Week of August 26-30

Good News! Now that all of my class rosters have been uploaded, I have been able to put grades in the computer. You may check out your child’s grades in ParentVue. (Please note: There are a couple of students that still need to be moved under my name for math, so their math grades will not show.) I will be sending home graded work tomorrow.

OUR WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

4th Grade

Place Value Test on Tuesday– This will cover place value from ones to millions. (Hint: It wouldn’t hurt for them to know tenths, hundredths, and thousandths place). They will need to be able to write numbers in standard, expanded, and word form. Comparing large numbers will also be on this test.

Get ready for the math lab fun to begin!! Students will be using what they learned in the first chapter to complete their very first math lab. They will be looking at the salaries of some of the Falcons players and making a huge decision for the team.

5th Grade

This week we will be practicing writing equations. We will also be looking at decimal place value. Students will practice writing in expanded form (we will looking at a new way) and comparing numbers. They will be having a test on Tuesday. I will make sure we do a quick review before the test since they will have Monday off.

Week of August 19-23

The first week of math was a success! I have enjoyed getting to see all of my kiddos from last year and meeting new faces. They are definitely getting excited about the year.

Thank you so much for everyone who has sent in supplies! Students will get a lot of use out of everything.

Prodigy Codes

Here’s the moment some of the kids have waited for…our class Prodigy codes!

Prodigy is a fun game online where students can battle it out by solving math problems. In the past, students have loved the enrichment and the gaming side of it. I do not require students to play, but it is a great way for them to be exposed to higher level math. The more “battles” they win, the higher the topics they will see.

Click here to start playing.  Prodigy Game

Class Codes

4th Grade-  A4AB1O

5th Grade- 42876F

Our Week in a Nutshell

4th Grade: This week we will continue learning about the value of large numbers. We have learned about hundredths to millions place. Students will be rounding large numbers to a specified place value and comparing them. Students will be bringing home a quick spiral review to work on this week. It will not be due until Friday.

XtraMath– Students are bringing home a letter about fact fluency and XtraMath. Please have your child sign up with my code, even if they are doing it with their classroom. I am only requiring it to be completed three times a week; however, the best results happen when it is completed daily.

We have been having a little bit of difficulty with making transitions and following TEAM procedures during AC Math. We are losing quite a bit of instructional time redirecting students. Learning how to switch classes and having different teachers is hard. Please help by giving a gentle reminder of your expectations. Before our fun math labs begin, we will need to learn how to make smoother transitions with fewer distractions.

 

5th Grade: We will be finishing up perfecting the order of operations using PEMDAS. There will be a quiz on Wednesday that covers order of operations. After that, students will be looking at place value and rounding numbers. Students will be bringing home a quick spiral review to work on this week. It will not be due until Friday.

 

Week of August 12-16

Let the Math Fun Begin!

Woohoo!! AC Math classes will begin this week!! Each week, I will be posting what we will be learning and any upcoming tests. Please check your child’s agenda for specific homework assignments. Be looking for two letters that will be sent home the first day of math class.

Cobb Academic Division

Check out these amazing videos and resources for parents from the Cobb Academic Division. There are videos and an overview for each unit we will be doing this year. On the right side of the page, there are explanations and examples for each standard.  I will post when we are moving into a new unit to keep you updated. Go ahead and check out Unit 1, which is where we will begin.

Our Week in a Nutshell

4th Grade: This week we will be looking at the Standards for Mathematical Practice and what they mean. We will be starting our unit on place value. Students will be reading, writing, and comparing multi-digit numbers. They will be working with larger numbers and writing them in standard, written and expanded form.

5th Grade:  This week we are discussing place value, which includes whole numbers and decimals. Students will be reading, writing, and comparing numbers from the thousandths to the millions. We will also begin solving problems using the Order of Operations (PEMDAS)!

Standards for Mathematical Practice- What are those???

  •  Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and reasonably.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.

 

“Math Person” Myth

Did you know there is no such thing as a “math person”? We are ALL math people. It all boils down to your mindset. In fact, being successful in math has everything to do with your belief in your own potential. If you believe you can learn, you will achieve at higher levels!

In this class, we will approach all new tasks (simple and challenging) with a GROWTH MINDSET!

Watch This! BATMAN, BELIEF, & A MATH GROWTH MINDSET

Here’s what you can do to support a growth mindset in math:

  • Praise effort over outcomes.
  • Celebrate mistakes as learning opportunities. It is OK for students not to make a 100 on everything!!  These are perfect learning opportunities.
  • Encourage students to embrace challenges.
  • Give time for deep thinking.
  • Support productive struggle.  This is really hard for teachers and parents. It is OK for them to struggle and not to know what to do right away. Giving them the answer right away when they are stuck, doesn’t allow them to grow.
  • Practice visual mathematics.
  • Tend to your child’s beliefs about themselves.