Math Fact Fluency…Revisited

Math fact fluency is very important for student achievement in math and it is a standard in 3rd grade.  The standard states that 3rd grade students should fluently multiply and divide within 100 and by the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.  The 2nd grade standard states that students should be able to fluently add and subtract within 100.  By the time our students finish 3rd grade, we want to be sure they are fluent in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

Reflex

To help students master their math facts, we use the Reflex math fact fluency online program.  We use this fun program instead of just using worksheets or flash cards.  All students will have log in information for Reflex in their agenda binders.  To use Reflex, students go to www.reflexmath.com or open the free Reflex math app on an iPad.  They enter “smasters” as the username and then click on their class name.  After clicking on their name, they enter their password.  Parents can sign up for a parent reporting account by going to www.reflexmath.com/parents.  Follow the onscreen instructions to easily set up your account.  This will allow you monitor your child’s math fact fluency progress.  (You will need your child’s password to access this.)

Usage is important for success with Reflex.  (Three days of usage is good but four days is better!)  Any help you can provide by encouraging your child to use Reflex at home will be appreciated.

Math Masters

The Math Masters fact incentive program has been used at Holsenbeck for many years, but we have made some changes this year. This year, awards will be given in recognition of the student’s fluency in Reflex.

Math Master level: 50% fluent with addition and subtraction facts
Math Mentor level: 100% fluent with addition and subtraction facts
Math Wizard level: 50% fluent with multiplication and division facts
Math Genius level: 100% fluent with multiplication and division facts

These awards will be recognized at awards celebrations.

First Week of School 2017

It was a great first week of school and it started with a great first day! Our first day of school included “get-to-know-you” activities and academic practice. We even had our first day of Daily 5 and Read to Self practice.

During the first week of school we reviewed our school-wide expectations (Be Ready, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible), played math games, learned about map features, read lots of fun books, decorated our writing journals, and started writing true stories.

I can tell we are going to have a great school year…because this is a great group of kids!

 

1st Quarter Awards 2016

Here are the award winners for our class for the 1st nine weeks grading period:

Happy HAWK and Hardest Worker

Happy HAWK and Hardest Worker

Honor Roll

Honor Roll

Kesler and Carianne are always Helping All With Kindness and Melissa is our Hardest Worker!

 

 

 

 

 

Honor Roll is all 3s and 4s. Great job to Abby, Destiny, Michael, Isabelle, Laney, Lola, Blake, and Ziaira!

Merit Roll is mostly 3s. Great job to Lyric, Emily Gattis, Brayden, Heaven, Jayden, and Juan!

Perfect Attendance

Perfect Attendance

NBA: Never Been Absent

NBA: Never Been Absent

Math Masters

Math Masters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math Masters is a fact fluency program that rewards students for learning all of their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Michael, Laney, Lola, Destiny, Isabelle, Ziaira, Blake, Brayden, and Abby have passed the addition level, so they are Math Masters! Blake has also passed the subtraction level, so he is a Math Mentor!

 

Congratulations to all of these students! I am very proud of their hard work!

1st Quarter 2016

I’m sorry this post is a little bit late, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to look back at all the fun and learning of the year.

Besides the state standards for third grade, we also focus on 21st century skills in my classroom such as collaboration and appropriate technology use. Here are some examples of students using technology and working collaboratively. Visit our class website or Seesaw to see some of the finished products!

My students have also been forming great relationships with their kindergarten reading buddies in Mrs. King’s class. They read together at least once a month, and Mrs. King’s class has visited our class to see our finished projects.

After learning about Ancient Greece in Social Studies, we moved on to studying heat in Science. Mrs. Mauney, our student teacher, conducted multiple experiments as students investigated how thermal energy moves. In these pictures, students are collecting data on how solar radiation and different colors affect temperature.

Finally, we began a Pollution Solution Project-Based Learning Unit. As our entry event, students collected data on the litter and pollution on our school campus. This trash bag contains all the litter they found on the playground!

First Week of 2016

This post is a little late, but we had a great first week of school. Here are some pictures of the fun we had during the 1st week of 3rd grade!

We had fun decorating our writing journals

We had fun decorating our writing journals

Interviewing and introducing ourselves to our classmates:

We even had fun during inside recess when it rained!

Disney Headbandz

Disney Headbandz 

Trouble

Trouble 

Lots of fun!

Lots of fun!

1st Day of School 2016

We had a great first day of school! Students learned about rules and procedures and talked with new and old friends.

Getting to talk with friends is one of the best parts of the first day of school!

Getting to talk with friends is one of the best parts of the first day of school!

These students were so excited about Read to Self time!

A great group of kids!

A great group of kids!