Visit my Math Videos page for all the strategies we are learning in class.
Check out the Quizlet links in the math links section to practice vocabulary! Students signed up in class and should sign in using their LISD Google Student Account!
Homework 4th Nine Weeks
The expectations for math homework the fourth 9 weeks are below. All students have set up an Xtra Math (XM) account and Imagine Math (IM) account. Logins for both sites should be in your child's planner. Please do not set up a new account for your child at home.
- Student Books
- Throughout the week, students may be asked to take student books home if they did not complete work in class. Books should return to class the next day.
- They may also be asked to take the student book home if they were absent.
- Imagine Math
- Assigned on Friday; due the following Friday
- Students need to pass 1 lesson a week.
- Students who pass at least 16 lessons of Imagine Math this 9 weeks will receive a party.
- Math Facts
- Students should practice Math Facts daily for 5 minutes.
- Students can practice with flash cards, Xtra Math or any other way you can find.
- Students must get on Xtra Math 2 days a week so we can track progress which takes about 10 minutes.
- Quizlet: Students should get on Quizlet at least 10 minutes a week to practice their academic vocabulary.
- Students may continue to play Prodigy for fun after they have completed required homework. If students have completed all required homework by Wednesday of each week, they will be allowed to play Prodigy during our math computer time.
If you are working with your child at home and don't understand the model or strategy they are using, please visit my website. There are videos on all of our concepts, helpful websites and extra practice.
Helpful Tips for Stress Free Math Homework
Keep these things in mind as you interact with your children during homework time:
- Homework will always be strategies and concepts we have done in class. Homework is extra practice and while it may be challenging, it should be accomplished by the student with little to no help from parents. Being their cheerleader and setting a regular homework time will help most!
- If your child does not understand a concept, they can get help during the school day. Beginning after Labor Day, I will offer math help at multiple different times on multiple different days. An email update will come after Labor Day.
- Kids are way different today than when we were kids. If you're my age, you used a pay phone to call your parents, didn't have a cell phone until college and were told you needed to memorize math facts and do the standard algorithm. They don't think the way we do because the world has changed a lot. Math instruction has changed to a more visual, creative, out of the box thinking style to accommodate these learners in our digital age. It's ok if you don't understand the new math, but know that your children are thinking about numbers in ways we never did. They'll be the next innovators of new technology!
- The last memories you have of math are probably of your high school or college math classes. Your child is 9 or 10 and the way they understand numbers is very different than a high school or college student. While it may not make sense to you, it may make perfect sense (or will with a little practice) to your child. Ask them to teach you this new strange math!
- Finally, allow your child to struggle. Obviously, you don't want a full on melt down, but brain research shows that completing challenging tasks or struggling grows our brains. The struggle and mistakes is where the real learning happens. Take 15 minutes to watch these videos on what we have learned about how our brains process math and make new learning. We have been talking a lot about growth mindset and learning from our failures.
Addition and Subtraction