# Moore Math Messages

## Elementary Math September 2023

## Spotlight On Strategies

### Make it Concrete

Use strategies like **Make It Concrete** to help students synthesize the mathematical terms and concepts they’re learning.

Students create an outline of an image and then fill in image with words or symbols that describe the object. For example, student can draw a hexagon outline. Within the outline, students may place drawings of some other examples of hexagons and words such as 6- sided, straight lines, closed figure, etc.

## New Math Standards

### New Math Standards

As we are having site visits, we will be reviewing some of the changes for each grade level.

We have created some resources for you to help you see the changes. Below are links to the Crosswalk - the comparison of old and new standards of the same grade level and Vertical Alignment - the progression of topics across grade levels.

## Updated Curriculum Guides

### Updated Curriculum Guides for New Standards

The 23-24 Curriculum Guides have been updated to reflect the new standards, but you may also see some other additions to your guides this year.

1. Updated standards are notated with an asterisk. *

2. Suggested review/introductory concepts to use as part of morning/bell work or morning meeting.

3. Read aloud children's literature with many of the lessons for K - 2 and some for 3 - 6 are linked directly into the curriculum guide for you to use as part of your instruction.

4. Suggested manipulatives to use in your instruction.

## Math Curriculum & Materials

### Math Adoption

This year is our turn to go through the adoption process, and we will need teachers to serve on the selection committee. If you are interested in serving, please let your principal know.

**Every teacher gets a voice in the choice we make**. Early in the spring semester, the selection committee will present two options to the district. All elementary teachers will have the opportunity to examine the curriculum for themselves, hear a presentation from each of the curriculum representatives, and teach a lesson from both options. If you attend ** BOTH** presentations and teach a lesson from each option, you get to vote. We need a selection made by the end of February.

This selection will be our curriculum starting in 24-25 and will last for 6 years.

### Math Materials and Manipulatives

1. Apply for the Moore Public Schools Foundation Grant.

2. Talk to your Title 1 Teacher (if applicable).

3. Speak with your principal about purchasing the materials.

4. Send me an email. I will do the best I can to get the materials you need, but please try the other options first. If you have questions about what you might need in your grade level, take a look at the document below. (Prices listed are from the 22-23 school year.)

## STAR

### Math Star Guidelines

- No calculators allowed with the following exception: Students on IEPS that have a calculator as a modification
who use the calculator regularly. If a student does not use a calculator on a regular basis, the student does not need to use it on STAR.__AND__ - The Star is normed to take a certain amount of time. Everyone needs to keep the time restrictions in place with the following exception: Students on IEPS with extended time as an accommodation.
- Star is a great time to get procedures set on having your students show work on paper as part of your expectation for online testing. Start those procedures now to help get them set for the rest of the year.

## MPS Professional Development - Number Sense Routines

### Number Sense Routines

We will be focusing on Number Sense Routines throughout the year to help strengthen our students' understanding and flexibility with numbers.

**What are Number Sense Routines? **

Simple, repeatable, easy-to-implement activities that allow students multiple opportunities to practice number sense concepts such as number lines, ordering, comparing, representing, and rounding (to name a few). These routines can be implemented in short periods of time to help give that practice that students need.

**When and where? **

Each quarter, there will be two options to make it workable for you. One option is to meet in person for one hour. During this hour will be be learning 4 - 6 number sense routines that you can use in your classroom. The other option will be two 30-minute zoom sessions in which will will learn 2-3 number routines in each. You pick what works for you.

#### Number Sense Routines - In Person

September 19 4:30 - 5:30 at ASC (Boardroom)

or

September 28 4:30 - 5:30 at Eastlake Elementary

#### Number Sense Routines - Zoom

**Session 1 options: **

September 21st 3:15 - 3:45

September 21st 4:15 - 4:45

September 26 4:15 - 4:45

**Session 2 Options: **

October 10th 3:15 - 3:45

October 10th 4:15 - 4:45

October 12th 4:15 - 4:45

## PD in your PJs

### Online PD

Take a look at the webinars that are available online. Have fun with PD anytime, anywhere. You may not be able to join the live session, but register anyway. You will be sent a recording that you can watch later.

## Professional Learning: Grading Practices

### Grading

As you are starting up your year, it is a good time to think about your grading practices. Take a look at some these articles about some grading practice ideas and consider how you might want to change your grading practices for 23-24.

