The program also includes a homework book called Succeed that follows the class lesson, as well as provides a parent explanation page for each lesson. This book is great, because it provides reinforcement of each lesson for home practice.
Finally, there is a book called Practice. This one is aligned with each module to provide students with continuous fluency practice. I find this book excellent for spiral review and keeping previously learned skills fresh.
These are just the materials provided for students! The program also includes teacher manuals for each module and an entire curriculum overview resource.
Why Would I Want to Include More Resources?
Even with all of this support for the curriculum, at times I still find myself needing more. The need for more resources could arise for many reasons. It could be due to timing of lessons, student needs in differentiation, or just the need to reteach a lesson at a later time. At times, is it also great to have extra resources when you are planning for a substitute teacher. Those days are often a great opportunity to reteach some topics.
Reaching for resources is always a daunting task especially when you are in the midst of the school year. Planning ahead while there is a bit of down time can really go a long way! Here are some resources and strategies that can help!
Creating New Materials: this is what most of us do naturally. This is one way to get more materials, however we do not always have the time for this amount of preparation.
Collaborating with Other Colleagues: Grade level colleagues are a great resource as they are moving along the same path as you and may run into some of the same needs.
Supplemental Websites: https://www.engageny.org/ This website runs alongside the printed materials you have with the Eureka Math program. Sometimes you may want copies of materials.
Teachers Pay Teachers: Check out some materials other teachers have created to supplement the program. One useful resource such as this one can help reinforce place value. This is an incredibly important concept in second grade. I have found my own students need to continuously review this concept even after the skill has been taught in the program.
Fluency Practice Websites: https://home.xtramath.org/
This site allows students to practice fact fluency. It also keeps track of student progress and it is free! It begins students with addition and subtraction and then it moves to multiplication and division.
Math Center Resources: https://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/math-fluency-centers.html
This site provides resources for setting up math centers to help students reinforce important math concepts.
How do I Incorporate New Math Resources?
One of the first ideas that comes to mind when you think of adding more resources to the Eureka Math Curriculum is when?
I would use these resources outside of the typical math block. Some schools provide a specific differentiation block of time. This is when the teacher pulls small groups for students to work on specific skills. At this time, the remaining students in the class are often working on centers or differentiated work independently. There are days you may even want to divide one lesson into two days. In this case, you may be looking for more practice to provide your students with.
You are the only one who knows what works best for your day and your students. Allow yourself the freedom to decide. Keep your daily lesson routine intact during your typical math block and work in some extras when you can.
When students are exposed to new ways of learning familiar math concepts they become excited and eager to keep learning.
Remember to keep your eyes open to more resources and don’t be afraid to provide your students with supplemental materials that will only enhance your math teaching!
- Classroom Teacher
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