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First Grade Math Enrichment

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

First graders are divided into ability groups for math so that their instruction can be targeted to their particular educational needs.  This allows appropriate pacing for students who need to review concepts more before they master them, and provides teachers the opportunity to move more quickly and include enrichment beyond required grade level skills.  Each teacher has access to enrichment materials that have been selected by the grade level team through consultation with Mr. Kendall, the gifted education coordinator.

Mr. Kendall will co-teach with Ms. Burguieres' on Friday afternoons during the normally scheduled math time.  Weekly activities with Ms. Burguieres' math team will include beginning to develop problem-solving strategies through the use of multi-step word problems from the Techniques of Problem Solving (TOPS) series that are targeted for 2nd graders.  (Students who completed some of the 2nd grade problems in pull-out groups as kindergartners have begun at the point they left off last year).

The students will also play challenging math board games and computer games.  Students may also participate in other math enrichment activities created by the first grade math team and Mr. Kendall to extend a particular math unit.
 

LINK TO ON-LINE MATH GAMES FOR ENRICHMENT AT HOME

CURRICULUM UPDATE - FALL 2011

Students are making good progress on the Techniques of Problem Solving packets and are starting to learn how to correct their own errors by rereading the question and checking their work carefully. During the week, Ms. Burguieres has also introduced sudoku as an additional enrichment activity to challenge the students.
 
Students will also learn the game "Knock Out" (if they did not learn it in kindergarten) which improves fluency in addition and subtraction skills .  The students roll three dice, add the total of all 3 dice (or add 2 and subtract one), and then place marbles on the board on any numbers that add up to that total.  Each numbered space from 1 to 18 has two marble holes and when a player controls both holes his or her marble cannot be "knocked out" by an opponent.  If the player has only one marble on that number his or her marble can be knocked out by an opponent who chooses to take that number. available from www.mugginsmath.com for those of you looking for a good family game - get the "two-sided" game that includes "Knock Out" and "Muggins", a Mensa Award-winning game that uses all four operations - www.mugginsmath.com)   Later this year students will learn "Fudge," which is the transitional game from "Knock Out" to "Muggins," that uses similar strategy to Muggins, but only uses addition and subtraction.


CURRICULUM UPDATE - WINTER 2011-12

Students are being introduced to a new game, "SET," which relies on visual reasoning.  Students who were selected for the pull-out math enrichment program in kindergarten had a couple sessions devoted to this game, but several needed review on the rules, so it was good to revisit it.  Students continue to make good progress in the "Techniques of Problem Solving" series.  Some students have completed over 100 problems in the 200 problem series.  The emphasis is on accuracy rather than speed, however, so do not be concerned if your child is not that far along.  His or her accuracy may be far to superior to other students working at a fast pace.  We continue to emphasize the importance of reading the question carefully and breaking down the multi-step word problems to one step at a time.

CURRICULUM UPDATE - SPRING 2012

Students will continue work in the "Techniques of Problem Solving" series, but will also begin work in the "Problem Solver" series from Creative Publications.  The Problem Solver series emphasizes instruction of particular problem-solving strategies so that students learn to be more systematic in their thinking and don't rely too heavily on a "Guess and Check" method.  Suggested problem-solving methods include "Act Out or Use Objects," "Make a Picture or Diagram," "Use or make a Table," "Make an Organized List," "Work Backwards," "Use Logical Reasoning," and "Make it Simpler." Some students will have completed the series of  200 second grade problems and have begun work on "Deck A," another set of 200 problems that provide an additional level of challenge.  The emphasis is on accuracy rather than speed, however, so do not be concerned if your child is not that far along.  His or her accuracy may be far to superior to other students working at a fast pace.  We continue to emphasize the importance of reading the question carefully and breaking down the multi-step word problems to one step at a time.

LINK TO ON-LINE MATH GAMES FOR ENRICHMENT AT HOME
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