second Grade Math:  In second grade math, we’ve been working very hard on counting money and solving word problems involving money.  We have been applying the CUBES problem solving strategy when solving money word problems, just like when we were solving problems involving addition and subtraction through 20.  We have been working to solve problems, by drawing out coins and counting up the value.

Fourth Grade Math:  In fourth grade, we’ve been learning properties of multiplication, and how to multiply 2-digit numbers using the Box Method.  We have also been practicing multiplying numbers across zeros (example:  70 x 60, 500 x 9, etc.).  We will be learning more strategies for multiplication in the coming week and a half, like partial products and the area model.  Please continue to practice basic multiplication facts at home, so that more complex multiplication is easier and faster.

Thank you for all you do to support your child at home, I’m seeing a lot of progress from all of my awesome EIP students.

~Mrs. Kidd

Week of September 5, 2017 News

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.  Here’s what we’re working on in my EIP classes this week!

First Grade Math:

In first grade, we have reviewed ways to make 10.  This is a fundamental skill for fact fluency, so we will work on learning combinations of ten regularly, until it becomes second nature.  We have also started learning how to solve word problems through 10.  We are working on basic, one step joining and separating problems this week.  Students are learning to draw a model, make a number sentence (equation), and label their answer.

Second Grade Math:

We are also working on problem solving in second grade.  This week we learned the CUBES Strategy for solving word problems.  Students can use this acronym to work through simple one-step problems now, and continue to use the strategy as problems become more complex.  I expect students to be able to turn the question into a statement, draw a bar model, write a number sentence, and show their work to solve for EVERY problem.  This is the problem solving routine suggested by math expert Greg Tang, when he trained East Side teachers a few years ago.  We will be practicing these steps throughout the year.  If you want more practice with bar models and word problems, check out Greg Tang’s free Word Problem Generator at gregtangmath.com.

Second Grade Reading:

In reading this week, we are working on the sounds of /k/ spelled with a c, k, and ck.  We learned tricks for when to spell the /k/ sound at the beginning of a word and how to spell it at the end of a word.

The k-ck rule says to use -ck to spell the /k/ sound at the end of a word, directly after a short vowel.  Use k, after a consonant, long vowel sound, or vowel team.  We are working on reading and spelling words following this rule.

Fourth Grade Math:

In fourth grade math, we are also using the CUBES Strategy to solve word problems involving multi-digit addition and subtraction, and basic multiplication and division.  My fourth graders made their own flipbooks to remind them of the steps to CUBES, but they are already becoming much more confident problem solvers.  We are also working on adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.

I’m working to update math and language arts links this week, so check those out soon.   As always, please feel free to contact me!

~Mrs. Kidd

Week of August 28th Happenings

Here is a look into what Mrs. Kidd’s EIP students are currently learning!

Second Grade Reading:

We’ve been reviewing short and long vowel sounds, common beginning and ending blends, and how to read and spell open and closed syllables.  Students should understand that closed syllables end with one or more consonants and have one, short vowel (examples:  chin, clap, rot, test, hut).  Open syllables end with a vowel, and that long vowel says its name (examples: chi, go, be, my).


Second Grade Math: 

We have been reviewing place value and starting to work on basic addition and subtraction fact strategies to mentally add through 20.  We are learning the relationship between part-part-whole models and addition/subtraction number sentences.  This will lay the foundation for multi-digit computation and basic word problems.

First Grade Math:

In first grade, we are practicing writing numbers 1-50, and how to represent numbers 11-20 as combinations of a ten and ones!


Fourth Grade Math:

In fourth grade, we have been reviewing place value through the millions, rounding numbers and addition of multi-digit numbers.  To strengthen basic multiplication facts, we are starting to learn skip counting chains,  This week we learned how to quickly skip count by 3s to 30.  This is a research based strategy for building multiplication fluency.


It’s been a great week!


Mrs. Kidd