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    March 2, 2010
  • 2. Math Curriculum Committee Update
    K-12 Committee began work in January 2009
    Worked with the Math Science Collaborative to study “best practices”
    Participated in presentations on six programs
    Evaluated each program and conducted phone interviews with teachers and administrators in school districts currently using the program
    Selected Math Expressions as the top choice.
    Two teachers per grade level are piloting Math Expressions during the second semester
    Teachers will use FASTT Math & Soar to Success software to supplement the Math Expressions program
  • 3. Math Expressions Program
    A comprehensive standard-based K-5 mathematics curriculum that offers new ways to teach and learn mathematics.
    It combines the powerful elements of the National Science Foundation (NSF) reform mathematics, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) with the best of traditional approaches.
    It uses objects, drawings, conceptual language and real world situations to help students build mathematical ideas that math sense to them.
    Math Talk
    Students explain thinking using drawings, develop math language
    “Solve, Explain, Question, & Justify”
    Quick Practice
    Whole class daily routines & building of prerequisite skills
    Accessible Algorithms
    Computational procedures that are meaningful to all learners
    Student Leaders
    Students assume leadership roles, develop confidence
    Building Concepts
    Real world concepts, link drawings to written math notation
    Helping Community
    Everyone is a teacher and a learner
  • 5. Accessible Algorithms
    An algorithm is a multi-step method for solving a math problem.
    Students need to understand algorithms conceptually so that they can comprehend math.
    Students learn to make math drawings that show quantities.
    Having more than one algorithm allows students to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
    Less advanced students typically chose one method.
    Other students may use and be able to explain more than one method while becoming fluent in at least one.
    Understanding multiple algorithms builds number sense
  • 6. Components of the Program
    Student Books (Hardback or Consumable)
    Homework & Remembering Practice Books
    Teacher’s Resource Book
    Differentiated Instruction Cards
    Varied Assessment
    Manipulatives & Materials Kits
    Student & Teacher Math Boards
    Literature Libraries
    Planning Guides & Pacing Guides
    Tier I, II, III Interventions
    Interactive White Board Technology
    Online Parent Resources –
  • 7. Tips for Parents
    A strong home school connection will facilitate the learning of all students
    Math Letters describe concepts that are different and explain why the program uses these models
    We ask each family to identify a “homework helper” to support the child’s learning from homework.
    Ask your child about what he/she learned in school
    Have your child talk about math using math terminology
    Ask questions to prompt your child, rather than just telling the answers
    Practice math facts for 5 to 10 minutes each evening
    Have children apply math in real life situations:
    Count change, count silverware, measure ingredients, calculate travel distances
  • 8. Online Resources
    Go to for additional resources
    Click on Pennsylvania
    Click on Math Expressions
    Select Grade Level
    Select either Family or Kids Place
    You will find the following resources:
    Unit Overview
    Family Letters
    Math Background
  • 9. A Peek Inside Math Expressions Classrooms
    C:Documents and SettingsmarinbDesktopMath Expressions_2.wmv
  • 10. Thank You to Our Pilot Teachers and their Students
    Kindergarten: Mrs. Hutchinson & Mrs. Werner
    Grade 1: Mrs. Fox & Ms. Bettac
    Grade 2: Mrs. Nedley & Mrs. Crimboli
    Grade 3: Mrs. Cycak & Mrs. Kudrick
    Grade 4: Mrs. Parker & Mrs. Bringe
    Grade 5: Mrs. Hawk & Mrs. Ferchak
    Special Education: Mrs. Short & Mrs. Gilroy
    Title I: Mrs. Butler
    Intervention Coordinator: Mrs. Leshock