Math Grades K-2

HCTM Problem of the Month Winners for November!

HCTM Problem of the Month Winners for November!
We would like to take this opportunity on behalf of HCTM to thank the hundreds of students that participated in our first ever HCTM Problem of the Month for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade. I would also like to thank…
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No Homework? How else can I support my child’s learning?

No Homework?  How else can I support my child’s learning?
Want to connect to your children's learning experiences at school but they currently don't have any homework? Check out this post from Edutopia, giving parents 15 alternative questions for deeper inquiry into the learning and experiences of their children's day…
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Problem of the Month Second Grade Edition- November

Problem of the Month Second Grade Edition- November
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Problem of the Month Parent Flyer

Problem of the Month Parent Flyer
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Reinforcing teen numbers using the “Say a Ten Way”

Reinforcing teen numbers using the “Say a Ten Way”
Do your students struggle with identifying and understanding numbers such as eleven and twelve? If so, you are not alone. Teen numbers can be a struggle for kindergarten students for many reasons. First, the “structure” of the number does not…
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Quick images to represent and compare numbers

Quick images to represent and compare numbers
During this school year, students have learned to represent numbers using a variety of strategies, including counters, tally marks, number lines and tens frames. Ten frames are a great way to not only help students represent numbers but also help…
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There’s More Than One Way to Write a Number

There’s More Than One Way to Write a Number
Leaning the base ten system is like learning a new language for our children. Instead of letters there are the digits 0-9. Depending on the placement of the digit determines the value it represents. We group 10 ones to make…
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Not Just Evens and Odds

Not Just Evens and Odds
If you add two odd numbers will your answer be an even or odd number? What about two even numbers? Will those results always be true? The idea of evens and odds may seem simple but it is a powerful…
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Understanding the Kindergarten Math Standards

Understanding the Kindergarten Math Standards
Do you have questions about what your child is learning in mathematics? To learn more about the Kindergarten Math Standards, check out the video below. https://youtu.be/-K-zXIoos_0
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So what’s the deal with Homework?

So what’s the deal with Homework?
Are you wondering how to help your child with homework? Check out this video on guidelines for Elementary Math Homework as well as ways to help your child! https://youtu.be/7sgwZrk87mU
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Practicing Positional Words Using Games

Practicing Positional Words Using Games
“I spy an object that is below the television…” “I spy an object that is under the window…” Simon says, “Stand next to your chair…” Simon says, “Hold the ball over your head…” Simon says, “Put the pattern blocks on…
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Start your year off right with Math Norms

Start your year off right with Math Norms
What are Math Norms? Math Norms are a set of expectations that describe what should be occurring in the classroom during math instruction. Norms should be written in a positive manner and outline student and teacher actions. Norms should cover…
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Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!

Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!
Building vocabulary knowledge and usage in mathematics and science should not amount to copying definitions in notebooks. Decades of copying definitions has resulted in many students being able to repeat a definition but not show its application in context. A…
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Stop creating a word wall for your students!

Stop creating a word wall for your students!
How effective is it to have a list of math words on the wall? Who decides what words to place on the wall and who puts them up on display? Students benefit from building vocabulary knowledge. Teachers often create word…
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Promoting Precise Mathematical Language

Promoting Precise Mathematical Language
Why teach math vocabulary? The Standards for Mathematics emphasize that mathematically proficient students communicate precisely to others; however, the language of mathematics can often be confusing. Lack of knowledge of math vocabulary can hinder achievement. What makes math vocabulary different…
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Using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices

Using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices
Have you ever thought about using Five Frames to reinforce positive choices within the classroom? The first few months of school are spent building community within the classroom. Part of building community is reinforcing positive choices. Teachers use a variety…
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Distributed Practice – What’s the point?

Distributed Practice – What’s the point?
Sure, you’ve probably heard “distributed practice” mentioned by your math coach or in a math training, or you’ve seen that hyperlinked arrow on the second slide of each GCG PowerPoint…but you may have found yourself asking, “What’s the point of…
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How do we find and fill the holes? – A Mathematics Learning Trajectory Tool

How do we find and fill the holes? – A Mathematics Learning Trajectory Tool
While the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) were designed to incorporate the 3 major shifts of focus, coherence and rigor, it can be easy to get so focused on a grade level, that the coherence across grade levels can get lost.…
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NEW Resources????

NEW Resources????
NEW resources???? That is right!!! This school year you will see some new resources linked in your Instructional Guides. In addition to the GCGs, PowerPoints, and Assessments, you will find 3 new resources, Unit Summaries, Parent Partnership Homework, and Distributed…
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Subitizing, A funny name for a serious topic!

Subitizing, A funny name for a serious topic!
Subitizing comes from the Latin word for "suddenly" and refers to our ability to instantly see how many dots or objects exist in front of them. Without counting, are you able to instantly recognize what number you rolled when you…
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