February 11 BOE Meeting 7:00 PM at SHS
February 15-16 President’s Day Recess-No School
February 19 DMS Movie Night: Minions!
February 23 Math & Science Night 6:30 TO 8 PM at DMS
February 28 Sugar Rush Concert at the Velvet Mill from 4-7PM
March 1 PTO Meeting 6:30 PM in the DMS Library
March 2 Read Across America Day
March 4 Author Illustrator Day
March 10 Early Dismissal for Students at 1:10 PM
March 10 BOE Meeting 7:00 PM at SHS
March 11 Staff Development: No School for students
March 14 Report Cards Issued
March 21 World Down Syndrome Day!
March 25 Good Friday-No School for students
Math at DMS
The focus of this month’s article is on the Deans Mill School Math program. We implement a rigorous, hands-on math program that helps students develop the necessary skills to apply concepts to real world applications. One of the primary goals of our math program is to help students gain the essential skills for future success. With the assistance of our Mathematics Teacher Leaders, we would like to provide you with an overview of our programming.
Investigations Math in K & 1
Kindergarten and First Grade students use a math program called Investigations.
In Kindergarten, students focus primarily on two important areas: numbers & counting and addition & subtraction. Young students develop their understanding of the operations of addition and subtraction by having many opportunities to count, visualize, model, solve and discuss different types of problems. Many of the number and counting activities in Kindergarten build a bridge to the operations of addition and subtraction, as students add a small amount to a set or remove a small amount from a set and figure out, “How many now?” One of the ways students are introduced to addition and subtraction is via story problems about combining and separating. They retell the stories, act them out, and solve them, by modeling the action involved and using counting strategies. Students also play a variety of games that model the operations of addition and subtraction. They have repeated experiences joining two or more amounts, and removing an amount from a whole.
In Grade One, students work with whole numbers and place value throughout the year—including grouping numbers into tens and ones as they learn to add
and subtract up through 20. Students also use charts, tables, and
diagrams to solve problems. Right now in first grade students are focused on collecting and organizing data. First graders create their own representations of the data they collect, organizing their data and providing an image that helps them describe what the data show. Students are also introduced to several standard forms of representation, including picture graphs, tallies, charts, and bar graphs. By discussing and comparing representations, students consider what features of a representation help communicate a clear description of the data.
For more information you can access the Investigations family page: https://investigations.terc.edu/families/
Eureka Math in Partnership with Investigations - Grades 2-4
Students in Grades 2, 3, and 4 have been utilizing some new math materials this school year. Eureka Math is a logical and systematic approach that fosters problem solving and higher level thinking while aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students learn to work collaboratively while tackling challenging math concepts.
What Eureka Math is and is not
Using real-world problems Not endless exercises without context
Understanding why Not isolated memorization
Explaining your reasoning Not working alone
Doing math in your head Not relying on a calculator
During each daily lesson, students participate in a variety of learning activities. In the early grades, a focus upon fact fluency is daily practice. Students complete a variety of word problems and receive immediate feedback during the lesson, while also collaborating with other students to formulate solutions. At the end of each lesson, students take part in an “Exit Ticket,” a very brief check-in where the teacher can determine understanding. With this information, small groups can be created the next day to reteach and support any students. This allows for students’ growth to be monitored closely and continually. Further supporting learning are homework tasks that perfectly mirror classwork where students have an opportunity to apply skills independently at home.
Eureka Math has challenging and engaging math materials for students. There are also resources for parents to help their children at home. You can follow this link for further parent information from Eureka Math. http://greatminds.net/parents
*Special thanks to Kristen Morehouse and Tim Whipple for their contributions to this article.
If you have any specific questions about your child’s math program, please feel free to reach out to their classroom teacher for further explanation.
Jenn and Tom