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Math Instruction and PARCC

In Kindergarten through grade 5, the district utilizes the EngageNY program, which was specifically designed to meet the standards set forth by the state of New Jersey and assessed by PARCC. Multiple independent reviewers have given EngageNY (also known as Eureka Math) the highest rating among all reviewed math programs for its alignment to the standards. You can read more about its rating here.

In grades 6-8, we use the Glencoe program.

 

To learn more about the New Jersey Math Standards and what they mean for classroom instruction, view this document:

Math Common Core

 Key Areas of Focus by Grade

K:

Counting, comparing numbers, understanding of addition and subtraction

1:

Addition and subtraction, place value (tens and ones), and measurement

2:

Addition and subtraction fluency, using propeties, and place value

3:

Multiplican and division and fractions

4:

Multi-digit multiplicatio and division, equivalent fractions, adding and subtrating fractions with like denominators, and multiplying a fraction with a whole number

5:

Decimal place value and operations with fractions and decimals

6:

Ratios and proportional relationships and beginning to work with expressions and equations

7

Ratios and proportional relationships and arithmetic of rational numbers

8

Liner algebra and linear functions

What Parents May Notice about Math Instruction Under the new Standards:

  • Activities and practice tasks are intended to build concepts rather than just develop procedural knowledge.  This may seem strange and less efficient, but that is because we are focusing on helping students understand why and how the numbers work. We will get to the more efficient methods after we build the coceptual understanding.

  • Students will sometimes be asked to write an explanation of how they arrived at an answer.

  • Students may be asked to try solving the same problem in more than one way and then compare.  We want them to realize that there are frequently multiple ways to arrive at an answer and to be flexibile in choosing the best approach for each set of circumstances.

  • There will be a lot of discussion about mathematical problems and solutions in the classroom.

  • You may hear and read terms that are unfamiliar to you.  These are usually related to building concepts.  You can often find information about terms and procedures that are strange to you by googling them.  There are quite a numer of youtube videos that actually explain them pretty effectively.

Here are some suggestions for helping your child in math:

  • Know the fluencies your child should have at his/her grade level (e.g. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division facts) and help him/her to practice them.
  • Talk to your child about homework and ask him/her to explain new concepts to you. (The best way to learn something is to teach it!)
  • Encourage your child not to give up while solving problems, to build stamina and develop critical thinking skills. Don’t give your child the answers – ask him/her to think of different ways to solve problems.
  • Have your child illustrate the math he/she was thinking in his/her head and discuss it out loud.
  • Have your child apply math knowledge to a real-world scenario at home, such as doubling a recipe, budgeting allowance, or calculating the area of a room.

 

Links to Support Parents in Supporting Kids with Math!

The Common Core makes simple math more complicated.  Here’s Why.

Making Math Facts Fun

Eureka (Engage NY) Math Tips for Parents

Supporting Your Child

Educational Math Activities for Parents and Children

Engage NY Parent and Family Resources

PTA Parent Guide

 

 


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