Everyday Math

Everyday Mathematics has been thoroughly field tested and is developmentally appropriate for all children and pedagogically appropriate for all teachers.
"Everyday Mathematics is the elementary component of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP); a long-term project designed to improve mathematics at all grade levels. UCSMP believes that most students are capable of a much greater understanding and proficiency in mathematics than has traditionally been expected, especially if richer mathematical experiences begin the primary grades.

The Everyday Mathematics curriculum is developed with the belief that people rarely learn a new concept or a skill the first time they experience it. Concepts are more fully understood only after repeated and varied experiences. The revisiting of mathematical concepts can best be illustrated with a spiral. The spiral allows important concepts and skills to frequently recur with variations throughout the curriculum. Each grade level builds on and extends concepts understanding so that children approach each new challenge from a firmly established foundation. This gives the child many opportunities to grasp an idea in slightly different contexts when developmentally ready to do so.

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Math Facts Practice

There are many great ways you can help your child develop their math fact power at home. Math facts are practiced on a daily basis in class, first focusing on accuracy, and then on speed.

Improved math fact power enhances your child’s ability to accurately solve problems, allowing them to focus their attention on the application of new concepts and mathematical procedures. Daily practice is a critical part of mastering this skill, and 5-15 minutes spent at home on a daily basis will help your child meet the grade level expectations for all areas in the Everyday Math program.

Flash Cards:
You can buy flash cards at any educational store or make your own using index cards of any size. The trick is to write the question on one side and the answer on the other. As you play, have your child focus on accuracy, then on speed. They can make a pile of the facts they know very well, and a pile of facts that need more practice. Watch as that pile shrinks with repeated practice! Your child’s Fact Triangles from school can be used instead of flash cards.

The Bizz Game:
This oral counting game helps students practice multiples of numbers (ex: a multiple of 3…) Announce the multiple by which you will both count, but you both must say “Bizz” instead of the multiple of that number. If you choose 3 as the Bizz number, this is what your counting will sound like; “1,2,bizz,4,5,bizz,7,8, bizz..” See how high you can get! You can also make the game more challenging by adding a second number and calling it ‘Buzz’. For example, if Bizz is for multiples of 3, and buzz is for multiples of 5, your counting should sound like this; “1,2,bizz,4,buzz,bizz,7,8,bizz,buzz,11…”

Using Household Items:
Dice also offer great facts practice opportunities. Try rolling the dice and having your child add, subtract, or multiply the numbers. Try playing with 3 dice to work with 2-digit numbers.

Playing cards are also a great way to practice facts. Try taking 2 cards and asking your child to add, subtract, or multiply the numbers. Pull more than one card and you will be able to work with 2-digit numbers as well.

Online Resources for Math Facts

These are some excellent on-line options for encouraging your kids to practice their math facts. We suggest that you set the game up for your child and show them how to start.

If timed tests motivate your child, these web sites might be right up their alley. It includes the opportunity to select a level, the type of operation (add, subtract, multiply, divide), and allows them to work against a clock while also checking for accuracy.

This web site is organized by grade level and also by skill. At the top of the page for each skill is an icon called PLAY. The site prompts the child with a question and the child presses on the correct answer. The game can be timed, and the best scores calculated.

This web site has loads of practice opportunities, with the chance for kids to select the level of difficulty at which they want to practice their skills.

Family Letters

ASFM and Everyday Math believe in the value of parental involvement in enhancing student learning.

The communication of understanding is one of the goals of the Everyday Math program, and in order to facilitate math dialogue at home, the EDM website has posted the Family Letters for each unit for each grade. EDM maintains that there are many ways to solve a problem in math; these letters will help explain some of the strategies and concepts your child is exploring in class. We suggest that you read the Family Letter pertaining to the unit your child is currently studying in order to better understand the learning goals of the unit. The Family Letter also makes an excellent reference for parents, providing some interesting tips and suggestions for reviewing material.

Frequently Asked Questions / Preguntas Frecuentes

Will my child learn and practice basic facts?
¿Aprenderá y practicará mi hija las operaciones básicas?

Your child will learn and practice all of the basic facts in many different ways without having to complete an overwhelming number of drill pages. She will play mathematics games in which numbers are generated randomly by dice, dominoes, spinners or cards. She will work with Fact Triangles, which present fact families and stress the addition/ subtraction and multiplication/division relationships. In fourth grade, she will take timed "50-facts" multiplication tests that will require her to learn the facts she doesn't already know. She will have continuing access to Addition/Subtraction and Multiplication/Division Fact Tables that will serve both as references for the facts she does not yet know and as records of the facts she does. She will take part in short, oral drills to review facts with her classmates during transitional moments throughout the day.

