Philosophy: QAE (and most schools in the country) have transitioned to new math standards. The Common Core State Learning Standards (CCSS) are exciting because they are clear and complete. In addition, the district adopted a new math curriculum called Math in Focus.
It is my goal to provide math instruction at the just right level for your student. Struggling mathematicians will receive support and extra practice to help “fill in the gaps,” whereas accelerated students will be challenged with project based and creative work, either in class or online. Queen Anne Elementary believes in math differentiation by going deeper into the curriculum, rather than skimming the surface and advancing though the “years” of math.
In order to meet all students needs the class will work in groups that change weekly. Each student will participate in a whole class lesson, move to independent or partner practice, games, websites each week.
There will be one assessment (typically formative) each week to make sure students are grasping new concepts. In addition, there will be enrichment opportunities (word story problems, logic thinking, projects, etc.)
Resources and Expectations of use:
Reflex: At the fourth grade level, students are expected to be fluent with multiplication and division facts at the beginning of the year. Students should practice at least three times a week, total between home and at school. We have a new program that worked wonders with students memorizing facts last year. It is called Reflex and we will be setting your student up with an account shortly.
ST Math: We will also continue to use ST Math. Students are encouraged to spend at least 90 minutes a week on the program. Students will get about 45 minutes/week of participating in the program at school. This will leave an additional 45 minutes for home. The concepts will be aligned with the class focus each week.
Units of study:
Unit 1: Place Value and Number Theory of Whole Numbers
Unit 2: Equivalent Fractions
Unit 3: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Unit 4: Multiplying Whole Numbers and Fractions
Unit 5: Division Strategies with Whole Numbers
Unit 6: Decimals and Fractions
Unit 7: Problem Solving with Fractions and Decimals
Unit 8: 2D Shapes, Lines, and Angles
Unit 9: Circles and Angles
Unit 10: Measurement, Conversions, and Data
Unit 11: The Four Operations with Numbers Large and Small
Unit 12: Tessellations