East End Community School uses Pearson’s enVision Common Core Edition as our math program. This is a rigorous and focused program that is based on The Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by The State of Maine.
What is enVision?
Envision was one of the first math programs written to meet the Common Core State Standards. It focuses on building strong foundational knowledge and number sense while moving students toward advanced mathematical thinking. Every lesson has visual learning, interactive learning, and independent practice. Envision spends a lot of time delving deeply into a concept; fewer topics are taught, but students develop a deeper understanding of math.
In Grades K, 1, and 2, students will develop a strong understanding of numbers (number sense and place value), master addition and subtraction facts, and will develop basic geometry skills.
In grades 3, 4, and 5, students will develop a strong understanding of mathematical properties, mathematical patterns, geometry, measurement with precision and purpose, analyzing and solving problems, and will develop a mastery of problem solving with fractions.
How do you know my child understands the material?
Envision has assessments embedded into every day’s work. There is a daily quick check, there is a topic test after each topic is complete, and there is a benchmark test after every four topics.
What does a lesson look like?
Every lesson starts with posing a problem to students who work collaboratively to solve the problem. Next, students see and discuss an animation that takes them through a problem. This sets the purpose for the day’s work. Students then work collaboratively on some interactive problems before moving into independent work. Finally, students are assessed on their learning for the day, and homework is assigned based on what each student needs to practice.
Is there homework?
There is extra work each day that students will need to complete to be successful in math. In the primary grades, time may be built in to the day to complete “homework.” In the intermediate grades, students will have homework Monday-Thursday. Students who complete their homework are proving to be significantly more successful on assessments.
The Common Core State Standards require students to develop fluency with their math facts in the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. FASTT Math is a computer-based program for students in grades 2-5 that helps students become fluent with their facts. Fact mastery goals are as follows: addition 0-9 by the end of second grade; subtraction 0-9 and multiplication 0-9 by the end of third grade; division 0-9 by the end of fourth grade. Fact fluency is critical for student's mathematical development.
Visit Portland Public Schools' website for acess to some fun FASTT Math games to help your child master mathematics. Here is how you can login:
- click on For Students
- click on Scholastic Applications
- click on FASTT Math
- click on Stretch
- enter Student ID and Password
Additional Math Resources
Visit K-2 Interactives for engaging, fun math games for children in grades K-2
Visit Mr. Nussbaum's website for learning fun related to a range of subjects from Math, History, Geography, Science and more!
PBS Kids-Math Games-PK-2
Visit pbskids.org/games/math/ for math games with your child's favorite PBS characters!
Visit Sheppard Software for hundreds of educational games.
Khan Academy - Math tutorials
Visit Khan Academy for free, well-regarded learning resources across a variety of subjects.
If you have questions about math at East End Community School, please feel free to contact Mr. Chard (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.