The Otter Creek Math Facts Program is also a large part of our math program. This program occurs in grades 1-5 three times each week. Students work at individual levels to practice their facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This is a timed test lasting one minute. Students develop personal goals for their working level in order to continue to improve and achieve automaticity with their math facts. Support with oral practice and both in school and at home is necessary for students to progress in this program.

Su niña aprenderá y practicará todas las operaciones básicas de diferentes maneras, sin hacer una cantidad abrumadora de ejercicios. Ella jugará juegos matemáticos en los cuales los números serán generados al azar por dados, fichas de domino, discos giratorios o cartas. Trabajará con triángulos de operaciones que presentan familias de números y enfatizan las relaciones de suma/resta y multiplicación/división. En cuarto grado tendrá que resolver una prueba cronometrada con "50 problemas" de multiplicación, lo que demandará aprender operaciones que todavía no sabe. Podrá utilizar las tablas de suma/resta y multiplicación/división, que le servirán de referencias de las operaciones que todavía no sabe y como récord de las que ya sabe. Participará en ejercicios cortos y orales para repasar las operaciones con sus compañeros en momentos libres. Además, hay muchas otras actividades y rutinas que ayudaran a su niña a ampliar y a reforzar su conocimiento de las operaciones básicas durante el año.

Does my child have opportunities to learn, develop, and practice computing skills?¿Tiene mi hijo oportunidades de aprender, desarrollar y practicar destrezas en cómputo?

Your child gains the fact knowledge he needs for computation from basic facts practice. He solves problems in a meaningful way through number stories about real-life situations that require him to understand the need for computation, which operations to use, and how to use those operations. He often has the opportunity to develop and explain his own strategies for solving problems through algorithm invention. He practices mental arithmetic during Minute Math or 5-Minute Math. He also performs activities that encourage him to round or estimate numbers mentally.
Su niño obtiene el conocimiento básico para el computo, al practicar las operaciones básicas. Resuelve problemas a través de historias de números relacionadas con situaciones de la vida real. Estas exigen entender la necesidad del calculo, que operaciones usar y como usarlas. A menudo tiene la oportunidad de desarrollar y explicar sus propias estrategias para resolver problemas con la invención de algoritmos. El practica aritmética mental durante el Minuto matemático o los cinco Minutos matemáticos. Además realiza actividades que lo alientan a calcular números mentalmente.

What exactly is algorithm invention? Why is it important for my child to invent her own?¿En qué consiste la invención de algoritmos? ¿Por qué es importante que mi hija invente el suyo?

Algorithm invention means that your child creates and shares her own problem-solving methods instead of simply learning a set of prescribed standard algorithms. In other words she becomes an active participant in developing computational strategies. After the students have had plenty of opportunities to invent computational strategies, the teacher may discuss certain standard algorithms. There is no harm in giving a student a reliable algorithm if she becomes frustrated or resists the challenge of creating her own strategies. However, given a choice, most students do tend to prefer their own procedures. As your child invents her own algorithms, she begins to realize that she can solve a given problem in more than one way. She then becomes a motivated and independent problem-solver who is able to take risks, think logically, reason, and create.
Inventar algoritmos quiere decir que su hija crea y compare métodos de resolver problemas en lugar de aprender un conjunto de algunos algoritmos convencionales prescritos. Así, participa desarrollando estrategias de computo. Después que los estudiantes han tenido varias oportunidades de inventar estrategias de computo, el profesor puede hablar de algoritmos convencionales. No hay ningún perjuicio si se brinda a un estudiante un algoritmo conocido en caso de que se frustre o se resista a inventar uno. Dada la oportunidad de elegir, la mayoría de los estudiantes prefiere sus propios procedimientos. Conforme su hija inventa algoritmos, se da cuenta que puede resolver un problema en mas de una manera. Así, se convierte en una solucionadora de problemas motivada e independiente, capaz de enfrentar riesgos, pensar lógicamente, razonar y crear.

Why does my child have to move on to the next lesson if he hasn't mastered skills in the current lesson?
¿Por qué mi niño tiene que avanzar a la siguiente lección cuando todavía no domina la lección actual?