### National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

**Use rubrics.** Conduct a class discussion in which students develop a rubric to be used for scoring performance tasks. This allows students to gain an understanding of expectations for solutions to multi-step problems.

**Use notebook/homework quizzes** as a way to easily assess if students are doing their homework. Provide students with a list of 10 homework problems to copy from their notebook (no textbooks) and you grade these problems. This also allows student more time to do homework if they get something they don't understand.

**Avoid all-or-nothing grading schemes.** Insist on fully detailed explanations whenever your students solve problems, and reward reasonable efforts with partial credit. This encourages students to value the process of solving a problem as much as the product of obtaining a correct answer.

**Uses pluses, not minuses.** Use positively oriented credit accumulation; that is, use "+2 out of 4 points" rather than "-2 out of 4 points."

**Test yourself.** You should be able to complete a test in a quarter of the time that your students will have.

### Grading Practices to Consider

**Homework and classwork as practice. **The first time a student tries a new skill (or even second or third time), the students are still learning. Is it a good practice to give them a grade on accuracy yet? Consider giving a grade (such as 10 points) for completion of the assignment. Allow students time to correct mistakes as this is one of the most effective ways to learn. Accuracy can be given a grade with quizzes, assessments, or practices later in the course once they have had sufficient time to learn the skill.

**Allow for redos.** We all mess up. We all do some things incorrectly at first. Think of yourself a coach. Consider this scenario: A coach teaches players a lay-up. She gives them time to practice a bit then has each student do one lay-up to check for proficiency. Does the coach bench the players who don't make the shot? A coach would never do that. She would pull the players aside, instruct, give them more time practice.

We are benching our students if we don't allow our "players" more practice. I know redos can be a pain from a class management/grading point of view, but think about the end goal. We want our students to LEARN and GROW. The only way to do that is to allow for more practice.

**Don't expect mastery immediately.** These concepts are challenging, and some students need a greater amount of practice, guidance, or just time for things to come together in their mind. The assessment of a topic (chapter) ** does NOT** have to come immediately after you finish teaching the last lesson. Consider pushing back the assessment. For example, Topic 1 test can come in the middle of Topic 2 after you've worked with students in small groups and given some practice time.

## Teacher Shout Outs

### Snack Time = Math Time

The 3rd grade team at Kingsgate Elementary is using snack time as a way to reinforce multiplication concepts. What an inventive way to use snack time as a way to learn the array method of multiplication! Way to go, Knights!

## OSDE

### Focus on Fluency - 6th Grade

Oklahoma State University is providing a series of workshops for middle-level mathematics educators focused on mathematical fluency in students. This professional learning is open to any Oklahoma middle level mathematics teacher. The session on September 23 will dive into rations and proportions. You may attend in Lawton, Muskogee or Oklahoma City, from 9:00 AM to noon. Register at bit.ly/3MYY4GV today! Also, be sure to mark February 10, 2024, on your calendar in order join the final session of the focus on fluency series.

### Elementary Workshops

Elementary STEM Subjects

Join the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s STEM Team to learn more about Elementary STEM subjects! All registered educators will participate in each of the following sessions:

**Computer Science:** In this dynamic session, elementary educators will explore the integration of computer science into their curriculum. We will dive into the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Computer Science (OAS-CS), discover strategies to seamlessly incorporate these standards into various content areas, and provide valuable tools and tips for unpacking and implementing the standards effectively.

**Mathematics:** Developing mathematical fluency in students is more than memorizing basic facts and algorithms. In this collaborative session participants will delve into the idea that mathematical fluency encompasses not only numerical operations but also critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to communicate mathematical ideas effectively. Join us to discover strategies for students and tackle myths on mathematical fluency.

**Science and Engineering: **Elementary science can foster a sense of wonder and exploration among students. Through the use of an example lesson, educators will explore how the integration of children’s literature, computer science and mathematical practices, and hands-on science learning can nurture curiosity and discovery in the elementary classroom.

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

- Tuesday, October 3 - Francis Tuttle Tech - Rockwell Campus, OKC - Register Here

## Enrichment

### 6th Grade Math Academic Teams

Some schools have participated in the Math Counts Academic Competition. As you consider your plans for next year, take a look at Math Counts. I have participated in Math Counts for several years with 6th graders, and it is always a wonderful time of just playing with math concepts in a different environment. If you have questions, please let me know. The link for Math Counts is below if you are interested in learning more about over the summer.

