• Math Intervention Update 



    Good morning parents,


    This morning I wanted to take some time to focus on number sense and math discourse.  Both are fundamental for students to strengthen because they will help them to better understand math now, in middle school, and even throughout high school. 


    Steve Wyborney is an award-winning teacher and instructional coach from Oregon. He is well known for his use of instructional technology and his work with mathematics and his passionate belief in the exceptional potential of every student.


    Steve created 20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk which is 20 days of some really cool math activities!


    Here is his introduction to this math series:


    20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk – for all grades from K-12. That is the goal of this series. Entirely new, exclusive content fills this post in a ready-to-use format that will allow you to deeply explore 4 rich math routines.

    By downloading each day, you can have a clear pathway to presenting rich number sense and math discourse opportunities to your students.

    Additionally, each day contains multiple levels, so that a 2nd-grade teacher, a 5th-grade teacher, and a high school teacher can all be using the same file – and can all have access to other grade levels. The opportunities to differentiate across levels abound in this series as well as the opportunities to see into other grade levels from K-12.

    Follow this link below to access the 20 Days:


    If you want something fun and educational to do with your child, I highly recommend you try these out. Be sure to read all the way down the page so you understand the directions before you start.

    Let me know how it goes and if you are enjoying them.




    Math Intervention Update 



    Hello Parents and welcome back from Spring Break!


    Well, it wasn’t our typical Spring Break, but it was a bit of time off nonetheless. Now we are all rested and ready to hit the ground running! Right?


    Before the break, I asked you all to watch a series of math videos by Christina Tondevold to help understand how to teach math fact fluency in a more effective way. I had every intention to do the same with all my “free” time. Well, that never happened! And it probably didn’t happen for you either! The good news is, she has extended the time they are available for 6 more days. Lucky us! I have actually watched 3 of them so far and they really are good and worth our time.


    Here is the link once again:




    Christina Tondevold has also created a Building Math Fluency Starter Kit to supplement the videos. The kit is found within the above link as well. This kit is excellent. If nothing else, download that for reference.


    Remember if you need anything from me, I am an email away! My instructional assistants Mrs. Fisher (afisher@carmelunified.org) and Mrs. Milling (bmilling@carmelunified.org)  are available for Zoom meetings, phone calls, or emails as well. Feel free to reach out to them too.


    Until next Friday,



    Math Intervention Update


    Good morning families!


    Now that we have our plan in place for the rest of the year, I want to shift my message this week a bit. I want to focus more on helping you as parents learn more about teaching math, so that you, in turn, can grow the math brain of your child. 


    Christina Tondevold, a fantastic teacher trainer, has created a series of math videos that help both parents and teachers understand how to teach math fact fluency in a more effective way. I am linking her videos below. Note that they are only available until April 23rd.




    Christina Tondevold has also created a Building Math Fluency Starter Kit to supplement the videos. The kit is found within the above link as well.


    Both are well worth the time it will take you to watch and learn. In fact, I am watching them too!


    Enjoy! Have a great Spring Break next week!



    Math Intervention Update- Year End Plan  



    Dear Families,


    I hope this finds you in good spirits despite the news that school will be out for the rest of the year. It is hard to believe that two weeks, which in itself was hard to accept, turned into this. I just keep remembering it is to keep us all safe and we will all come out of this stronger in the end.


    With that being said, I need to think about how I can support you at home with the work that needs to be done with your children. It’s a tough balance between giving too much work, too little and just the right amount. I will give it my best shot and we can adjust as needed as time goes on. I also do not have access to the school over the next two months so what will be provided will be online lessons, videos, articles, links, etc. I will try not to overwhelm you, but to give you enough work and information that will move your child forward. I also know that you have additional work coming from your child’s primary teacher and that needs to be taken into consideration as well. Just keep in mind that we are all, teachers and parents included, doing the best we can and that has to be enough right now. I try to remind myself of this daily and I know that you probably are trying to do the same.


    We have eight more weeks of school left. Here is our basic plan from here on out:


    1. Each week I will email you a letter on Friday and my instructional assistants, Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Milling will email you weekly as well just to check in and give you additional ideas. Please feel free to contact any of us for any reason. The kids can write to us as well! We are here for you! These are our emails:


    Mrs. Weist: cweist@carmelunified.org

    Mrs. Fisher: afisher@carmelunifed.org

    Mrs. Milling: bmilling@carmelunified.org


    1. In addition to the work you have been doing with subtraction, you can also work on addition facts to 20. There are direction videos and games on the Padlet.



    1. Two other school districts have put together weeks worth of math activities. They also have links to many excellent math websites that will give you additional ideas for math practice. Both are to be printed for students to complete on paper. These math activities go beyond learning basic math facts so use, as you feel, is appropriate for your learner. 