Mastery varies with each child and depends on his learning style and problem-solving style. Because people rarely master a new concept or skill after only one exposure, the program has a "spiral" design that informally introduces topics for two years before formal study. The "spiral" approach offers both consistent follow-up and a variety of experiences. If your child does not master a topic the first time it is introduced, he will have the opportunity to increase his understanding the next time it is presented. Your child will regularly review and practice new concepts by playing content-specific games and by completing written exercises and assessments.
El dominio varia según cada niño y depende de su aprendizaje y del modo de resolver problemas. La gente raramente domina un concepto nuevo o destreza después del primer contacto con el mismo. El programa fue diseñado como "espiral" para introducir temas durante los dos años que preceden a su estudio formal. Esta técnica ofrece un seguimiento consistente y una variedad de experiencias. Si su niño no domina un tema la primera vez que se presenta, tendrá la oportunidad de ampliar su entendimiento la próxima vez que el tema aparezca. Con frecuencia su niño repasará y practicará nuevos conceptos, desarrollando juegos de contenido especifico y completando ejercicios escritos y evaluaciones.

Everyday Mathematics seems too difficult for my child. Will she be able to succeed in the program? How can the program address her individual needs?
Matemáticas Diarias parece un programa muy difícil para mi hija. ¿Será capaz de sobresalir? ¿Cómo puede el programa hacerse cargo de sus necesidades individuales?

If your child is having difficulty, continue to expose her to the program and give her a chance to meet the high expectations it is based on. Everyday Mathematics has many open-ended activities that will allow your child to succeed at her current skill level. While playing games, inventing algorithms, writing number stories, and solving problems in Minute Math and Math Boxes exercises, your child will develop her strengths and improve in the weak areas. Rest assured that she will receive repeated exposures to all concepts throughout the program. Furthermore, your child's teacher may group students to best suit their needs. For example, your child may be part of a small group working directly with the teacher or she may be paired with another student. The teacher may also modify or adjust program material according to student needs.

Si una niña tiene dificultades, siga orientándole y ofrézcale la oportunidad de cumplir con las altas expectativas en que esta basado el programa Matemáticas diarias tiene muchas actividades indefinidas que permitirán a su niña sobresalir con su nivel actual de actividades. Su niña desarrollará su potencialidad y mejorará en las áreas en que su conocimiento sea débil a través de juegos, inventando algoritmos, escribiendo historias de números, resolviendo los problemas de Minuto matemático o las cajas matemáticas. Ella recibirá repetidas exposiciones de los conceptos a lo largo del programa. Además, el profesor puede agrupar a los estudiantes para responder mejor a sus necesidades. Por ejemplo, su niña podría ser parte de un grupo que trabaje directamente con el profesor o con otro estudiante. El profesor modificará el programa las necesidades de los estudiantes.

Why does my child play games in class?
¿Por qué mi niño se dedica a juegos en clase?

Everyday Mathematics games reinforce mathematics concepts in a valuable and enjoyable way they are designed to help your child practice his basic facts and computation skills and develop increasingly sophisticated solution strategies. These games also lay the foundation for learning increasingly difficult concepts. Certain games give your child experience using a calculator while others emphasize the relationship between the money system and place value or require your child to practice mental calculations. Your child may play Everyday Mathematics games at home from time to time. Spend some time learning the games and you will understand how much they contribute to your child's mathematics progress.
Los juegos de Matemáticas diarias refuerzan los conceptos matemáticos de una manera valiosa y agradable. Están diseñados para ayudar a su niño a practicar sus operaciones básicas y sus habilidades en computo, al tiempo que desarrollan sofisticadas estrategias de solución. Estos juegos sientan la base para el aprendizaje de conceptos cada vez mas complejos. Ciertos juegos brindan la oportunidad de usar una calculadora mientras que otros enfatizan la relación entre el sistema monetario y el valor posicional o exigen que su niño emprenda practicas de calculo mental. De vez en cuando su niño puede jugar los juegos de Matemáticas diarias en casa. Juegue estos juegos y comprenderá el progreso matemático de su niño.

How do you measure my child's progress? What can you show me that demonstrates what he has learned?
¿Cómo evalúan el progreso de mi niño? ¿Cómo pueden demostrarme que ha aprendido?

