Happy Halloween tomorrow!

I accidentally told the students that we'd have a test tomorrow not thinking about Halloween. Probably not the best day to test! We will test Wednesday and review tomorrow.

A couple of notes:

1. Many students have been missing points because of silly mistakes. Labeling, skipping problems altogether, or not answering the entire question are the most common. It may seem picky to require labels, but it shows me whether students really understand what they're doing. So many of them have learned the algorithm and have no idea what they're doing and why. Please take some time as you're helping your child to have them explain what they're doing and what it means.

2. With missing addend problems like 14 + x= 32 I realize it's easy to count up to get 32 from 14. However, students need to understand that counting up really is subtracting. We can add to subtract. Fact families are purely to solve problems like these. When they can't problem solve their way to an equation to solve this, they don't truly understand what is happening. I'm looking for number sense. It will be worth it ultimately. : ) The equation would be 32-14=18 and x=18. They need both parts for full credit. We've worked extensively on this, but it is tricky.

3. In an effort to give more immediate feedback and to force students to look at their mistakes and learn from them, I am correcting assignments and having students fix mistakes in class the next day. Homework that is not turned in on the day it's due will miss out on corrections and that immediate feedback that is so valuable.

Thank you for all of your support and to those of you who check homework with your student. It makes a big difference.

Mrs. Morton

I accidentally told the students that we'd have a test tomorrow not thinking about Halloween. Probably not the best day to test! We will test Wednesday and review tomorrow.

A couple of notes:

1. Many students have been missing points because of silly mistakes. Labeling, skipping problems altogether, or not answering the entire question are the most common. It may seem picky to require labels, but it shows me whether students really understand what they're doing. So many of them have learned the algorithm and have no idea what they're doing and why. Please take some time as you're helping your child to have them explain what they're doing and what it means.

2. With missing addend problems like 14 + x= 32 I realize it's easy to count up to get 32 from 14. However, students need to understand that counting up really is subtracting. We can add to subtract. Fact families are purely to solve problems like these. When they can't problem solve their way to an equation to solve this, they don't truly understand what is happening. I'm looking for number sense. It will be worth it ultimately. : ) The equation would be 32-14=18 and x=18. They need both parts for full credit. We've worked extensively on this, but it is tricky.

3. In an effort to give more immediate feedback and to force students to look at their mistakes and learn from them, I am correcting assignments and having students fix mistakes in class the next day. Homework that is not turned in on the day it's due will miss out on corrections and that immediate feedback that is so valuable.

Thank you for all of your support and to those of you who check homework with your student. It makes a big difference.

Mrs. Morton

__Homework__

**Monday**: Lesson 26 #s 1-9, 19, 20**Tuesday**: No homework — test tomorrow**Wednesday**: Test and Lesson 27 #s 1-5, 7, 9, 15, 17, 18-20**Thursday**: Lesson 28 #s 1-4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19**Friday**: No homework