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Hello March!! 

I recently received an email that said, "Keep Calm and March On."  I think that is a good motto for this long month.

Last month I mentioned about working on basic facts.  Even though many parts of the math curriculum has changed one constant remains, WE ALL NEED TO KNOW OUR BASIC FACTS!!  And flashcards are still a great way to learn them.  The fact schedule listed below are requirements for each grade.

Kindergarten is no longer just learning "how to learn" and get along.  Today students need to know how to add and subtract within 5.

First graders take a step up to add and subtract within 10.

Second grade is a big year.  They need to have the single digit sums and differences memorized and be able to add and subtract within 100.  That means composing and decomposing (carrying and borrowing).

Third grade returns to more traditional facts: single digit multiplication and division by memory.  A great way to help is by skip counting.  They don't need to be fast but accurate.  They also need to be able to add and subtract within 1000.

Fourth grade can be a difficult year to solidify all the previously mentioned skills.  The main requirement is to add and subtract within 1,000,000.

Fifth grade and Sixth grade is where having all basic facts memorized become essential. Requirements for these grades are multi-digit multiplication and division.  Sixth grade also includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with decimals.

Go Math!!

Mrs. Lowry


February 2020

I always feel that this is a real cruicial point in the year.  The students all know the routines, they understand expectations so it's time to get those crucial skills automatic.  Speaking of automatic, it's time to have know the basic facts automatically.  Third and fourth graders are working on getting the multiplication facts automatic.

January 2020

Hello.  We had a special surprise in December. 

To help us, classroom teachers and myself, guide instruction I monitor the kindergarten and 1st grade math students weekly.  The kindergarten students practice quicky counting or just recognizing how many spots are on a page and then point to the number that coordinates (Matching Quantity).  Second semester they will move on to number indentification. 

The First grade students practice decoding by telling me how many more things I would need to reach a certain number.  So if I need 9 things and I show them the number 5, I ask how many to make 9?  It helps me identify if they are beginning to understand adding and subtracting (Decoding).

This monitoring is done individually.  After each student is done, I usually give them a life saver or some Dots Pretzels.  I was telling my daughter about how much the students like the Dots.  She wrote to the company and told our story.  In December we received 2 complimentary cases of Dots Pretzels.  We should have enough to reward their hard work for a couple months.  

We also had two Elves, Cheeto and Dorita, visit us throughout December and enjoyed checking out the math manipulatives and room decorations.  It was a fun month.  We were all on the nice list!!




December already!!

Many of the teachers are using Math Interactive Journals instead of or with work pages.  The students are amazed at how much paper they use for their journals.  One of the ways I help students it to help organize their journals.  We work on putting the date, module and lesson in their journal on the next empty page.  It's pretty tricky for 2nd graders but by the time they are in 5th grade it's old hat.  These journals are very valuable.  When students bring home math work, they should also have their journals.  It has examples of how to complete problems.  

If they have forgotten their journal, never fear.  There are some really good YouTube clips to help explain the lessons.  First check out your child's math teacher's web page.  Several have demonstrations of how to solve current and previous lessons.  They have also posted links to helpful clips.  Duane Habecker has a YouTube channel that covers nearly every lesson.  You'll just need to know the module and lesson number.  

I hope this helps you as you support your child's learning.

Sandy Lowry


Hello everyone.  

Solving puzzles can be a great accomplishments.  It can fill you with a sense of accompliment and satisfaction.  Struggling with a puzzle can be frustrating and defeatist.  I enjoy math for the first reason.  Unfortunately too many of our students struggle and give up before they get to the satisfaction state.  You are an important part of the educational process.  But living through my own children's and students'math struggles has shown me that when I stay positive, they stay positive.

One website that can help us be a valuable resource for your student is  When you get on the site click the grade.  Then find the lesson (see above picture).  There are video examples for the lessons.  I encourage you to watch the videos with your student.  

On the subject of working math problems with your student, if you haven't asked them about First in Math, here's your chance.  Most students have reached 500 stickers so they can add a famiy member.  If you'd like to be added I can get help you set up your account.

I'm grateful for all the parents who work hard to support their children and their teachers.  


Hello.  It's great to be back into a routine.  We, the Title I Team, have been checking students for growth and development.  The students have done very well.  There were just a few standards we needed to review and then dive into the new standards for their new levels. 

When students are have particular problems with a concept, I try to do a video to help them and you understand the concept. I'm working on being able to email those video directly to you.   

One area that will benefit all students is memory and review of basic facts.  Here are some websites to help support development of math fluency and other concepts.  Last I checked they were all still working but technology changes fast so some might have a redirect.


Greg Tang Math:

Calculation Nation: 



Math Magician:

Fact Monster: 

Complements of 10:

Math Lines:


Motion Math - various apps

Kakooma - addition and multiplication challenges in puzzle format

Quick Math - addition, subtraction, multiplication & division practice

Math Bingo - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Ten Frame - beneficial for beginning addition

Top It - single digit addition

Tric Trac - addition facts

Name that Number - Also known as Target (Challenging 1st grade and up) Deep Sea Duel - beneficial for addition combinations

King of Math - Various types of math problems (2nd grade and up)
Match 10 - Combinations of 10

A new math website that we are implementing school wide is First In Math.  We have assigned usernames and passwords for the students.  We encourage them to use this site at home as well as during any free time at school.  It's a fun site (and a little addictive).

Have a great October!!  Sandy Lowry

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