Math: Perfect Squares

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Third-grade students in John Klapp’s Challenge Class at Seltice Elementary have been hard at work on their “Wall of Squares.” Can you believe how far they’ve gotten? Some impressive collaboration!

Perfect Squares

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Introduction to Performance Tasks

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Interested in learning more about the upcoming S-BAC Performance Task? Check out this training module from Smarter Balanced!

Performance Task OverviewThis 11 minute training module walks classroom teachers and test administrators through the Performance Task portions of the S-BAC. The module explains in detail why Performance Tasks are a part of the new assessment, the components of each Performance Task, as well as how the Performance Task will be administered. The module also includes information about the  Classroom Activity portion of the assessment.

S-BAC has recently released Administration Guidelines for Teachers leading the Classroom Activity portion of the Performance Task and  sample Classroom Activities are also available for download. The actual Performance Task questions and Classroom Activities will vary by school. The Classroom Activity portion of the Performance Task is expected to be released Mid-March. jennifer-signature

Math: Resources for Checkout and Region 1 Quarterly Newsletter

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Have you checked out the Idaho Regional Math Centers Region 1 Quarterly Newsletter?


The newsletter is packed with ideas and resources for teachers! The Region 1 Center also offers books and manipulatives for checkout.

Math News


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Math: Zero the Hero visits FPK

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Students at Frederick Post Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school yesterday with a very special guest! Zero the Hero spent the day in kindergarten classrooms teaching students about zero and sharing his own math superpowers. How did your class celebrate the 100th day of school?


Want to integrate reading and math? Check out this Zero the Hero ebook from Reading is Fundamental!


Math: U of I Book Club-What’s Math Got to Do with It?

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University of Idaho is offering a book club on What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject by Jo Boaler.

The book club is free and includes a copy of the book! There is an option to participate for 1 credit offered through the University of Idaho for $60. Check out the flyer below and contact to register.

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ELA: Georgia Content Area Frameworks

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Looking for high-quality content area units and lessons aligned to the Idaho Core Standards? Bookmark this site! 

core standardsWhile working with seventh grade science teachers this morning, we stumbled across a goldmine of content area resources for K-12 teachers. In addition to the ELA and Mathematics Frameworks that many of our elementary teachers use to supplement core instruction, Georgia now has frameworks for Modern Languages, Career and Technical Programs, Science, and Social Studies. These frameworks provide teachers with Common Core-aligned essential questions, instructional materials, lesson plans, and sample performance tasks and rubrics. These are high-quality examples of lesson plans for K-12.

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ICS: Parent Guides

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With parent-teacher conferences next week, you might find yourself looking for handy guides to the Idaho Core for parents. Try these on for size!

3 IdeasEngageNY has a simple “Parent’s Backpack Guide” to the Common Core Standards. It guides families through each ELA and Mathematics shift and what might be coming home in their child’s backpack to support this change. The guide also features ways to support the Common Core at home. They have made a “Working with the ‘Shifts'” handout with more detailed ways parents can help as well.

The National PTA offers two-page parent guides to the Common Core for each grade level including High School. They also have an Idaho specific guide to the new S-BAC assessment that includes sample questions. A PDF can by downloaded be following this link: PTA Idaho Assessment Guide

And lastly, Hello Literacy features a “3 Key Ideas for Parents” one page guide available for free on their Teachers Pay Teachers website.

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