Glenmont Elementary heading
Bethlehem A to Z heading

Glenmont News

Glenmont School Math Fact Leaders

The month of March is a time for our Math Leaders to shine! Each spring we have been recognizing our students who have mastered their math facts for their grade level as Glenmont Math Leaders. These students are invited to sign the Math Leader Bulletin Board, have their photo taken for our website, and have their names read during morning announcements. This year it is our goal to have EVERY student be recognized.

Although here at Glenmont School we have been focusing on the mastery of math facts for the past few years, there is an increased urgency now that NYS has adopted the Common Core curriculum. Now there are state-wide expectations that children need to be able to recall math facts quickly and automatically. Why? Research has shown that when students are able to automatically recall their facts, they can then turn their attention to new concepts and more advanced tasks. For example, if a child does not know basic addition facts, then when a teacher is explaining a new problem solving technique, the child has to slow down and think about what 6+7 equals rather than concentrate on the new technique the teacher wants him to learn.

The good news is that regular practice can help all of our students learn their facts, which will in turn allow them to be successful in their math studies both now and for the rest of their academic careers. Your child’s teacher has multiple ways for you to help support this learning at home, whether with games, websites, or flash cards. In order for your child to become proficient, he or she will need to practice at home. Spending five to ten minutes every day is a more effective way to help your child memorize their facts than spending an hour once a week. It is also important to note that the children must know their facts so well that their responses are quick and automatic.

We are very excited about this emphasis on such an important skill for our students. Thank you in advance for your help!

Become a Math Fact Leader

Beginning in March, we are recognizing those students who have gone above and beyond and are able to answer math fact questions at lightening speed. Math Leaders will be invited to sign the Math Wall of Fame and have their photo posted here. Here are the criteria our students need to meet:

Kindergarten: facts to 5 (+ and -) meaning the total is no more than five. Children must complete 40 facts in 3 minutes.

Grade 1: facts to 10 (+ and -) - 20 facts in 1 minute

Grade 2: facts to 20 (+ and -) - 20 facts in 1 minute

Grade 3: 20 facts in 1 minute for all operations

Grade 4: 30 facts in 1 minute for all operations

Grade 5: 40 facts in 1 minute for all operations

 

2014 Math Fact Leaders

Week of June 16

Week of June 2

Week of May 26, 2014

Week of May 19, 2014

Week of May 12, 2014

 

Week of May 5, 2014

 

Week of April 7, 2014

 

Week of March 24, 2014

 

Week of March 17, 2014

 

Week of March 10, 2014

 

Week of March 3, 2014