At St. Brigid School, we use Harcourt math. I have organized my math program much like my guided reading program. Our math block lasts for 60 to 75 minutes each day. Students work in small groups and travel through three centers each day.
Lesson of the Day
The lesson of the day is small group instruction using manipulatives to teach the standards and skills included in our diocesan curriculum and taught through our Harcourt math program. The topics of instruction include:
- Addition and subtraction to 20
- Double-digit Addition
- Numeration to 100
- Data and Probability
Problem of the Day
This center is led by our first grade paraprofessional and includes a story problem which our parapro leads the children in solving step-by-step. Children must use creative thinking to solve the story problems.
This center also involves weekly timed addition tests. Children have two minutes to complete twenty-five addition problems. As children pass tests, they progress to more difficult addition problems. They may not proceed to the next test until they have correctly answered all of the problems.
Problem of the day also includes practice in creating and reading graphs, like our daily weather graph. Students record the weather each day and then create a graph of it at the end of the month. We save these graphs and compare each month at the end of the year. Below are some pictures of the process; click on images to enlarge them.
The basic facts center includes independent practice in the form of games, worksheets, and computer-aided practice. Two or three times a week this center may include partner or group games and activities which provide practice in the basic addition facts.
Special Math Projects
Over the course of the year, we integrate several special math projects which include data gathering and analysis. Each day we are counting the days of school which will lead us to our special 100th day of school project.