Keith Griffin
Math Teacher, 1st & 2nd Grades

Inside the Classroom: 1st Grade

The City Academy mathematics department utilizes the Singapore Math curriculum, which allows our students to learn math in stages, beginning with concrete, moving next to pictorial and finally working in the abstract. At every grade level, students build number sense through a variety of classroom experiences. Teachers differentiate and individualize the curriculum for each student, cultivating independent thinkers and problem solvers. Through the use of hands-on projects, activities and a variety of real-world experiences, students are encouraged to appreciate the importance of mathematics in their lives and to gain confidence in their abilities as evolving mathematicians.

Enduring Understandings

  • There are many ways to represent a problem.
  • Measurement describes the attributes of objects and events.
  • Analyzing geometric relationships develops reasoning and justification skills.
  • Data can be collected, organized, and displayed in purposeful ways.
  • Patterns and relationships can be represented numerically, graphically, symbolically, and verbally providing insight into potential relationships.
  • Problem solving requires the ability to identify and understand the problem, articulate the problem, develop possible solutions and manage resources necessary to implement a solution.
  • The language of mathematics is communicated through specialized vocabulary and symbols used to represent and describe mathematical ideas, generalizations, and relationships.
  • Approaching mathematics with a curious mind encourages inquiry, exploration, discovery and the acquisition of knowledge that leads to understanding and the construction of meaning.

Mathematical Topics in First Grade Curriculum

  • Numbers 0 to 10
  • Counting
  • Number Bonds
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Position
  • Numbers to 20
  • Shapes
  • Length
  • Weight
  • Capacity
  • Comparing Numbers
  • Graphs
  • Numbers to 40
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Halves and Fourths
  • Time
  • Numbers to 100
  • Money

Weekly Homework: 1st Grade

*Please have your child review and practice math facts every night for at least 10 minutes.  Our new homework goal is subtraction with numbers to 20.  Peruse the helpful links below to find an app or system that works for your family.  Make sure your child fills out his/her Homework Log nightly!  They will always come home on Mondays and are due on Fridays.

*Please feel free to also review and have your child explain his/her school work that comes home daily!


Inside the Classroom: 2nd Grade

The City Academy mathematics department utilizes the Singapore Math curriculum, which allows our students to learn math in stages, beginning with concrete, moving next to pictorial and finally working in the abstract. At every grade level, students build number sense through a variety of classroom experiences. Teachers differentiate and individualize the curriculum for each student, cultivating independent thinkers and problem solvers. Through the use of hands-on projects, activities and a variety of real-world experiences, students are encouraged to appreciate the importance of mathematics in their lives and to gain confidence in their abilities as evolving mathematicians.

Enduring Understandings, Second Grade

  • There are many ways to represent a problem.
  • Measurement describes the attributes of objects and events.
  • Analyzing geometric relationships develops reasoning and justification skills.
  • Data can be collected, organized, and displayed in purposeful ways.
  • Patterns and relationships can be represented numerically, graphically, symbolically, and verbally providing insight into potential relationships.
  • Problem solving requires the ability to identify and understand the problem, articulate the problem, develop possible solutions and manage resources necessary to implement a solution.
  • The language of mathematics is communicated through specialized vocabulary and symbols used to represent and describe mathematical ideas, generalizations, and relationships.
  • Approaching mathematics with a curious mind encourages inquiry, exploration, discovery and the acquisition of knowledge that leads to understanding and the construction of meaning.

Mathematical Topics in Second Grade Curriculum

  • Numbers to 1000
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Length
  • Weight
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Multiplication and Division: 2 and 3
  • Addition and Subtraction, Mental Math Strategies
  • Multiplication and Division: 2, 5, and 10
  • Money
  • Fractions
  • Time
  • Capacity
  • Tables and Graphs
  • Geometry

Weekly Homework: 2nd Grade

*Please have your child review and practice math facts every night for at least 10 minutes.  Our new homework goal is double digit subtraction (with regrouping).  Peruse the helpful links below to find an app or system that works for your family.  Make sure your child fills out his/her Homework Log nightly!  They will always come home on Mondays and are due on Fridays.

*Please feel free to also review and have your child explain his/her school work that comes home daily!

 

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Helpful Links:

These are some awesome resources for you and your child to explore at home!

Overview of Singapore Math Curriculum
Websites and Games for Singapore Math
FAQ’s about Singapore Math

-Some good Printables!

Math Playground
Math Buddy Online

ABCya

Math IXL

-These are some of the the best Apps for Singapore Math!  Some are free and others range from $0.99 to $4.99.  These apps are either fact-based or content-based.

  • *Number Bond Memorizer
  • *Number Bonds: Addition & Subtraction to 99
  • *Thinking Blocks
  • *Xyla and Yabu
  • *Splash Math
  • *Visual Word Problems
  • *Practice Math with Robin and Dob
  • *XtraMath
  • Number Bonds Pro (Addition Facts)
  • Bonbon Number Bonds
  • Number Bonds to 10
  • Number Bonds to 100
  • Math Facts
  • Singapore Math, Bar Models App

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates

 

-Monday, March 18–Friday, March 29: Spring Break!  No school!

-Monday, April 1: Classes Resume; Quarter 4 Begins!

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Just for Fun 🙂

 

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Have a question about Math, 1st-2nd grades? Ask Mr. Griffin!

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