## Everyday Math

This spiral series involves the use of many hands-on manipulatives and focuses on multiple strategies for solving problems including non-traditional algorithms. At the beginning of each unit a parent letter will be sent home that describes what content will be covered in that unit, important vocabulary, suggested at-home activities as well as the answers to the unit’s homework problems. With this series students will receive homework with each lesson. The homework is referred to as "Home Links” and is designed to take your child about fifteen minutes to complete each night. The parent letter given at the start of each unit provides some of the answers to the homework problems in the event your child is struggling. The Student Reference Book, which can also be found online, will serve as a valuable resource for completing the homework assignments. At times this homework is going to look very different from what we are used to seeing. Please hang in there with me, and I promise we will not only get through it, but the students will learn a lot!

http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Student login codes and passwords for the Everyday Math website are located in the front cover of their planner.

http://www.ixl.com/

http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Student login codes and passwords for the Everyday Math website are located in the front cover of their planner.

http://www.ixl.com/

## Algorithm Videos

Please visit this site below to find helpful tutorials for using some of the new algorithms we are learning about in class.

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teaching-topics/computation/

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teaching-topics/computation/

Monday Math Quizzes (MMQ)

Each Monday all students will take a short math quiz focused on computational math skills. There will be four rows of problem with each row having a separate mathematical concept highlighted. For example, row one may be subtraction problems, row two addition problems, row three multiplication problems, and row four fraction problems. When the quiz is graded the score for each row is evaluated to determine if 75% or higher was obtained for that row. If the criteria were not met, then your student will receive a page of math homework that addresses the concept missed. Thus, a student may bring home no homework or up to four pages of math problems depending on the results of the weekly quiz. This homework will always be due on Friday of that week unless otherwise noted. Please look for this homework to come home no later than Tuesday night.

Here are student examples of what this will look like: My student Bill takes the quiz. In row one he receives 100% on the subtraction, row two 100% in addition, row three 50% in multiplication, and row four 75% in fractions. Based on this test result Bill would receive one page of multiplication homework due on Friday. Mary, on the other hand, scored 75% or higher on each row and subsequently does not have any homework. John scored

Consequently, if your student receives homework this means that additional support is needed. Please take the time to work through the problems with your student if confusion is evident and at the least correct all problems and have your student redo the missed items.

**It is imperative that you check with your student to see if he or she received this homework assignment each week (This can be done by checking Power School too).**Here are student examples of what this will look like: My student Bill takes the quiz. In row one he receives 100% on the subtraction, row two 100% in addition, row three 50% in multiplication, and row four 75% in fractions. Based on this test result Bill would receive one page of multiplication homework due on Friday. Mary, on the other hand, scored 75% or higher on each row and subsequently does not have any homework. John scored

**below**75% on each row and he qualified for the full set of four pages of extra practice homework. This assignment is designed to meet the needs of each individual student with the goal being to give only extra practice in the areas that your student demonstrates a need in.Consequently, if your student receives homework this means that additional support is needed. Please take the time to work through the problems with your student if confusion is evident and at the least correct all problems and have your student redo the missed items.

**Initial the homework each week prior to having your student turn in the assignment indicating that you have reviewed the material and corrected the work with your student.**I do give letter grades for the homework assignment. If a homework assignment is given, I automatically enter a 0 in for the assignment at the beginning of the week and once the homework is turned in by Friday the grade is changed (no late penalty if turned in on time). This can cause a significant drop in a grade at the beginning of the week, however, please be assured that once the homework is submitted the grade will bounce back. In this way you have the ability to tell from home if your student received MMQ homework for the week. If a student completes an assignment, but does the entire page wrong then the only accomplishment is lots of practice doing math incorrectly.**I strongly encourage parental involvement on this assignment!**