# First Class Maths – Useful Websites

First class have asked me for some useful websites

so that they can practise their maths at home, so here we are:

A very popular game for practising addition

and take away tables is called ‘The Balloon Game’.

Click on this link to find it.

Photo Credit: darwin Bell via Compfight

Another one the children enjoy that helps them

with their learning is

It is also useful for practising addition and subtraction.

Add Like Mad and its sister site Subtraction Action

are like gymnastics for the brain.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

have a number of videos online

to help parents help their child with maths.

Scroll down to view them here.

First and Second class is a window of opportunity

for learning tables.

Knowing one’s tables is a skill which one will call upon

through out one’s life.

Read about the importance of tables here.

You can find other maths websites for students from 1st-6th class here.

# Supplementary Homework in Maths

Here are a dozen links to Maths Activities

that you might like to try:

Many of these games were sourced from

Maths Primary National Strategy – Maths Activities

This is easy; practising ‘counting on’ with

Online ‘Snakes and Ladders’

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As an alternative to the

you can practice addition tables on Circus Climber

This activity teaches about Data

These are more challenging:

Practising computation with

Swimming Lengths

Long Jump

Measurement;

Reading measure with Javelin Throwing

Measuring angles;

estimating or using an online protractor with Sailing

Practicing Addition using ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathionaire?’

This is a more challenging game;

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Like the game Mastermind this is an online game

called Code Breaker

# My child is not getting enough homework. What should I do?

Those of you with older children know

how the amount of homework

will build up over their years at school,

but if you feel your child

needs more of a challenge,

here are some suggestions:

1. If you haven’t already, join the local library

and visit it weekly.

2. On this blog click on the link for ‘Educational Websites’

at the top of the page.

3. Try games such as scrabble, draughts, chess,

Monopoly and card games

4. Perhaps start an ‘extra work’ copybook.

I would be very interested any extra work done

and if your child brings these in will correct them.

In this copy you could try some of the following:

5. Write a book review or a film review.

What was it? What happened in it?

Was it enjoyable?

What mark would you give it out of 10? Why?

6. Make a bookmark for your favourite book

or the most recent book that you have read.

7. Make a card or write a letter

to a family member or friend.

8. Beginning with the letter ‘A”

list in alphabetical order

as many names you can think of.

(Other lists can include: places, animals, foods, sports,

past times, jobs people have, things you would find in school,

in the kitchen etc.)

9. Write a story or poem.

10. Compose tune. Write the words to this song.

11. Write down all the things you are good at.

12. Describe how to play your favourite sport.

13. Write down 5 facts about something that interests you.

14. Listen to some music and draw what you see.

15. List as many adjectives or describing words that

you can think of to describe yourself

16. Describe yourself for an alien.

17. Who is the person you would most like to meet?

What would you like to ask this person?

18. Design a useful invention.

19. Draw yourself as a cartoon character.

20. Make up to quiz questions you know the answer to

and write them down.

Bring them into school and we will have a quiz.

21. List all the verbs (doing/action activities) you will do today.

22. Paint how you are feeling using colours.

23. What would you do with 3 wishes?

24. Invent your own super hero. Describe and illustrate.

If none of these appeal to you,

read or

read or ….

then again

…. read  🙂

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Finally; some food for thought:

The following link tells the story of a school

that abolished homework and had the children read instead!

The School That Abolished Homework … and asked children TO READ instead.

It would seem to have had a positive effect.

# Just a quick note about spelling for homework

Dear Parent,

1. First Teacher Pre Tests

We are starting with the Dolch List

of most frequently used words.

I am pretesting the children,

so that time is not taken up with spellings they already know.

I have stapled the Dolch List

into the Spelling/Free Writing copy.

I am also sending home an enlarged copy

of  list of the Dolch List  home.

You might find it useful to pop it up on a wall

somewhere at home.

Dolch List

I would suggest that the class levels at the top of this page

e.g. Pre Primer/2nd Grade are certainly American

and probably date back to the last century

when it was compiled by Dolch himself.

I don’t think it has any relevance to us.

2. Then she highlights the ones that need to be learnt

I have marked the misspellings from the pretests

on the photocopied page with a yellow highlighter.

I would like your child to learn five a night.

When they know them I would like them

to put them in sentences.

3. Then the children learn them

Understandably children often ask me

can they put their five spellings in just one sentence.

I would prefer them to write five sentences.

One sentence for each spelling helps practice punctuation

i.e. remembering that sentences begin with capital letters

and end in a full stop.

Also putting five random words in one sentence

can result in some very random sentences.

I would like the children to work

on the quality of the sentences they write

when they are practicing their spellings

and so avoid very simple sentences

like ‘I am funny,’ ’Where am I?’ or  ‘I am here’.

A post about developing the quality

of these sentences will follow shortly.

When a child completes the Dolch List

they can do ‘free writing’ at this time instead,

for a period of time.

Reading the ‘free writing’

will be a good starting point for me

for establishing words

that are frequently spelled incorrectly.

These are the words that we will work

on when we have finished working on the Dolch List.

Spelling Homework in a nutshell:

Learn five of the highlighted spellings a night.

Use the approach to learning spelling

that you were taught last year

i.e. Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check.

When you are confident that you know the five spellings

write five sentences using each one.

Remember capital letters and full stops.

Good penmanship and presentation is also important.

