Big Ideas Math emphasizes the depth of understanding through interactive lessons, research based instructional approaches, best practices from around the world, and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.

    In first grade math, students are introduced to several new math concepts, including addition and subtraction and number relationships. The NJ Student Learning Standards focus on four critical areas in first grade math:

    • Developing fluency and using addition and subtraction to solve problems

    • Understanding place value and whole number relationships

    • Measuring length

    • Composing and decomposing geometric shapes

          *The program emphasizes problem solving, data analysis, addition,
                subtraction, time, money, probability, graphing and measurement.
             *Children learn through hands on activities with the use of
                manipulatives as well as interactive lessons using the Smartboard.
                     *Math vocabulary will be taped into homework books before the start of each new unit for reinforcement.  
             *Homework sheets will go home each night to reinforce daily lessons through problem solving.
             *Formal assessments will be given at the end of each chapter to check   
                for understanding and knowledge of skills presented within the chapter.
             * As your child begins each new chapter, you will receive a "Family Involvement" letter/activity. 
                 Each of these activities provides instructional materials that enable you to reinforce new concepts
                introduced to your child.  These include a home activity that students may complete with family
                 members, practice of new concepts in the form of homework, and a concept-based
                 math game for family members to play together.

        Developing Number Sense
    It is important for children to have daily opportunities to work with numbers.  You will be amazed by the growth in their mathematical thinking, confidence, and enthusiasm about math. By helping your children develop number sense, especially in the context of problem solving, you are helping them believe in themselves as mathematicians:)  Here are a variety of ways your child will develop number sense within our classroom:  
         1. Number Of The Day
         2. Number Bonds
         3. Word Problems
         4.  Hundreds Board Activities
            5. Math Centers