Students recieved their chapter one ‘Go Math’ book which covers place value, multiplication and expressions. This week the focus has been on describing the relationship between two place-value positions, and how to read, write, and represent whole numbers through the hundred millions place. We also reviewed properties of operations and how to use these to solve problems more efficiently. We will begin working with exponents and looking at patterns in multiplying with zeros. Please note that in fifth grade I only use the standard algorithms in math. The book does cover other methods, however in preparing students for our 6th-8th grade accelerated program, students need to become comfortable with the standard methods. Therefore, we will be moving quickly through this first chapter. Students are graded on homework completion and do receive a homework notice if it is not done. I feel that it is important to keep up with the homework in order to keep up with what is being taught in class. Homework is 5% of their grade. There are homework quizzes (15%), mid-chapter quizzes (30%) and chapter tests (50%) for each chapter. This scale is used in all grades in math from fifth through eighth. If students miss a quiz or test because they were absent, they can make it up before or after school. Just email me and let me know what would work best for you.
Something new this year is Math Lab. All students attend Math Lab once a week with Mrs. Payleitner. They work on math facts, and reinforce skills being taught in the class. They also will work on Aspire prep as we get closer to taking the standardized test. Miss Jensen and Miss Milligan are the SRS teachers for fifth grade math and their support is valuable! Continental Math is a math competition that will begin in November and is held once a month through March. These competition will be completed during Math Lab time at school for all students. Math League is another math competition for fifth grade. This competition is held in the spring and all students participate and it is done online.
There is going to be a Math Meeting for Parents on September 25th in the multiplication-purpose room from 7:00-8:00PM. All grades will be represented at this meeting to give parents an overview of our math program.
I look forward to a great year ahead as your child’s fifth grade math teacher. I love teaching math and hope to inspire them to love math too!