This year we will be using the New York State Math Modules for our math instruction. The modules address the Common Core Learning Standards and follow a clear sequence for teaching mathematics concepts. The modules encourage students to think deeper about math, by building concepts from concrete to abstract. There is a lot of information specifically to support parents, in both written and video form, on the EngageNY website, https://www.engageny.org/parent-family-library. You can even find the exact lessons we will be teaching on the site by clicking here: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-1-mathematics. The Parent Roadmap (http://www.cgcs.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=292&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=455&PageID=244) can also be a helpful tool. The modules slowly build on teaching the WHY of math, and not just the HOW. They challenge students to think deeply about math. You will be AMAZED at what your first grader will do in math!
Sequence of Grade 1 Modules
Module 1: Sums and Differences to 10
Module 2: Introduction to Place Value Through Addition and Subtration Within 20
Module 3: Ordering and Comparing Length Measurements as Numbers
Module 4: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 40
Module 5: Identifying, Composing, and Partitioning Shapes
Module 6: Place Value, Comparison, Addition and Subtraction to 100
Math homework will come home 2-3 nights a week on blue paper. Students should be able to complete this independently in about 15 minutes. If it is taking along time, PLEASE use your judgement and stop you child and write a quick note on the page. For help with homework, check out this school district's website: http://www.oakdale.k12.ca.us/ENY_Math1_Modules. It is loaded with narrated videos that show how to solve sample problems right from each homework page.
Math facts are an important part of becoming fluent in math! You can help at home by practicing flash cards (buy a set at the Dollar Tree or make your own using index cards) with your child to help learn addition and subtraction math facts. There are also many websites and apps to help practice math facts! The Links for Learning page has some suggestions to get you started.