Day 17 (Day 2 Week 4) Learning from home: We are teaching and they are learning – Let’s talk about math

Are students all over the world going to be prepared for the next level? Families and teachers are working together to meet this goal.

As you know, math is one of our “things” at Trinity School. We are good at it. We are intentional about high-quality math instruction aimed at deep numeracy and flexibility.

Below, I’m sharing one day’s worth of math from Early Learners through Sixth Grade. Each day has intentionally planned lessons that target math content as well as mathematical practices.

Early Learners 

Find your 1-5 flap book from last week. Make an additional flap book with the numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 written under the flaps and add these 6-10 subitizing cards to the cards you made last week.

You can print these cards or copy the cards’ subitizing patterns and make your own.  It’s important when making your own that the dots are big enough for your child to touch each one as they count.

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      1. Parents make the flap book
      2. Combine the subitizing cards from last week (1-5) with the new subitizing cards (6-10) (copied or drawn). Turn the cards face down. 
      3. Ask your child to flip over a card and count (or “just know” with smaller amounts) how many in all.
      4. Ask which flap would be hiding that number under it. 
        • Your child might “just know” where the number will be.
        • Your child might know that the 5 was that flap so the 6 would be in the next space.
        • Your child might count from left to right by ones before choosing the flap.
      5. Raise the flap to double-check. You could ask, “Were you right?”
      6. Pick another card and determine where the number that tells how many will be hiding.

This game supports the counting order, thinking about a number line, and that amounts of objects can look different ways.  Subitizing is “just knowing” what the quantity is without having to count it.


Choral Counting: We have a new choral count this week!  Have your child watch this Week 4 Video with a Pre-K teacher reviewing observations from last week’s choral counting and introducing the new formation to try at home this week.  

Remember: After watching the video, repeat the routine at home by counting together as you write  the same number formation we introduce in the image shown here.

Then, all you have to do is ask, “What do you notice?” and record their answers (example below). Try to incorporate some of our new vocabulary including “digits” and “columns” in your discussion this week.  In this routine, all answers are encouraged and celebrated and can range from the simplest to most intricate of observations.
Want to try from the beginning?  Try starting with our First Choral Counting video (linked here) from Week 3.

For more information about Choral Counting, watch this parent tutorial video created by Jill Gough (Director of Teaching and Learning).


Make your own Tangram set.  Watch this video of Miss Caroline teaching you how to make your own set.

Then, solve these fish tangram puzzles. I wonder if you can create your own fish!

 Last, in Seesaw, please upload a picture of one of the tangram fish puzzles you solved and tell your teachers about it using your shape vocabulary.

First Grade

Second Grade

Problem Solving – 3 Act Task:
(modified from @GFletchy’s Downsizing Tomatoes)

        • Watch the videos below and follow the directions from Miss Leonard. 
        • You need to watch them one at a time and in order.
        • Use this recording sheet to show your work. 
        • After Act 1 and Act 2, you will answer the corresponding questions on the recording sheet.

Act 1:

Act 2:

        • Do not watch Act 3 until you are ready to see the answer!

Act 3:

Dreambox 10 – 20 minutes or complete this math challenge.

Parents, if you need an answer key, click here.

Additional Math Resources for the week:
If you need a review of an addition or subtraction strategy, click on the links below. There are recordings of sample problems being solved using different strategies that will help if you need a review or if you are feeling stuck.

Extra Math Choices for the Week: 

Third Grade

        • Seesaw Activity for Mrs. Coote: “3rd Grade: Always, Sometimes Never- Multiply by 12”

          • **A Note from Mrs. Coote: Students, be on the lookout for a comment on your post from Mrs. Coote once it is approved in Seesaw.

          • Fluency Practice: Set a timer for 10 minutes. Click on Meteor Multiplication and practice your multiplication facts.

          • Watch the BrainPop video about Elapsed Time.

          • In the “For Extended Closure” side of your virtual learning folder, you have Topic 14 math workbook pages. Get out Lesson 14.2 and complete numbers 4-7 on page 747 and numbers 1-6 on pages 749. When you are finished, keep these completed pages in your folder.

          • (Optional) Challenge Questions: In Lesson 14.2, complete numbers 10, 11, and 13 on page 748 and numbers 9, 10, 11, and 12 on page 750.

Fourth Grade

Warm Up: Math Puzzle

Step 1: Math Lesson: Introduction to comparing decimals

Step 2: Comparing Decimals in everyday life!

Step 3: Comparing Decimals Practice

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Complete SeeSaw activity – Distinguishing Between Surface Area and Volume

Complete SeeSaw activity – Wrapping a building

We are teaching and they are learning.


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