This year Grade 1-8 classes, in Area 2 of the Simcoe County District School Board, have moved from a three-part, 60 minute daily math session to six-part, 100-minute daily math.
The components of our new math program are as follows:
1. Foundational Practice: This includes practice of basic math operations via the book, "Daily Math Review," drills, math games and flash cards.
2. "Strings": This part of our daily math program entails a guided discussion of mental math strategies used to solve basic multiplication equations. Our "strings" resource is, "Minilessons for Early Multiplication and Division: A Yearlong Resource."
3. Forward/Back: The third part of our 100-minute math session involves reviewing previously studied math concepts, for which extra review would be helpful, OR pre-teaching upcoming math concepts, in order to ensure that students have some familiarity with them.
4.-6. Our traditional Three-Part Math Lesson: This part of our daily math session includes a "Minds-on," Lesson & Independent Practice, and Consolidation. An exit ticket is often used, following consolidation, to gauge how many/which students fully comprehended the lesson concepts and how many/which students would benefit from further work in a "Forward/Back" segment.
Our three-part math lesson follows the Simcoe County District School Board's "Course of Study in Math," and utilizes such resources as Nelson Math 5, Supersource Math Resource and the Ministry's Effective Guides to Instruction in Math.
This is a sample of the Grade 5 Course of Study Overview and outline for Unit 1:
We are hoping that the extra time and program components will help to shore up some of our students' math skills.
HERE ARE SOME MATH RESOURCES YOU CAN USE AT HOME
- Nelson Math 5 Student Centre:
- Nelson Math 5 Parent Centre:
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