# Happy Spring!

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy first few weeks of SPRING!  I hope you all enjoy a relaxing Spring Break.  Here’s what we’ve been working on in EIP for the past few weeks!

We ended the 3rd Quarter by reviewing addition and subtraction word problems, and I saw your children making so much progress with a challenging skill.  We have started the fourth nine weeks by learning about 2D and 3D shapes and how to partition, or divide, shapes into equal parts.

In second grade reading we have been working on reading AND spelling two-syllable words.  We have learned about how to read ostrich words (VCCCV pattern)tiger words (V/CV pattern), and camel words (VC/V pattern).  The students have been so excited to learn to read and spell so many new, challenging word types!

In math, we finished the 3rd quarter by reviewing 3-digit addition and subtraction.  We will continue to work on this standard during this last quarter of school as well.  We started the last quarter, by reviewing place value through 999.  This week, we have been learning about the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes.

In fourth grade, we’ve been reviewing computation and word problem skills from the beginning of the year.  We’ve worked on place value, rounding, addition and subtraction using the standard algorithm, multiplication, and division.  I know our students are going to ROCK the Milestones when we return in April!

Have a WONDERFUL Spring Break!  See you all in April!

~Mrs. Kidd

# Welcome March 2018!

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful February break!  I LOVED being outside enjoying the warm weather with my family, and I enjoyed hearing about all of your adventures from your children last week.  Here’s what we worked on last week, and what we’re moving into this week!

In first grade we are working on solving word problems.  We’ve been using problem solving mats with manipulatives to help model word problems involving unknowns in various positions.  Last week we worked on change unknown problems and this week we’ll be reviewing comparison problems that involve an unknown difference and problems where the bigger number is unknown.

In second grade we are continuing to work on syllable division rules for two syllable words that have a VCCV pattern in the middle of the word.  So far we’ve learned about rabbit words (two closed syllables), reptile words (one closed syllable and one magic e syllable), and hornet words (at least one r-controlled syllable).  This week, we’ll be learning about candy words (words with one closed syllable and one open syllable ending in a y).  I’m seeing a lot of progress with decoding skills, by teaching students how to spot these patterns, divide the words into syllables, read the syllables, and then blend them into a complete word.  EIP Reading homework for the week of March 5th will focus on CANDY WORDS!

In second grade math, we’ve been reviewing problem solving and focusing our time on solving 3-digit addition and subtraction using a variety of strategies.  This requires a lot of practice!

In fourth grade we’ve been working so hard identifying improper fractions and mixed numbers, multiplying fractions, and solving fraction word problems  using visual models and number sentences.  This week, we’ll begin relating fractions and decimals!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

The EIP classroom is in need of a few supplies!  We would LOVE donations of paper towel rolls, tissues, and Clorox wipes.  If you are able to donate any of the supplies, we would be so appreciative!

Thank you so much!

~Mrs. Kidd

# What’s We’ve Been Up To!

Dear Parents,

Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to in Mrs. Kidd’s EIP Classes!  I hope everyone has a wonderful February Break!  🙂

We’ve been working on addition and subtraction strategies and how to add 2-digit and 1-digit numbers together.  We’ve been using an Orton-Gillingham Math approach for this standard.  We start by building a model of each problem, then draw the problem, and finally, we solve.  This hands-on approach to math has helped students solidify their understanding of the skill!

In second grade, we’ve been working on syllable division rules, to help us spell and read multi-syllabic words.  We are working on VCCV words–with 2 different patterns: rabbit words and reptile words.  Rabbit words have two closed syllables and reptile words have one closed syllable and one magic e syllable.  For homework, students should be coding and dividing their list of reptile words this week, before they practice reading the list of words three times each.  This week we’re working on an “Unlock” or “Breakout” Valentine’s Phonics challenge.  Students are working on dividing words into syllable, sorting words, and reading fluency passages with rabbit and reptile words in them!

In second grade math, we finished working on money word problems last week. We are working on adding three-digit numbers using the Orton-Gillingham Math approach.  The steps include: 1.) Build a model of the problem with blocks.  2.)  Draw a picture of the problem.  3.) Solve!  We’re also working on reviewing problem solving strategies as a warm-up each day.

In fourth grade, we’ve been learning all about fractions.  We’ve learned different ways to show equivalent fractions, how to compare and order fractions, and we’re just starting to learn all about mixed numbers and improper fractions.  The fourth graders are having so much fun with fractions!

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and February Break!

Love,

Mrs. Kidd

# Week of January 22nd News

Dear Parents,

I feel like I have barely seen my awesome EIP students since returning from the winter holidays!  Here’s what we’ve been working on in EIP class!

We’ve been working on comparing numbers and reviewing how to solve addition and subtraction problems with a variety of strategies.  We’re working on counting on, making a ten, and mentally adding and subtracting 10 from a number!

In reading, we’ve been working on reading and spelling words that follow The “CH” Rule.  This is another short vowel rule, similar to the FLOSS Rule and “K” Rule, but it has proven to be a bit challenging!  We’ll continue to review/revisit this rule throughout the year!  Please don’t forget to help your child complete his/her EIP Reading homework each week!

In math, we’ve been reviewing place value and have also started working on counting combinations of money, including quarters!  We are using “touch points” to help us count money, which has helped many of my students feel more comfortable counting large combinations of coins.

We reviewed division strategies for the first few days back to school.  Then, we’ve moved into learning about fractions.  We have learned different ways to represent fractions, vocabulary terms like numerator, denominator, and equal parts, and we’re beginning to learn about equivalent fractions.

Looking forward to a great ending to the month of January!

~Mrs. Kidd

# December 2017

We are wrapping up the first half of the school year with a flurry of activities!  Thanks always for all you do at home to help your students.  Here’s a quick overview of what we’re working on before the break!

We’ve been working on addition and subtraction word problems.  For each problem, students should be able to write an equation (number sentence), show a strategy to solve, and write and label their answer!  Students are making great progress with this skill!

We’ve been working on learning the sounds/rules for hard and soft c and g.  Students have learned that when a c or a g is followed by an e, i, or y, then the c or g makes its soft sound.

In second grade math, we’ve been reviewing addition and subtraction, and applying what we’ve learned to solving one and two-step word problems.  Second graders are also expected to create a number sentence to solve each word problem, show their work, and label their answers!

In 4th grade, we’ve been working on learning how to divide numbers by a 1-digit divisor with and without remainders.  We’ve worked on using repeated subtraction, partial quotients, and column division as strategies for solving division problems.

Mrs. Kidd

# 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:

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!

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!

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!

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.

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:

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.