Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Math Info Shared at Curriculum Night

The following is a hand out that I shared with parents during curriculum night.  I mentioned in our  October newsletter that I would post this for those that were unable to attend our curriculum night.

 Math Agenda for Curriculum Night

Introduction/Contact Information

Jody Griffith - 5A Math  Room 510

Classroom Routine

Fill in Planners Daily then begin Bellwork assignment (varies)
Daily Word Problem   Journal Assignment    Minute Math
Calendar Math                       

Lesson-Usually from the Go Math resource.  Students are provided hard copies of the student handbook during class.  The online book is available to parents. A handout was sent home last week but I have copies available this evening.

Use ThinkCentral website to access Go Math student book.

Possible activities in lessons may include: creating anchor charts, notes taken in math journal, vocabulary practice, group work, partner work, foldables created, math centers, writing in math, etc.

Begin Homework assignment-if not completed in class, needs to be finished before next class period.

Homework Expectations
          1. We have homework 3-4 times a week, Please check Communication Log or student handbook.
            2. Homework may be completed in class but it should be kept in Math folder until the next day.
            3. Students who complete homework usually perform better on quizzes and tests.
            4. Test dates will be given ahead of time.  Journals, previous work done in class, and study guides may be used to prepare for tests.

          1. An average of two grades will be taken a week from quizzes, tests, projects, math journal, writing in math, or a given set of problems.  Grades are taken from work completed at school.
            2. I usually update grades by Monday of each week.  You will receive emailed progress reports on or around the 1st and 15th of each month. It depends on what day of the week the dates fall on.
            3. Students may earn credit back when they rework previously missed problems correctly with me either during my math study groups Tuesday or Thursday mornings before school or after school on Tuesday and Thursday with Mrs. Russell.

Math Help Before School
Mrs. Griffith - Tuesday and Thursday 7:25-7:55

Math Help After School
Mrs. Russell - Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:30

Additional resources:

Kahn Academy is a great source where problems are modeled step by step.  Type in Kahn Academy and the type of problem that you need help with.  Example: Kahn Academy subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators. Several you-tube videos will come up and you may select the one that fits the objective needs.

Log on to you can find tutorials for math lessons.  You do have to sign in but the account is free.

Math Fact Practice sites:  Cool Math for Kids, Math is Fun and Funbrain are just a few of many sites available. – Have contests several times during the year.

5th Grade Math Objectives
The following is a list of objectives that we will work on to meet Missouri Learning Standards.

  • Use parentheses and brackets in expressions.
  • Write expressions I hear using mathematic symbols and the order of operations.
  • Use numerical rules and patterns to form ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.
Place Value and Operations
  • Understand and explain the value of digits.
  • Explain patterns when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10.
  • Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
  • Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.
  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers.
  • Divide four-digit dividends by two-digit divisors.
  • Illustrate and explain a division problem using equations, arrays, and/or models.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths.
  • Use concrete models or drawings to explain the method used.

  • Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Solve word problems that involve fractions.
  • Understand that fractions are really the division of a numerator by the denominator.
  • Solve word problems where I divide whole numbers to create an answer that is a mixed number.
  • Multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
  • Solve real world problems by multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Divide fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by fractions.
Measurement and Data
  • Convert measurements within the same measuring system.
  • Make a line plot to display data set of measurements in fractions.
  • Use fraction operations to solve problems involving information presented on a line plot.
  • Understand volume.
  • Measure volume by counting unit cubes.
  • Solve real world problems involving volume.
  • Find the volume of an object using the formulas V = l x w x h and V = b x h.
  • Understand how to graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.
  • Graph and interpret points in the first quadrant of a coordinate plane.
  • Classify shapes into categories.
  • Classify shapes based on properties.

Math Non-Negotiables
  • Math journals will be utilized.
  • We will use numbers, pictures and words DAILY to increase students’ understanding.
  • Anchor charts will be used.
  • The Language of Math will be utilized in writing and speaking.
  • The Big 6 Math Problem solving methods will be taught, practiced, and utilized.
  • A culture of math will be fostered.

Other Information
Student of the Week-Chosen by faculty and staff
Student of the Month-Chosen by homeroom class

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Go Math! Parent online access instructions:

2. Click on the Mathematics section.
3. Click on the Go Math! tab that is in the top row, and has a blue sky with clouds.
4. In the drop down boxes you will need to select:
  • State: Missouri
  • District: Pleasant Hill
  • School: Pleasant Hill Intermediate
  • User name and password are the same log in ID’s that your students have here at school to access our computers.  Students need to add P! at the end of their password to log in.
    • ex: erinew24 (ID)
    • Your student should know their log in ID and password
5. You now have access to see all resources for Go Math!
6.  Please refer to the PHIS Family Communication of Assignments email that is sent to you daily for specific pages and lessons that were taught that day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August Newsletter

Pleasant Hill Intermediate School
1204 E. 163rd Street
Pleasant Hill, MO  64080
September 2015

 Important Dates

9/4 - No School - Labor Day Holiday

9/7 - No School - Labor Day Holiday

9/14 - Curriculum Night - Doors Open at 6:20 pm

9/17 - Midterm

9/18 - 3 HR Early - Release-Teacher PD

9/25 - 3 HR Early Release - Homecoming

10/6 - Picture Retakes

10/16 - End of First Quarter

10/23 - No School - Teacher PD/Work Day

10/26 & 10/28 - Parent Conferences

10/30 - No School

(Please Contact Ms. Ludlam if you did not sign up for a Conference at Open House)
                          5A Team Newsletter       

*If you have not signed up for 5A text message reminders, please send the text “@phis5a” to the number “81010”

*If there is a change in how your student will be getting home, please contact the office directly, not the student’s homeroom teacher.  Any other time sensitive information should go through the office directly as well.

*A daily email is sent with the assignments and homework from each teacher. The information is similar to what the students will write in their planners daily.   

*Sending progress reports is how we will be communicating with you about missing assignments, so that your student can get them turned in before quarter grades are final.We email them every couple of weeks to keep you updated on your student’s current grades. If you see a grade that you are concerned about, you can access the Parent Portal at any time to see specific assignments that are missing and bringing down their grade. If you are not signed up to receive emails or for Parent Portal please contact Central Office.  Being signed up for these things, is an essential part of our communication and ensuring the success of our students.

Mrs.  Williamson
816-540-3156 Ext 3508
Mrs. Griffith
816-540-3156 Ext 3510
Ms. Ludlam
Social Studies
816-540-3156 Ext 3511

Study Groups:

Math Study Group with Mrs. Griffith will be every Tuesday and Thursday morning starting in September.  Students do not have to sign up ahead of time to attend.  They can arrive as early 7:25am and can come down to the classroom anytime after that as well.  During this time, students can work on makeup work, and redo assignments with Mrs. Griffith for makeup points and retake tests.  Assignments redone at home will not be given makeup points, the problems must be redone at school.  

Book Club - Mrs. Williamson will also be hosting a book club for Intermediate School students.  More information will be given concerning this group later.

After first quarter midterm grades are sent out, Ms. Ludlam will be offering tutoring after school Tuesdays and Thursdays in any subject.