# MPS Math Messages

## Elementary Newsletter for March 2023

## Instructional Strategy of the Month: Higher Order Thinking Questions

### Mathematical Actions and Processes

One of our Mathematical Actions and Processes (MAPS) is for students to develop mathematical reasoning. How can we foster that? One way is to ask higher order thinking questions (HOTS) followed by some wait time to process and some partner time to talk through their reasoning. What are higher order thinking questions ? Below are some question stems that you can use throughout your lessons to help students develop reasoning skills. It may not come easily at first, but your students will grow if you keep working with these question types.

- How can you verify _________?
- What is the most important ___________? Why?
- Why did you choose that strategy?
- What would happen if _________?
- Could you restate in your own words?
- How could you change _____________?
- What is another way we can _______________?
- Why does ___________________ work?
- How is this strategy different from another?
- How is _______________ connected to _____________?
- Predict the outcome if _________________.
- How can you verify _____________?
- Which strategy is most efficient to you? Why?
- How is ___________ like _____________?
- How is ________________ different from ______________?

## Grade Level Math Meetings - New Standards Overview

### New Math Standards Start Next Year!

Our new math standards start next year. There have been some changes at every grade level. We are going to have grade level meetings to talk about the changes and how these are going to fit in our pacing for 23-24.

April 13th - Kindergarten and 1st

April 18th - 2nd grade

April 20th - 3rd grade

April 25th - 4th grade

April 27th - 5th Grade

May 2nd - 6th Grade

All meetings will be through zoom. ** Please plan to attend so that you are aware of the changes for next year. **All meetings will be from 4:15 - 5:15.

## OCTM - Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics

### Summer Conference and Membership

Want to connect with other math teachers and learn some new strategies to use in your classroom? Join OCTM! OCTM is for ALL that teach math, Pre-K through 12th grade. The summer conference is being planned right now, and we would love for you to join in on the fun. The math and science department would be happy to purchase an OCTM membership and pay for you to attend the conference on June 24th Click the link below to register for the conference.

**The deadline for MPS paid registration is April 15th. **

### Presenters Needed!

Do you have a lesson or unit that is very effective in your classroom? Do you have ideas for small group instruction? Do you have RTI ideas? Was this your first year to teach math, and you'd like to share what you've learned with other new or pre-service teachers? OCTM is looking for presenters for this year's conference. (This could also add to your teacher-leader segment of your TLE!)

## OSDE

### Elementary Math Workshop - FREE THIS SUMMER!

OSDE is offering a free three-day workshop for teachers on June 27th - June 29th. There will be a session for teachers and one for administrations. Registration information is coming soon.

## STAR Math

### Reminder of Star Windows

Our current Star window is open until Thursday, so please make sure that you have gotten all your students STAR tested. If you are unsure about if students have taken it or not, you can check the "Star Record Book" report to doublecheck that all of your students have completed the test within the screening window.

Just a reminder that only students that have calculators as an accommodation on their **IEP or 504 AND consistently use it in class** can use a calculator on the STAR.

## OSTP News

### OSTP Practice Tests

In the blueprint canvas courses in Canvas, there are practice tests for 3th - 6th math. Make sure you import into a sandbox and the put into your course. Each test follows the following format:

- 2 - 25 question sections
- Mix of Multiple Choice and Technology Enhanced Items
- Follows the Test Item Specifications and Blueprint

These can be used in whole group instruction, partner/group work, or individual practice.

### Item Review Committee

Have your ever wanted a say in what goes into the OSTP? Want to know more about how items are chosen and created for the OSTP? Serve on the Item Review Committee. This will take place the week of June 12th. This is a PAID position. Breakfast, lunch, and mileage are included.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2023

## PD in Your PJS

### Practicing Math Skills with Game

This is your invitation to a free two-part webinar series about revitalizing small group instruction! Feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone who might be interested. Register for our **edWebinar series** with Sara Delano Moore below.

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**March 22nd @ 5pm ET***Practicing Math Skills with Games: Revitalizing Your Small Group Instruction*** **

In the first session of this series, we will feature student interaction through games while they practice mathematics skills. We’ll explore print and digital games students can play together. You’ll leave the session with __new games__ to play, a list of questions that encourage **student math talk** about their strategies and thinking as they play, and ideas for documenting student progress.** **** **

Register here to attend the session on edWeb

(You will be sent a recording if you cannot attend at the time of the webinar.)

**April 19th @ 5PM ET***Applying the Math You Know: Revitalizing your Small Group Instruction*** **** **

Registration link coming soon!

### Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead)

Check out what Robert Kaplinsky has to say about why we should reconsider using worksheets giving more "Open Middle" problems instead.

## Savvas Tips (K- 5)

### Savvas Fresh Ideas Podcast

Did you know that Savvas has podcasts built into their platform? It is called "Fresh Ideas for Teaching." One of the episodes that stuck with me is from December: "How to Foster Wonder, Beauty, and Joy in the Mathematics Classroom." Check out this podcast and all the other available to us.

## Big Ideas Tips (6th)

### Game Library

Did you know that you have online and PDF versions of games covering concepts from K - Middle School? Shake things up in your classroom by incorporating some games!

