# Math Update

During our math time this week we continued to break apart larger numbers into smaller partners.  Specifically, we used whiteboards and markers, counters, stair steppers, and activities from our math workbook to visualize the partners, switch partners, and doubles partners for the numbers 8, 9, and 10.  Challenging your first grader to write and show each set of partners in a variety of ways has helped to increase their number sense and flexibility with these numbers.

We also continued to use our knowledge of partners and patterns to practice our addition (+0, +1, +2) and subtraction (-0, -1, -2) facts.  This week in particular, we practiced adding and subtracting doubles partners (1+1, 2-1, 2+2, 4-2, 3+3, 6-3, etc.), and discovered that a number minus itself equals 0 (8-8 = 0).  Next week, Tuesday or Wednesday, we will take our Unit 1 math assessment, and the following day we will pretest for Unit 2.

***Additionally, last Wednesday, all the Georgetown first graders took a computerized math assessment, which they will take three times this year, to help pinpoint specific math areas that need extra review.  The information from this assessment is essential in making sure that your child has all the support he or she needs to be right on grade level with their math skills.  If your child is struggling with a certain math concept or skill, I will be in touch to let you know of ways that we are working to strengthen these skills at school and to provide ideas for additional practice at home!***