Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Fifth Grade Math Year: 2015-2016

The more I research and write about math this summer, the more I am solidifying the start-of-the-year routines and community building. Here's the latest, focused version of the Math Year 2015-2016 outline.

Create Community
We'll begin with Numbers that Define You. This will include a number of short exercises that help the class get to know one another through meaningful fifth grade data and statistics.

Review and Solidify Foundation Concept, Knowledge, and Skill
Next we'll solidify and review foundation skills by examining landmark numbers and figures while also practicing the use of important math tools, structures, math journal writing, and presentation skills.

Assess and Reflect
Throughout the early days of the math class, students will also take a number of formal and informal assessments so that I can get a comprehensive view of my learners. I'll use that view to chart the learning ahead.

Master the Standards
Once the beginning units are complete, we'll begin to follow the scope and sequence presented by the school system which includes all the 5th grade CCSS standards. Those standards and multiple related activities are hosted on the class Magnificent Math website. The SRSD problem solving approach will be embedded in this effort.

STEAM: Integrate Math with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Art
Also, at the start of the year, most STEAM study efforts will focus on project based mathematical thinking and problem solving related to science and engineering standards. These learning experiences will embed the arts and technology. I will host the activities on the 5th grade's Sensational Science website.

A Joyful, Creative, Serious, and Responsive Math Year of Teaching and Learning
The important factors with regard to this effort include the following:
  • Begin the math year with a joyful, serious attitude towards math study.
  • Develop a community of learners that respect themselves and each other.
  • Demonstrate respect by listening, kindness, and thoughtful, proactive response.
  • Nurture all routines and early learning with lots of repetition, check-ins, feedback, and family/collegial support.
  • Create and post classroom and online signage that is readily accessible, easy to understand, and supports all student learning.
  • Organize materials in ways that students can access with ease and care. 
  • Keep accurate data lists that chart students' learning growth and needs. Use those lists to inform instruction during math core teaching, Response to Intervention (RTI), and math skills lab.

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