Mrs. Buzalsky

RHL Math 6th & 7th

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new year! I am excited to finally be able to draw from my own home schooling experience as a teacher at River Homelink. We will be dissecting math and discovering what makes it TICK! Our students will strengthen foundation skills to unlock their inner mathematician and become stronger math students. We will employ a four part strategy to combat ingrained math phobias and take the sting out of learning math.

This year we are adopting Open Up Resources as our math curriculum.

¨The value of a problem-based approach is that students spend most of their time in math class doing mathematics: making sense of problems, estimating, trying different approaches, selecting and using appropriate tools, evaluating the reasonableness of their answers, interpreting the significance of their answers, noticing patterns and making generalizations, explaining their reasoning verbally and in writing, listening to the reasoning of others, and building their understanding. Mathematics is not a spectator sport.¨ from Open Up Resources Course Guide

Using Open Up Resources (also called Illustrative Math) will require us to complete 4 lessons per week, 2 in class, and 2 from home.

Here is what it will look like in class:

Part 1: Warm up

These open discussions at the beginning of class encourage thinking about how numbers work and engage students to develop their own conceptual understanding of mathematics and share their strategies for mental calculations. Warm up employ instructional routines to strengthen student´s skills in listening and speaking about mathematics and include Number Talks, Notice and Wonder, Which One Doesn´t Belong, or True or False.

Part 2: Class activities

Classroom activities provide experience with new concepts and provide an opportunity to apply mathematics to a modeling or other application, resolve common mistakes or misconceptions and work toward mastery of a concept or procedure.

Part 3: Lesson Synthesis

Lesson synthesis gives an opportunity for students to incorporate new insights gained during the activities into their big-picture understanding.

Part 4: Cool down

Cool downs serve as a brief formative assessment at the end of a lesson to determine whether students understood or we need to make adjustments for further inquiry. These will often happen at the beginning of the next class day to assess understanding of the previous at-home learning assignment.

At home learning:

Students will do Student Workbook pages with support from aligned videos from Khan Academy. Additional resources, material, or support will be provided by the teacher. Parents are welcome to access additional teacher guides from Open Up Resources.

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