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Help Me With Common Core Math!

The Kentucky Core Academic Standards were adopted by our state legislature and have been implemented at Longbranch for the past 5 school years.  These standards are based off of the national Common Core Standards.

The math standards emphasize teaching students mastery of mathematicial processes and procedures rather than rote memorization or math tricks.  Some of the tactics and teaching methodologies challenge children and adults alike.  We do believe implementation of these standards are helping our students understand mathematics, not just perform mathematical operations.  We understand the transition to a different way of thinking is difficult.  Therefore, we offer you these great resources to help your children at home.

FIRST AND FOREMOST:  This is a great resource.

1.  Many of our teachers own the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Mathematics and we recommend one for the home as well.  We will be submitting a school order in the winter of 2015 for any parent interested in having a home copy.  The website gives you links for addtional information.  http://www.usborne.com/quicklinks/eng/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?loc=uk&id=1331

2.  Illustrative Mathematics is a nonprofit created by two writers of the common core standards to help provide teachers a blueprint and sample tasks.  The purpose of this website is training teachers how to best teach with the new standards.  A benefit for parents is seeing this first hand and using the resources at home.  https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/

3.  Why the emphasis on "making 10"?  Because it's the base of our number system and without a solid understanding of making 10, students will be lost, lost, lost as they move forward in mathematics.

If you buy furniture and if the price is $897 for the sofa, $765 for the loveseat, and $199 for the coffee table, do you get out paper and pencil right there in the middle of Ashley Furniture and "stack and add" the three numbers?  (No...smarty pants...you don't have a calculator...or your phone...or a watch with a calculator.  You only have your brain to do this work.)  Do you add the hundreds, then tens, then ones in your head and then add all three together?  Do you round $897 up to $900 (remember the 3 less), round the $199 to $200 (remember 1 less), get $1100 plus $765 ($1865) and subtract the $4 ($1861)?  If you chose the latter...this is what we teach the children.  Before they get to this level, they have to learn all the ways to make 10.  6 and 4, 4 and 6.  1 and 9, 9 and 1.  They have to learn how they can trade numbers back and forth and keep in mind what they're still missing for use later.  There's a LOT of mental math and visualization.  Is your mind blown?  Watch some of these to help with homework at home:

Ten Frame Math

Online Making 10

Games for Making 10

4.  For our older kids, fractions are a basic building block for future mathematical study.  We believe kids need a strong understanding of what a fraction of a number is, how to understand fractions that are less than or more than one another, how and when to add a fraction to another fraction, how to subtract a fraction from another fraction, how to multiply a fraction by a whole number or by another fraction (and when we would find this necessary in life), and how to take a fraction and divide it (and when we might need to understand this in our daily lives). 

My 7 brothers, my sister, and I ordered a pizza.  The boys ate 7 of the 8 pieces of the pizza.  I agreed to split the last piece with my sister.  I need to enter it into My Fitness Pal (an app I use to calculate the amount of calories I eat daily).  If I don't know how to divide fractions, how will I know how much of the pizza I've eaten?  How will I know whether to put in 1/8, 1/16, or 1 into My Fitness Pal?

Extra Practice

Multiplying Fractions

5.  Area models can be SOOOOO confusing!  Let us show you some great videos to bring clarity to this type of multiplication and division.


Annenberg Learner

Engage NY

That's all for now.  We'll keep buiding this page. 

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