This has been a crazy beginning of the year for me. That is why you have not seen a blog post until now. After three different teaching assignments and moving schools twice, I am finally settling in to a half time Title I Reading and Math Support position at Hogan Cedars Elementary in the Gresham Barlow School District. The math support part of my position will be to work with second graders again this year. I am looking forward to sharing with you some of the amazing problem solving these young students are capable of doing.
Currently one of my second grade groups is working to develop number sense and another group’s lessons are centered on addition and subtraction strategy concepts. Both groups are focusing on “fiveness” right now. Counting by fives and looking for patterns, connecting skip counting by fives to the number of fingers as they perform a High Five Chant, decomposing numbers into fives and some more, are just some of the ways the number sense group’s students are utilizing their understanding of five to decompose numbers.