Today's purple folder that went home, has some math assessments we have been working on. 2 weeks ago the children took an initial rounding test and the grades were not so stellar. Last week we took some time to do some focused remediation rounding group practice everyday. You may have also seen some additional practice sheets come home. Last Friday, the children had the chance to retest on NBT.1. A few kiddos still need some more practice either on rounding basics, word problems, or expanded form so I've included practice sheets in their purple folder. They will be allowed to complete these during free time at home and return them to school when ready.
MEANWHILE... we continued to press on with addition to the 1000s place with fluency (NBT.2). Regrouping fluently to the 100s place was a Common Core standard that should have been mastered in 2nd grade, so I gave the children a baseline addition assessment (which is a graded assignment in this week's folder). This gave me (and now you) a good snapshot of the foundational areas that some students still may need strengthening in. The lack of basic skills in such areas as addition/subtraction fast fact knowledge, regrouping, and place value (which should have been established prior to third grade) may slow their mathematical growth. If these skills are weak for your child, we will work in class (and at home) to strengthen these areas so your student makes as much progress as possible! We will also work to challenge those children who have mastered the basics with math group games and apps on the iPad/iPod.