Math Rocks, Assignment #4

Getting ready for the first unit!

I’m excited to be launching into Math Rocks for a second year!   What makes this very first classroom centered assignment exciting, is that we have been guided through a process to help us plan ALL our math units throughout the year!   

As the year progresses, it will seem that time will become more and more scarce, but as in Annie’s video, some things that take a little extra time at the beginning, can result in big time savings later on.  The steps Brian outlined to take a deep dive into the unit before you even begin to plan will take a little longer the first time, but as we get more proficient, we will get faster. Since I am an instructional coach, I repeated the process for EACH grade level.  Yep, all 6.  The first one took me quite a bit longer than the last.  I fell into a rhythm, and I began to know what to look for to quickly identify the key points.   

My noticings:

  • If we are truly stretched for time, MAKE the time to watch the video by Brian or Regina.  They highlight the key learnings that we will need to be aware of!
  • Each grade level begins the year by reviewing critical content from the year before.   For Kinder, it is reviewing what they may already know about numbers and counting.  For grades 1-3, it is using data to play with numbers and review basic facts and operations.   For 4th, they began reviewing place value ideas learned in previous grades, and then really emphasizing the relationship between places.  Finally, 5th grade begins the year by applying what they know about basic operations to learn order of operations.  They also have an intense review of 4th grade fraction and decimal concepts.
  • Spiral review activities and resources are highlighted for all grade levels.

I’m looking forward to purposeful planning with teachers, starting with these great first steps:  rationale and unit video!  I just know it is going to help us make mathematics come alive and relevant in our classrooms!

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