This year, we will be using a new math series – Eureka. Although this is a new curriculum for 3rd grade, the students should be familiar with the series, as they used Eureka in their 2nd grade classrooms. Eureka offers many different components to each lesson. The lesson components include building fluency, solving problems using multiple strategies, demonstrating understanding by applying learned strategies to real-world scenarios, and debriefing each lesson through the use of discussion questions. I am excited to explore this new curriculum with the students this year!
Mrs. Longenecker and Mrs. Doulin will be joining our class this year for math. They will be offering push-in support for specific students. While I am working with one group of students, Mrs. Longenecker and Mrs. Doulin will be working with the others. This model will allow all children to engage in small-group activities, as well as increase individualized attention in new learned skills/concepts.
Ice Cream Math
In addition to practicing basic facts through XtraMath, we will be using Ice Cream Math this year. This program focuses specifically on the retention of learned multiplication facts, as well as improving the speed of answering such facts. We will begin this program shortly after learning multiplication. Students will be working towards earning an ice cream party, as they pass new levels of their times tables. Each new level will ensure that they have earned a new “part” of their ice cream party. For example, one level may be geared towards earning a bowl, while other levels ensure that they get whipped cream, sprinkles, etc… Please be on the lookout for when we begin Ice Cream Math, as practicing basic facts at home with students will greatly impact how quickly they get through the program.
During our Morning Work time, we will be using XtraMath on the student laptops. XtraMath is an individualized math practice program that allows students to work on math concepts that are of need to them. Students received pins to this site. These will be placed inside the front cover of their planners. If you wish to allow your child to practice XtraMath at home, you can access the site by clicking here. You should then enter my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), your child’s first name, and the pin they have been assigned. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the XtraMath program.
After finishing our daily math lessons through Eureka, students will use Zearn to complete activities on the computer that mirror what we learned during that day’s lesson. Students will engage in activities to reinforce what they learned in a fun and exciting way. Students should be familiar with Zearn, as they used this site in their 2nd grade classrooms as well. Students should log in with the usernames and passwords they were given in school. These will be placed inside the front cover of their planners. Once finished with their Zearn lessons, students will have the ability to play Prodigy, as mentioned below. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the Zearn program.
When students have finished completing their daily Zearn session, they will be able to engage in additional math practice through Prodigy. Prodigy is an individualized program that allows students to work on specific areas of math that may be of need to them. Students will explore the world of Prodigy by answering math questions to complete various quests and earn in-game rewards. If you wish to allow your child to engage in Prodigy practice at home, you can access the site by clicking here. Students should log in with the usernames and passwords they were given in school. These will also be placed inside the front cover of their planners. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the Prodigy program.