There are several options if you need to adjust your level of involvement.

- Mathcounts Competition Series
- National Math Club
- Math Video Challenge

## Teaching Time

#### The Hook!

This time-telling trick will help your students remember that as the hour and minute hands move around, the hour still belongs to the number behind. Clever!

Learn more: Around the Kampfire

#### A Clock with Math Cubes

This telling-time game helps kids understand time both as a circular analog clock and a time line moving forward. Gather your math cubes and visit the link to see how it works.

Learn more: Teaching Special Thinkers

#### Using Circles to Teach Time

We love this activity since telling time is much more than just minute and hour hands on a clock. The visual representation of the smallest unit to the largest unit (and the different colors) will help students make sense of the various units of time.

Learn more: Kids Activities Blog

## Elapsed Time Teaching Strategies

## Station Ideas

#### Playdough Time!

Create time-telling activity mats by printing a page similar to the one shown here and then placing it in a plastic sleeve or laminating it. Finally, challenge your students to roll out play dough to create the hands of the clock and “set” it to the designated time

#### Hula Hoop Clock

Pull out the sidewalk chalk and head outside for some time-telling practice. Hula-Hoops make perfect analog clocks, but if you don’t have any, you can still let kids play fun time-telling games by simply drawing circles instead.

#### Musical Clock Chairs

If your students love games like musical chairs, you can make it an educational time-telling activity. Start by printing out our free blank clock sheets here. Pass them out and have each student draw a time on their clock, then leave it on their desk. Give each student a recording sheet (included with the clock printable), then have them grab a pencil and get ready to move! Start the music and let kids dance around from desk to desk. Stop the music and instruct them to record the name and time on the clock of the desk in front of them. Start the music again and keep on going!

#### Shake Around the Clock!

This awesome time-telling game also gives kids some practice at creating bar graphs. First, paste analog clock faces showing various times into the bottoms of an empty egg carton, and add a marble or other small toy. Kids shake up the carton, look to see what time the marble landed on, and graph their results.

#### Match Up Plastic Eggs

Plastic eggs have so many uses in the classroom. For time-telling practice, make them into games. Just draw analog clocks on one half and write times (in words or digital time) on the other, then have kids match them up.

#### Telling Time Bingo

Bingo games are always a blast in the classroom, and there’s a variation you can play that’s focused on telling time. These analog clock bingo cards are customizable, so you can set them to match whatever time skills your students are working on, whether it’s hours, half hours, quarter hours, or to the minute.

## Math Through Children's Literature: Time

#### A Second is a Hiccup (PK - 2nd)

A charming, kid-friendly way to help kids think about the different facets of time. For example, "A second is a hiccup / The time it takes to kiss your mom / Or jump a rope / Or turn around." Children will relate to the examples given for seconds, minutes, hours, week, month...

We can extend the learning by having students brainstorm their own examples as a group, then create their own book in this format.

#### How Do You Know What Time It Is? (2nd - 5th)

This "terrific teaching tool" *(School Library Journal) *provides an age- appropriate depiction of the history of measuring time--from simply observing the movement of the sun to using shadow stick clocks to our modern atomic and quartz clocks. The book also covers time zones, meridians, and more. It actually verges on covering too much information for one audience, but it's still a really interesting, good read that will leave kids feeling like questions have been answered!

#### Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time (3rd - 6th)

This is another packed, __brilliantly__ illustrated title by Steve Jenkins, this one exploring time in the framework of the natural world--from seconds all the way up to the history of the universe.

In a starred review, *School Library Journal* called it "eye-catching and mind boggling" and promises that "teachers will find good jumping-off points here for math, science, and history discussions."

## Math and Music

## Podcast of the Month

### Math is Figure-out-able

This is one of my favorite podcasts!

What does it mean for math to be figure-out-able? What will you teach? How? Why? In this episode Pam and Kim discuss their thoughts to changing the "how" and "what" of math education around the world and explore the "why".

Talking Points:

- "What" math we teach should come first
- "How" the math should be embedded in the "what"
- What Pam and Kim think about "Why" make the change?

## Resources

## Monthly Math Messages Drawing

### Thank You

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