Critical Math Content to Improve Understanding & Performance

Kim’s fun class gives K-5 teachers powerful math content instruction and comprehension that will effectively improve students’ understanding and testing in a standards-based math classroom. This class addresses the content of all standards and uses brain-based research to teach the content in five emphasis areas­—properties of numbers, access to basic facts, properties of shapes, attributes of objects and proportional reasoning. Kim Sutton will model strategies that give elementary students a strong foundation for algebraic thinking and her literature-based lessons will be used to show real world connections. The use of poems and music will give teachers wonderful tools to improve the level of performance within their classroom. A critical key for student performance is access to basic facts. Participants will experience Kim Sutton’s motivational strategies for the basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Kim will also focus on instruction in properties of numbers which include even and odd attributes, multiples, factors, digital roots for divisibility rules, place value properties, rounding of numbers, and number use in the real world. Kim is very excited about this class and has created many ideas, games, songs, stories, and “hands-on” activities that are guaranteed to help you improve your mathematics instruction.

What You Will Learn:

  • Build new mathematical knowledge through five areas of emphasis—properties of numbers, access to basic facts, properties of shapes, attributes of objects, and proportional reasoning.
  • Learn brain-based research and techniques for teaching critical mathematical content.
  • Explore titles of powerful children’s literature that model critical thinking strategies.
  • Experience new and classic management “treasures” that assist in creating a visual connection to math content in the classroom.
  • Discover specific tools for mathematical content that are produced by elementary students through construction masters included in the course manual.
  • Learn the connection between proportional reasoning and all areas of mathematical content.
  • Teach students to know the properties of numbers and the properties of the operations.
  • Generate meaningful and intensive mathematics in the use of the classroom calendar.

2 Day Program Highlights:

  • Teaching Properties of Numbers–Exploring rounding numbers by making a rounding book.
  • Games and Activities for Properties of Numbers using Place Value Dice, Hundred’s Chart, and a Number Board.
  • Creating Activities to Give Students Access to the Basic Facts of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.
  • Button and Pocket Math with the “classics” of literature to model sorting and classification by attributes.
  • Teaching Properties of Shapes through Stories, Songs and Dances.
  • Exploring Area and Perimeter with Meaning and Understanding.
  • Using the Classroom Calendar to intensify mathematical understanding.

Who Should Attend?

All K-5 Classroom Teachers, Elementary Math Teachers, Resource Specialists and Curriculum Coordinators should attend.

University Credit:

Credit from Humboldt State University is available for an additional charge. These credential/licensure courses offered are designed primarily for elective or professional development purposes. Clock hours may also be available – please check at the workshop.

What To Bring:

Scissors, marking pens, scotch tape, glue stick, stapler, hole punch and camera (optional).