## Warm-Ups

### Open Middle

The name “Open Middle” might sound like a strange name for a website about math problems. However, it references a very specific type of problem we try to encourage here. Most of the problems on this site have:

- a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.
- a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.
- an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Open middle problems generally require a higher Depth of Knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding.

Here are some examples:

**Kinder:** Directions: I have a horizontal ten-frame that has some counters on it. One row of the frame is full and one is not. What is the largest number I could make? What is the smallest number I could make?

**Second Grade:** Directions: Using the digits 1 to 9 at most one time each, fill in the boxes to make the difference equal to 39.

**Fourth Grade:** Directions: Using the digits 1 through 9 at most one time each, place a digit in each box to create the smallest whole number quotient possible.

**Sixth Grade: **Directions: Using the digits 1 to 9, find a six number data set that has a Mode of 1, Median of 2 and Mean of 3. Digits can be repeated.

Find open middle problems for your grade level below!

## Math Teachers' Circle

### Math Teachers' Circle

I just thought I'd give you a heads-up that our last MTC meeting of the semester will be on the UCO campus on** April 11**. Kimberly Adams from the University of Tulsa will facilitate the activity for the evening. Since a meal will be provided, registration will open when we get closer to the event. This will allow us to have a more accurate headcount. I will send the RSVP when we get closer to the date.

I will be attending so if you would like to carpool, please let me know.

## Station Ideas

### Tarsia

This game is a game-maker that we can use at any grade level . It's similar to dominos but better!

Check out the video below to see how you can use it.

## Pi Day - 3/14

### Pi Day Activities

We are out of school on Pi Day for Spring Break, but we can always celebrate when we return! Below you will find some activities to help celebrate Pi and all things circles! Celebrate with books, math, and art projects. There is something for everyone!

#### Pi Skyline

Hand out graph paper and colored markers or crayons and have students graph the digits of pi using a bar graph format. Once their pi-line skyline is created, invite them to color in the “buildings” and sky, complete with pi-in-the-sky constellations.

#### Happy Pi Day to You!

*Happy Pi Day to You!* by Bonnie Worth is an engaging and interactive read-aloud to get kids thinking about and measuring circles. For extra fun, grab a stack of disposable pie plates to re-create the amazing Pi Day hats the characters all wear!

#### Pi Bracelet

There are two ways to make a bead bracelet on a pipe cleaner for Pi Day. Using the one shown above as a guide, have kids string three beads of one color, followed by one of another color, then four, and so on. Or assign each number a color and string one bead for each digit.

#### Pi Day Paper Plates

Little ones may not be ready to understand the concept of pi itself, but they can get in on the fun with this activity that introduces them to circles and ratios. All you need are some paper plates, construction paper, and a few other basic supplies. Kids mix and match the pieces to make a complete “pie,” learning more about circles along the way.

#### Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

An engaging read-aloud about math? Yes, please! In *Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi* by Cindy Neuschwander, the main character has been changed into a fire-breathing dragon. His son Radius and Lady Di of Ameter search for clues to the magic number that is the same for all circles in order to change him back! If you love Sir Cumference’s adventures, you’ll be happy to know this book is part of a much larger series.

#### Make Pi Art

Create circles with Q-tips and paint for this pointillism art project.

## Math Through Children's Literature: Estimation

#### How Many Jelly Beans?

How many jelly beans are enough? How many are too many? Aiden and Emma can't decide. Is ten enough? How about one thousand? That's a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a whole year, it's only two or three a day!

#### Let's Estimate

How much pizza do you need for a dinosaur party? If you don't know exactly, you have to estimate! This lively introduction to the mathematical concept of estimation is straightforward and fun.

With brilliant clarity, David A. Adler explains what an estimate is and the difference between estimating and rounding. Edward Miller's colorful and energetic artwork offers the perfect accompaniment to concise, engaging text. Filled with graspable examples and simple explanations, *Let's Estimate *will have kids estimating like pros!

#### Great Estimations

If you are looking for one book for teaching estimation, get this one! It's a visually stunning book that makes teaching estimation fun and interesting. In the book, the left side of most spreads shows crisp photographs of objects in groupings of 10s, 100s, and 1000s. The right side then shows the same objects in an unidentified amount, leading readers to see how to use groupings when estimating.

## Podcasts of the Month

### Beyond Pizzas and Pies (Less than 5 Minutes)

Beyond Pizzas & Pies, Grades 3-5: 10 Essential Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense

The title of this book is so powerful because it challenges us to think beyond that common context that we use for fractions: Pizzas & Pies. This is just ONE of many things the authors, Julie McNamara & Meghan Shaughnessy, challenge us to think beyond in this book.

All the concepts that kids struggle with around fractions and even common teaching practices that aren’t developing the best fraction sense for our kiddos are addressed in this book.

### Exploring Basic Math Fact Fluency (Addition and Subtraction)

Fluency is a concept we have talked a lot about on the podcast.

We need to keep talking about this because there are so many deep-seated core beliefs about how to best help children with addition and subtraction.

We need to move past our feelings and get into the facts.

Fluency is not about memorization. We explore in many episodes how to implement strategies to develop flexibility with numbers.

Today's episode is no different. It expands on this exploration and today's guests offer their expertise in how to set up your classroom for this exploration and journey towards basic math fact fluency.

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