Homework & Projects

I will post information here when I feel that parents might need a little extra information about a particular homework assignment or project.  In most cases, however, homework assignments will be recorded by students and placed in the back pockets of the red Take-Home folders.

(due Wed. 2/9)

Dear Students,
For homework this week, you need to create a multiplication number story. Remember that number stories have 4 major parts. Please use this checklist to make sure that you have included all the parts in your story!

1. I have created an interesting number story using multiplication.
        * check your handwriting
        * check spelling
        * check punctuation
        * check capital letters
        * make sure you are asking a question!

2. I have answered my number story (with the unit!).

3. I have written down the number model.

4. I have illustrated/decorated/colored my number story. Is it 3D?

Please make sure to do your very best work. I can’t wait to see your stories!
                                               Mrs. Marzilli



A copy of the steps outlining the Trade First algorithm was sent home with students to keep as a reference.  This information can also be found HERE.

Students are responsible for finding, cutting out, and bringing in 4-6 different polygons from newspapers, magazines, fliers, etc. by Wednesday, January 5.  Please click HERE to see the directions sent home on Monday. 

Addition with Regrouping

Dear Parents,

We have been learning a new way to solve addition problems with regrouping, called partial sums. Back in the “old days,” we used the carrying method. Once you familiarize yourself with the partial sums algorithm, however, you will see that it actually makes more sense than carrying. Through this method, students will (hopefully) have a better understanding of what is happening and how/why numbers are being regrouped – rather than just learning to “carry the one.”  (Eventually, students will also learn the traditional method, but for now please encourage them to use Partial Sums to solve double and triple-digit addition problems! This method emphasizes number sense and place value – rather than rote memorization - and it is more developmentally appropriate than “carrying.”)

We will continue to work on the partial sums algorithm throughout the week. Please take a look at the steps and examples HERE so that you can help your child at home, should s/he need it.