Math Program

Our district is using EnVision Math Pearson Realize which is aligned to the Common Core for our math program.  Students have a consumable workbook with pages that can be torn out.  There are lesson pages in the book which are a wonderful resource explaining the concepts and skills students are learning.  There are also wonderful online resources for students to practice the skills and find videos explaining the concepts and skills we are learning.  Our class will be using the online quick checks and topic assessments at the end of each unit.

Parents can check students results online by having your child sign on to Pearson Realize Math through the student portal and going to the completed assignments folder to see tests results.  Parents and students can also view the actual questions and analyze the answers given for mistakes and misconceptions.

The Common Core State Standards focus on two things: WHAT do students need to know about math and HOW are students able to apply and extend math principles.

In addition our district developed “Concepts” are aligned to Common Core Standard and borrows from other curriculums that we may use in class:
New York units
Georgia units



Please help your child MEMORIZE multiplication/division facts. Practice addition and subtraction facts.

Math Games and Math Cards:
Playing math games can give your child a chance to practice math skills in a way that is enjoyable and different. And all you need is a regular deck of cards that we can turn into “math cards.” With this set of “math cards” we can generate numbers randomly, so our games can be played over and over. I hope that you will play the games often at home and have fun while practicing math.

-Gingerlily Lowe

You will need one regular deck of playing cards-which includes 54 cards (52 regular cards plus 2 jokers), or you can make a deck out of index cards. When we are finished our math card deck will have 4 cards each for the numbers from 0-10 and 1 card each of the numbers from 11-20.

To create a deck of math cards, use a regular deck and first pull out all the cards that already have a number from 2-10.

Next, use a permanent marker to mark the cards in the following way:

  • Mark the 4 aces with the number 1
  • Mark the 4 queens with the number 0
  • Mark the 4 jacks and the 4 kings with the number 11 through 18
  • Mark the 2 jokers with the number 19 and 20.

Now you are ready to play some math games!


Now Try Some Math Games:
(Students will have a packet with instructions.  I’ve added some links here to help explain how to play the games even more.  They come from all over, and there are plenty more available sites on the web if you want to do a little search.)

Name that Number: Students practice using different expressions (x / + -) to name a target number.

Number Top It –Place Value: Students practice place value by making the largest number. This game is like “High Rollers”  that we have played with dice in our class.  Try these sites for more directions: 

Youtube link for Number Top It Place Value click here

Number Top It –Decimals: Students practice comparing and ordering decimal numbers.

Product Pile Up: (scroll down to page 17 on this PDF link to see instructions for Product Pile UP)  Students practice multiplication facts and comparing skills as they compare products to win the pile of cards.

Subtraction Target Practice: Students practice subtraction skills trying to get as close to 0 as possible.

Top It Games: Students practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

Multiplication Wars: Students practice their multiplication facts by using 2 number cards to play the card game “War.”

These games are part of the Chicago Everyday Math program, although you can find similar math games under other titles.  All these options and many more are available to build math skills and fluency.  Have fun!

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