Everyday Mathematics teachers assess understanding periodically and on an ongoing basis. Teachers frequently make detailed written observations of students' progress as they watch students working on Math Boxes or slate activities. They also evaluate students' Minute Math responses, the interactions during group work or games, and their written responses to Math messages. Teachers also use unit review and assessment pages to evaluate individual student progress. Instead of sending home traditional grade reports for mathematics, the teachers may show you a rubric, a framework for tracking your child's progress. The rubric may be divided into categories describing different skill levels, such as Beginning, Developing, and Secure. Using these categories, the teacher indicates your child's skill in and understanding a particular mathematical topic. The teacher can use this record of progress to decide which areas need further review and whether certain students need additional help or challenge.
Los profesores de Matemáticas diarias evalúan la comprensión periódicamente según el curso de la enseñanza. Los profesores escriben observaciones detalladas del progreso de los estudiantes conforme los observan trabajando en Cajas matemáticas o en las actividades de pizarrón. Además evalúan las respuestas de los estudiantes en el Minuto matemático, las interacciones durante el trabajo en grupo o los juegos y sus respuestas escritas a los Mensajes matemáticos. Los profesores usan, además, la unidad de repaso y las paginas de evaluación para medir el progreso individual del estudiante. En lugar de enviar a casa los tradicionales reportes de calificaciones en matemáticas, el profesor le mostrará una gráfica que muestre el progreso de su niño. Este se dividirá en categorías que describan diferentes niveles de destreza, como Comenzando, Desarrollando y Seguro. Empleando estas categorías, el profesor indicará la destreza y el entendimiento de su niño de un tema matemático en particular. El profesor usará el registro de su progreso para decidir que esas áreas necesitan mas repaso o si alguien necesita ayuda adicional o retos.

Why is my child using a calculator? Will he become dependent on the calculator for solving problems?
¿Por qué mi hijo usa calculadoras? ¿Se volverá dependiente de ellas para resolver el problema?

Your child uses a calculator to learn concepts, recognize patterns, develop estimation skills, and explore problem solving. He learns when a calculator can help solve problems beyond his current paper-and-pencil capabilities. On the other hand, he also learns that in some situations, he can rely on his own problem-solving power to get an answer more quickly. Your child also uses basic facts and operations knowledge and estimation skills to determine whether the calculator's solution is reasonable. He becomes comfortable with the calculator as one technological tool.
Su niño usa calculadoras para aprender conceptos, reconocer patrones, desarrollar habilidades de calculo y explorar respuestas a problemas. El aprende cuando la calculadora ayuda a resolver problemas que están mas allá de ser resueltos con papel y lápiz. Su niño aprende que, a veces, puede confiar en su capacidad de resolver problemas para lograr una respuesta mas rápidamente. Su niño usa, además, conocimiento de operaciones básicas y destrezas de calculo, para determinar si la solución de la calculadora es razonable. El se siente bien con la calculadora al usarla como herramienta tecnológica.

How do you help your class prepare for standardized tests?
¿Cómo ayudan a los estudiantes en su preparación para los exámenes estandarizados?

Everyday Mathematics teachers help students prepare for standardized mathematics tests by giving timed tests more frequently and by spending more time on the Everyday Mathematics games that reinforce basic facts. Teachers also review test-taking strategies, such as looking for reasonableness in an answer. Teachers may also include problems in Math Boxes that require students to use these strategies.
Los profesores de Matemáticas diarias ayudan a los estudiantes en su preparación para los exámenes estandarizados dando pruebas cronometradas mas frecuentemente e invirtiendo mas tiempo en los juegos de Matemáticas diarias que apoyan las operaciones básicas. Los profesores también pasan estrategias de resolución de exámenes. Las Cajas matemáticas exigen a los estudiantes el empleo de estas mismas estrategias.

How can I get involved / how can I reinforce my child's mathematics learning at home?¿Cómo puedo participar? ¿Cómo puedo reforzar el aprendizaje matemático de mi niño en casa?

Communicate with your child's teacher on a regular basis. If possible, volunteer to help with Explorations or Projects or observe a mathematics lesson. Attend school functions, such as Math Night, planned to inform you about Everyday Mathematics and your child's progress. At home, talk with your child about real-life situations that involve mathematics, such as buying groceries or balancing the checkbook. Ask your child to "teach" you the mathematics lesson he is learning, including favorite games and creative solution strategies.
Comuníquese con el profesor a menudo. Participe como voluntario para ayudar en Exploraciones o Proyectos o para observar una lección matemática. Asista a las funciones que de la escuela, como la Noche de matemática, en la que informan sobre Matemáticas diarias y el progreso de su niño. En casa, hable con su hijo sobre situaciones de la vida real que tienen que ver con las matemáticas: el comprar la comida o revisar el saldo de la chequera. Pídale a su niño que le "enseñe" la lección matemática que esta aprendiendo, incluidos los juegos favoritos y las estrategias de solución.

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Sample Lessons

Here you will find a sample Everyday Mathematics lesson from each grade level, complete with Home Links or Study Links. (Home Links and Study Links are assignments sent home with students.)

Source: Everyday Mathematics - The University of Chicago

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About Everyday Mathematics

Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive Pre-K through grade 6 mathematics program developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and published by McGraw-Hill Education. Every year in the US, about 220,000 classrooms are using Everyday Mathematics.

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Source: Everyday Mathematics - The University of Chicago

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