    These activities really get your child thinking in mathematical ways that they will really enjoy:


    Several worksheets each day focusing on different math topics:



    1. You may want to make some good old math fact worksheets for assessment or practice. Here is an awesome site where you can create your own.



    1. Here is a link to some easy math games that might be fun to add to the mix.



    1. And last but not least, if you still want more I can sign your child up for an online math program called Happy Numbers. You can check it at www.happynumbers.com If you are interested, your child would take a 20 question pretest and the program would place them appropriately. Students would practice math through games and activities, progressing through grade-level standards. This program encompasses all math standards, not just math facts, so it’s a good all-around math program. If you are interested in having your child start, email me and I will send you their class code and password to begin. There is no charge due to the COVID 19 situation.


    I know this is a lot all at once, but sometimes it is nice to know what lies ahead. Look these things over and let me know if you are interested in Happy Numbers and I will get you the login information.


    Always know that I am just one email away and I am here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out. As they say, we are all in this together. Please send my love to your children. I miss them so much!!


    All my best, 


    Mrs. Weist

    March 27, 2020 Update

    Math Intervention for 1st and 2nd Grade


    Happy Friday! It’s only been two weeks, but wow it feels like more! Getting comfortable with our new lifestyle takes some getting used to!  I’m sure you are all feeling this as well, but in ways I can’t even imagine. Thank you for working so hard with your children. I will continue to give you ideas, but I’m hoping it is not overwhelming you too much. Let’s just all take things one day at a time.


    With that being said, let’s talk about math facts. Last week I had you watch some videos from a teacher named Ann Elise on YouTube explaining how she teaches subtraction.  Well this week, Ann Elise has gone one giant step further! She has made an entire padlet full of ideas just for parents who are helping their children learn their addition, subtraction, and multiplication math facts. Here is the link below. It is full of fabulous ideas. You must take a look!


    That’s all for this week.  I will update you again next Friday.


    As usual, if you have any questions, please email me at cweist@carmelunified.org and I will get right back to you.


    Take care and say hi to your child for me!  I miss them so much!!


    Mrs. Weist

    March 20, 2020 Update                                                         

     Math Intervention for 1st and 2nd Grade


    Happy Friday and hello Springtime!


    I hope you are all doing well at home with your children, and getting used to teaching!  


    How are the math facts going? Well, I hope! Below are links to a teacher explaining how she teaches subtraction math facts to her students. She first teaches the facts using concrete materials so that students get their hands-on manipulatives. Then she moves to a pictorial representation and then finally she gets to the abstract level which is usually a game or involves flashcards. This is a great progression to follow every time. Please watch. I think it will give you lots of ideas.  




    Digital Manipulatives: number lines, ten frames, math racks (rekenrek) and others



    On a much lighter note, I am also linking a PowerPoint presentation. It’s another take on the traditional bedtime story. It’s called Math at Bedtime. I hope you enjoy the ideas it presents.




    This video refers to the presentation above but focuses on the counting section only. It is very informative and has great examples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvGk5UAufcc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR20_VC5trTRQBj65-6qHTsd8BEBzMghPCjhhFaXKwn8aPuf7FqPX66Vy80&app=desktop


    That’s all for this week.  I will update you again next Friday.


    As usual, if you have any questions, please email me at cweist@carmelunified.org and I will get right back to you.


    Take care and say hi to your child for me!


    Mrs. Weist

    March 16, 2020

    Dear Parents,


    Your child recently took a Math Running Record for subtraction. Based on their performance they are currently working at this level (levels progress in difficulty from left to right.):

            1st-grade skills 

    1st-grade skills

    2nd-grade Skills



    # - itself



    -from 10

    Diff of 1 or 2

    Teens -10’s

    Teens -1’s

    Half Facts

    -Bridge 10

    -from 20



    At every level, we are encouraging your student to be:

    1. Flexibility - Using a variety of strategies.
    2. Efficiency - Using the “quickest” thinking strategy for a fact.
    3. Accuracy - Getting the fact correct MOST of the time.
    4. Automaticity - Knowing the fact automatically, without counting, (usually in less than 5 seconds.)

    Attached to this letter, you will find suggestions for helping your child progress through the levels of subtraction fluency. We encourage you to spend 10-20 minutes a day, every day, working with your child over the next two weeks or so.

    Play games, use the flashcards and solve story problems with math facts. Just work with the facts and have fun! Stay healthy everyone! We will see everyone back at school in no time!!


    If you have any questions, email me at cweist@carmelunified.org

    We will miss you all!!

    Mrs. Weist

    Mrs. Milling

    Mrs. Fisher