Math Learning Sample

Today, a math assessment will be sent home for you to look at.  It includes examples that show some of the math patterning skills we have been learning this year.  You will notice that I included the rating scale from our progress report under each skill area, and highlighted the “achievement level” your child is able to demonstrate at this time.  Please don’t panic if you see an “Approaching” level.  It is early in our patterning unit and there is plenty of time to polish these skills.  Think of it as a snapshot of what your child was able to do at that particular moment in time.

Take Home Reading

Today, most of the students will be bringing home their first leveled reader.  The leveled books are at an independent level which means it should be easy for them to read it out loud.  I have asked the students to read for at least 15 minutes each night.  It would be great if they could spend most of that time reading out loud to someone.  Each student has a reading log they can use to record their reading experiences.  I do not have a formal use for these reading logs, but some students really enjoy keeping track of how much they have read.  Reading logs can be kept at home and do not need to be sent back to school.

Information Forms

Many of you will receive your child’s School Information Form in the planner again today. There is a lot on the form and it is easy to miss some small check-boxes etc. Please fill in the highlighted areas and return the forms as soon as you can. Thanks!

Reading to Make Connections

The reading comprehension strategy we are currently learning about is making connections.

Powerful readers make connections with what they are reading. When we read a story, it may remind us of different things.  This reminding is also called “connecting.”  We can make connections to personal experiences, other books, other media like movies, or experiences in the world.

How to Connect with your Children:

  • Choose a book to read with your child that evokes memories for you: memories of your childhood, your family, your culture, your school days, your country, etc.
  • Begin to read the book out loud with your “speaking voice.” (We have 2 voices: a speaking voice and a thinking voice. Good readers pay attention to their thinking voice while they read.)
  • Whenever something in the story reminds you of a personal experience, stop reading and share your connection: “This part of the story reminds me of…”
  • Continue reading the story with your “speaking voice” and share your connections, or your “thinking voice.” (Parents can model their thinking voice while they read to their children, to help teach and reinforce this strategy)
  • Ask your child to share any connections she or he might have.
  • It is important to remember that, just as everyone’s life story – memories and personal experiences – is different, connections are also different.  There is no right or wrong way to make a connection.

Referenced from 2006 Reading Power by Adrienne Gear

A Few Words About Math

To Parents and Adults at Home …

Your child’s class is starting a mathematics unit on increasing and decreasing patterns. Recognizing and analysing patterns is an important part of mathematical thinking. Patterning concepts lead to work with algebra in higher grades.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Identify, extend, create, and compare increasing patterns.
  • Identify, extend, create, and compare decreasing patterns.
  • Find pattern rules.
  • Display number patterns on hundred charts.
  • Use patterns to solve problems.

Patterns can be found all around us. Encourage your child to look for patterns around the home, and talk about them.

Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for patterns in your family’s activities as marked on a calendar at home. What activities do you do daily? Twice a week? Every week?
  • Use small objects like buttons or coins to make patterns that grow or shrink. Encourage your child to describe and extend the patterns.
  • Count collections of nickels and dimes by 5s and by 10s.
    Count pennies by 2s.
  • Find examples of geometric patterns in floor tiles or on game boards.