Math Overview

From Ms. Major:


This year we are using Bridges in Mathematics, a K–5 math program that will help us meet the new standards and make math meaningful and exciting. In fifth grade, students focus on computing with fractions, dividing with larger numbers, calculating with decimal numbers, and finding the volume of rectangular prisms.


Throughout the year our students will:

  • Add, subtract, and multiply fractions

  • Divide unit fractions by whole numbers

  • Divide whole numbers by unit fractions

  • Calculate with decimal numbers

  • Find the volume of rectangular prisms (boxlike shapes)

When you are helping your child, the math might sometimes seem unfamiliar or different than you remember, but there are many ways you can help!

  • Invite your child to talk about the math by asking questions like, “Did you do a problem like this at school? How did you think about it?”

  • Focus on the pictures. Bridges uses visual models to make the mathematics accessible to all learners. Talking about the pictures is a great way to get started. Ask questions like, “What do you notice about this picture? Where do you see the numbers in this picture? Can we use the picture to help solve the problem?”

By being open to learning and talking with your child, you can help your child develop strong skills and a love of math.


Info about Math Homework

*Homework will be given a few times each week Monday - Thursday.

*Homework is not given over weekends or holidays.

*If you are absent on the day you were supposed to turn in homework, you should turn in your homework the next day that you attend class.

*If you are absent on the day when homework is assigned, you will be excused from homework OR you can visit this homework site to see what you missed.

*Please spend around 30 minutes on your homework. If you have questions or are unable to finish a problem, circle it, and ask for help in class so you can clear up any problems.


Student Responsibility/Ownership of Learning:

By doing math homework and sharing ideas/asking questions in class, your student learns responsibility, how to manage time afterschool, takes ownership of learning and becomes an advocate for their learning.

Homework is review of skills in class so if your student is unable to complete any problems, it is his/her responsibility to speak up in class or privately see me to ask for clarification. If your student is struggling and unable to finish a problem/an assignment, leave the problem blank but help your student formulate a question to ask the next day, a meaningful question that addresses their lack of understanding. "I don't get it" doesn't count as a thoughtful question. Students that are unable to finish the work but ask for help are given full credit on the assignment. Students that simply don't do the work are not given credit.