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New Lesson: K-2 Addition

 Posted by on May 27, 2013  Content Additions  Comments Off on New Lesson: K-2 Addition
May 272013


StarrMatica’s K-2 Lesson on Addition launched this month!

Students join Kwan and Sunna as they construct with blocks to explore the concept of addition.

Throughout the lesson students learn:

  • to add facts with sums up to 20 using pictures and objects
  • that the same number can be represented in many different ways
  • to add with a number line
  • to identify fact families
  • to use doubles as an addition strategy
  • to make a ten using a ten frame and use that strategy to solve addition number sentences
  • to create addition number sentences from word problems

A few lesson highlights include:

Make A Ten – Students arrange counters in a ten frame to use the make a ten strategy.

Construction Stories – Students create addition number sentences to match word problems.

Game:  Addition Quick Draw – Students compete against a partner or the computer to solve addition number sentences and gather the most cards.

To access these resources, login and choose K-2 Lessons.  Then choose Addition from the Math Menu.


Digital Backpacks for Summer

 Posted by on May 20, 2013  Content Integration Ideas  Comments Off on Digital Backpacks for Summer
May 202013

Teachers with classroom management accounts have the ability to create collections of content and share those collections with their entire class or with individual students.  Students can then access content their teacher has shared in their digital backpack of collections found on their student member home page.  You can use student digital backpacks to differentiate Instruction, share relevant content with the entire class, maintain content consistency across a grade level, keep parents informed, and keep students’ minds sharp over the summer.

In our April newsletter we shared with our members that we had launched a new feature to organize our student digital backpacks.  We also shared these eight ideas for using digital backpacks with your students:

1.  Teachers who share the same student can use the Student Title to let

students know which teacher has shared each collection. For example:

Addition from Mrs. Nelson or Mr. Arp’s Place Value.


2. Remember, your students are seeing these titles, so have fun with

them. Wouldn’t your students like to explore a collection called Top

Secret: Inference Detectives Only! or Fourth Grade Fractions Fun.


3. Create a passport for your students to get stamped throughout the

year. Students achieve a stamp by completing the activities in a given

collection. For example, in math you may have the Island of Algebra,

The State of Subtraction, and The Country of Comparing.


4. Be proactive about preventing summer learning loss and create

collections for each month of the summer filled with interactive activities

your students will actually complete. Create backpacks for your current

students, or coordinate with the teacher of your incoming class to use

her account to share collections with your new students.


5. Create backpacks to differentiate your instruction. Choose content

from the library on the same topic but at different ability levels or

choose content for different styles of learning.


6. Create backpacks for remediation or enrichment for students to

complete independently. This is one way you can individualize

instruction and address the needs of each student in your classroom.


7. Create backpacks of interactive content for students to complete at

home. This is a great way to create a school-to-home connection by

providing resources for parents to address their child’s specific needs.


8. Use the public collections feature to share collections between

classrooms within the same building. This ensures content in

backpacks is consistent across classrooms in the same grade level.

StarrMatica Monograph

 Posted by on May 14, 2013  Complementary Downloads  Comments Off on StarrMatica Monograph
May 142013

Looking for yet another reason to justify the use of StarrMatica in your classroom?  Then check out our monograph:  Enriching Teaching and Learning in a New Age of Standards, Instruction, and Technology:  The Rationale for StarrMatica Learning Systems.

The monograph outlines how StarrMatica is a primary solution for comprehensive, integrated, online digital learning content that meets the challenges of rigorous standards; aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment; and expanding technology to increase academic achievement.

It is authored by noted education researcher Rick Noeth who has worked for the Educational Testing Service, National Center for Education Statistics/U.S. Department of Education, National Academy of Sciences, and ACT.  He is the author or co-author of over 120 books, reports, articles, chapters, guides, and papers in the areas of educational policy, teaching and learning, assessment, academic preparation and transitions, and program evaluation. His Ph.D. is from Purdue University where he was named the tenth Distinguished Alumnus in the College of Education.

You can view and download the monograph on our Research Page.

New K-2 Lesson: Compare and Contrast

 Posted by on May 6, 2013  Content Additions  Comments Off on New K-2 Lesson: Compare and Contrast
May 062013

StarrMatica’s K-2 Lesson on Compare and Contrast launched last month!

Students join Henry on a class trip to the zoo to compare and contrast animals!

Throughout the lesson students learn how to compare and contrast with pictures, stories, and a venn diagram.

A few lesson highlights include:

Zoo Scrapbook – Students identify similarities and differences between two zoo animals and extend their knowledge of animals in the process!

Animal Stories – Students identify comparing and contrasting sentences in animal zoo stories.

Game:  Find the Differences – Students change the attributes of one image to make it match a similar image.

To access these resources, login and choose K-2 Lessons.  Then choose Compare and Contrast from the Reading Menu.