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Math Fluency


“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.  If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”


What a powerful statement!  The students at Primary School are definitely determined to learn, and at times, it’s amazing to step back and see how much they have learned.


This quote was mentioned to Primary School at a professional development session provided to us by Looney Math.  The goal of this training was to help teachers approach fluency in math through differentiating instruction through small groups.  This is exactly what we do in RtI.  We determine the instruction that our students need, develop lessons to target this skill, and then monitor their learning to continually challenge them to expand upon their knowledge.  


Math fluency is the bulk of all our math lessons.  This involves developing an understanding of combinations and how to structure numbers to 5, then 10, and finally 20.  It is not just memorizing 2+3=5.  It’s developing an understanding and using numbers through creating and breaking numbers apart. That means that a child understands why 2+3=5, and that 0 and 5, 1 and 4 are also ways that 5 can be made.  Understanding how numbers work together is what builds a strong math foundation.  A great description of what this means can be found at The Math Coach’s Corner website.


To help your child work on these skills, here are some math game videos to watch that will teach you both how to play- Jacks and Dominoes.  In addition, here are some online games, mostly through ABCya.com that are fun and easy to play.  If you have tablets at home, these games can also be purchased to play.


Fishy Count            Base Ten Practice

Structuring with Counting            

Numeration-Skip Counting

Numeration-Numerical Order            

Numeration-Placing Numbers in 100 Chart    

Numeration-Blank Number Chart

addition with manipulatives game

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Sight Word Practice (Dolch Words)


Learning to read involves many skills.  One important factor for reading success is learning sight words.  Let’s face it, there are some words that just do not follow any phonic patterns and can throw our young readers off.  These sight words, also known as Dolch Words,  are learned best through repetition and practice.  Very simply, you learn these words from “sight.”  Multiple exposures to these words help our brains take “pictures” and, through practice, those “pictures” will become part of children’s long term memory.  In RtI, we practice sight words based on the grade and need multiple times a week.  We play games, work on the iPad, and read stories that have many chances to practice reading sight words.  Below are links that include lists, ideas, tips, games, and flashcards to help your child practice sight words at home.  (Many wonderful ideas can also be found on Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers, the latest idea we found was playing cards to use with Candy Land!)

  • Sight/Dolch Words Lists offers you a basic list of all sight words.  We use it as a reference to know which group of words to use with each of our Intervention groups.

  • This site has printables so you can make your own flash cards!

  • ABCya.com is a wonderful site filled with spelling and math games for free!  Follow this link, and tap on any level from 1-4 to practice sight words.  Follow this link for Word Bingo- one of the games we play in RtI!  You can also buy Word Bingo as an app to put on any other devices.

  • If you have a Candyland board, print these cards up to play Sight Word Candyland!


Practice Your Sight Words!

Adapted from www.ateenytinyteacher.com

  1. Make an extra set of cards and play Memory.

  2. Hang up two sight words and race your child across the room to read the sight word in “your lane.”

  3. Go on a Sight Word Scavenger Hunt by hiding the flash cards around the house.

  4. Play Sight Word War- each player turns over a sight word and whoever reads the sight word first wins both cards.

  5. Make a Bingo board with the sight words and play Bingo.

  6. Make an extra set of cards and play Go Fish.

  7. Flashlight words- tape the words up on the ceiling and turn off the lights.  Use the flashlight to say the words.

  8. Spell each word and then say.  Try to make silly sentences using the words.




Welcome to the Primary School RtI Page! smiley


What is RtI?

RtI stands for “Response to Intervention.”  It is a program that is funded through federal grants that schools use to ensure that all students have fair and equal access to a high quality education.  All teachers in a school provide intervention for all students.  In addition to this, there are Intervention teachers and tutors who provide more intense instruction to students in Tier 2 and Tier 3 groups.  


What are the three tiers?

RtI is a model that has three tiers labeled Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.  Tier 1 is core curriculum taught in the classroom.  Tier 2 is targeted instruction to provide support to students 2-3 times a week in a small group (6-8 students).  Tier 3 is intensive targeted instruction provided 4-5 times a week in a smaller group (1-3 students).


When is Intervention?

Each grade level has a designated time each day put aside for Intervention.  During this time, no new curriculum is taught.  This time is put aside to either reinforce or enrich topics in reading or math that have been previously taught.  Tier 1 instruction is provided by classroom teachers in the classroom.  Tier 2 and Tier 3 Intervention is provided and supported in small groups settings outside of the classroom by Interventionists.  Each Intervention block is 30 minutes.


Who are the Interventionists?

Primary School has three Interventionists in addition to the classroom teachers; Ann Marie Jackson, Deborah Milosh and Rachel Ellis.  All three Interventionists have been teaching at Primary School for many years and have an understanding of what quality, differentiated instruction looks like.  In addition to teaching the Tier 2 and Tier 3 groups, Mrs. Jackson is also responsible for parent communication, managing all data collected and supporting and providing Primary School teachers and paraprofessionals with any resources they may need.

Response to Intervention Parent Night Presentation- CLICK HERE

Please come back often to visit our page.  We will add more information about the program, in addition to suggestions, advice, links to websites, videos and anything else we can find to help your child succeed!
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