Other homework this week:

The other homework this week is Mental Maths as marked

and reading one comprehension piece from

‘A Way With Words’

Further information:

Scroll down this link for additional information

about a year’s plan for spelling here:

Class Plan for Learning Spelling 2012

When planning for spelling this year

I came across this very helpful blog:

Johanna Stirling’s ‘The Spelling Blog’

Thanking you, Teacher

And to finish:

a quote from Terry Pratchett:

“Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’,

but didn’t know how you stopped.”

– Terry Pratchett, ‘Witches Abroad’

I found spellings hard at school and remember the feeling well 🙂

# Homework Policy

Dear Parent,

Homework will begin on the Monday of the

first full week of September.

For homework this week your child has the following:

Mental Maths:  For this month only, each night

please do the corresponding sums

for that day of the week

from the Mental Maths textbook.

e.g. Tonight do the work for Monday.

To start with these sums are revision of 1st Class work.

Learning Spellings: will begin next Monday

For more information on the Plan for Learning Spelling

this year please check the following link:

Plan for Learning Spelling 2nd Class 2012

Reading: For this week only your child will bring home a book

from the class library to  read.

The Plan for Reading this year is here:

Reading Plan for 2nd Class, Room 6

At the end of homework each day,

your child should get into the habit of paring

three pencils for use in class the following day.

In doing this your child is taking some responsibility

for their own learning. Preparing for school the next day,

like this, is a valuable habit to get into.

The children will also write down the homework they get

in their new homework notebooks,

but this letter is a ‘back up’ just in case they forget to bring it home.

At the end of September I will add learning tables to this homework.

Paired Reading also begins at the end of September.

School Policy is that homework in Second should take 20-30 minutes.

This week is a gentle introduction to homework.

After this week if homework is taking significantly less time,

and the work is well done, neat and presentable

you could note this in the homework notebook for me to see.

There are details of  websites

and supplementary work that might be of interest on this blog.

For example:  Supplementary Maths

For more suggestions click on the keywords ‘Educational Websites’

on the right of this page.

If homework takes significantly more than

30 minutes uninterrupted work,

please ask your child to stop

and sign their homework notebook to this effect.

If your child attends Learning Support

I would ask you to prioritise the work

given by the Learning Support teacher

as that work is carefully chosen by the LS

for your child’s specific and individual needs.

For the time, being homework will be very predictable.

This helps develop the ‘homework habit’

but can also help your child become

more and more independent when doing their homework.

Ideally by the new year your child should be doing

their homework independently.

To read some practical advice about homework

click on this link: Homework

Good presentation and handwriting

is an important part of the homework given.

Thanking you for your support and co-operation,

Teacher

# If you wish to supplement homework given …

My priority this month is tables and reading and maintaining the ‘homework habit.’

Those of you with older children know how the amount of homework will build up over their years at school. However if you feel your child needs more of a challenge, here are some suggestions.

– If you haven’t already, join the local library and visit it weekly. Particularly in these recessionary times, the library is a wonderful service.

– On the internet kidsclick.com lists a wide range of sites. Click on
kids.org for games that help with maths and language

– Try games such as scrabble, draughts, chess, Monopoly, card games
– Here are some other ideas. I have tried to come up with a range of ideas that would address the different types of intelligences that individuals have.

1. Write a book review or a film review. What was it? What happened in it? Was it enjoyable? What mark would you give it out of 10? Why?
2. Make a bookmark.
3. Make a card or write a letter to a family member or friend.
4. Beginning with “A” list in alphabetical order as many names you can think of. (Other lists can include: places, animals, foods, sports, past times, jobs people have, things you would find in school, in the kitchen)
5. Write a story or poem.
6. Compose a tune. Write the words to the tune.
7. Write down all the things you are good at.
8. Describe how to play your favourite sport.
9. Write down 5 facts about something that interests you.
10. Listen to some music and draw what you see.
11. List as many adjectives you can think of to describe yourself
12. Describe yourself for an alien.
13. Who is the person you would most like to meet? What would you like to ask this person?
14. Design a useful invention.
15. Draw yourself as a cartoon character.
16. Make up 10 quiz questions you know the answer to and write them down. Bring them into school and we will have a quiz.
17. List all the verbs (doing/action activities) you will do today.
18. Paint how you are feeling using colours.
19. What would you do with 3 wishes?
20. Invent your own super hero. Describe and illustrate.

If your child does any of these and brings these in I would love to see them.

On this blog you can also find age appropriate educational websites that you and your child may find of interest. To access them put the keywords ‘Educational Websites’ in the search facility or follow this link
Websites to Supplement Homework

# Maths – Simple Computation: Addition & Subtraction in Second Class.

Maths – simple computation: addition/subtraction in Second Class

If you feel the need to supplement homework, these are some suggestions.

Learning simple computation (addition/subtraction tables to 10+10) really benefits the student in second class. Because when they go on to learn how to add tens and units with renaming they can concentrate on this new methodology because the addition and subtraction come easy to them.

We will be doing this in class. These websites may help you help your child.

The first  is an addition speed test.

http://www.mrmyers.org/Math_Mania/ttadd.html

http://www.ohio-distinctive.com/toybox/mathbarge/mathbarge.html

In preparation for adding tens and units with renaming, this game might be useful.

http://www.ictgames.com/sharknumbers.html

This is a good site for practicing number facts and computation:

TUTPUP.COM

Finally this site has games that practice addition and take aways at speed.

SKILL BUILDERS

Finally following a recent recommendation I will be using the following site in class.

Problem Solving with Thinking Blocks

The Thinking Blocks website teaches a visual strategy for problem solving.

Hope you find these helpful.

Teacher