PS 42X Math Resources – May Sessions

Exciting things are going at P.S. 42X. This month we focused on targeting areas that the data indicated that needed additional support and also examined at our instructional practices as a means of better meeting the needs of students.

During our last session we focused on the use of game structures to build fluencies and understanding. The focus on Stage 3 and Stage 4 fluencies support the work that the end of the 2015 school year. Some of the game structures used were Connect 4, Heads Ups/Head Feathers, Double Dice games.  The links to the activities are below:

Additionally, we shared some formative assessment checklists to better keep track of how students are progressing with identified fluencies.

With Grade 1 we made a video that focused on modeling to students how to play a fluency building games, how students should work collaboratively and also the mathematical language that they should use.  Teachers also came up with the idea of creating a number grid that can be used with Base-10 Blocks…where students can place a ten in a row to know that they have ten of an amount.

Grade 2 teachers have been working on adapting lessons the get students “doing and talking” more., while working collaboratively.  To better understand what students understand we performed using a formative assessment tool created using Google Forms. The focus was: Can the students use a ruler precisely and appropriately?

Additionally, in grade 1 we just completed our 2nd cycle of our adapted lesson study focused on incorporating small-group instruction and math centers.  Teachers are doing some powerful reflections of how to structure first grade math for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  Some highlights are:

  • Have a clearer vision of what students should come in with from September from Kinder.
  • Enhance the navigation through the program…take the meat leave the bones.
  • Make an outline of different units and have a clear picture of what needs to be focused on.
  • Incorporate flexible partnerships consistently.

Some other resources that we used were:


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