Welcome to Transition Math!
What is Transition Math?
Transition Math is your child’s only math class for the fifth grade. The class meets daily for 90 minutes. Instruction compacts learning 5th and 6th-grade math standards into one school year. This is not Talent Development, which is an enrichment program. Our class meets each day from 9:15-10:45 AM.
What is the purpose of Transition Math?
This class is a prealgebra course designed to accommodate fifth-grade students consistently demonstrating high math achievement and who are ready to learn more complex math concepts at an accelerated pace. Transition Math is fast-paced and rigorous with minimal repetition and review. The class bridges the gap in content for students who are placed in advanced math in middle school. If students are placed in advanced math next year, they will have had sixth grade standards. Before this class was developed, students were being placed a year ahead in math classes and skipping an entire year of content.
What curricula are used to teach this course?
In Transition Math, we follow the UbD lesson pacing provided by the school district and use Math in Context textbooks, Everyday Math units of study, companion practice materials, and online resources to deliver course content. Students will be assigned textbooks to be used at home and school for each unit. In the event your child forgets to bring the textbook home to complete assignments, you can access the content digitally using the online textbook linked in the navigation options on this website. Other resources necessary to complete assignments will be linked on the homework calendar.
What are the homework expectations?
Homework is assigned on most nights. Sometimes the kids get a head start in class due to some extra minutes of class time that day. You can see what we covered in class and the homework assigned by navigating to the homework calendar to the left on this web page. Daily, students are expected to record their homework on the assignment sheets in their TM binders as well.
Homework is meant to be student practice and an extension of what we’ve already covered in class. Students are encouraged to do as much as possible independently. I welcome questions about homework during our morning work time each day before class begins.
Please do not let your child work for more than 30 minutes daily on Transition Math at home. Kids need to have fun too! An adult can write a short note on the homework if 30 minutes has been reached. If your child is struggling or frustrated with homework, please let me know. I will be happy to help the next day!
All daily assignments are due the day after they are assigned unless otherwise noted. Completing homework is an expectation and an important part of our Transition Math work. Life happens and sometimes homework is forgotten or there isn’t ample time to complete the work at home on the night it is assigned. Please have your child make up the missed homework as soon as possible. If homework completion becomes a persistent problem, I will contact you so we can talk more about it.
How will my child’s grades be reported?
Students are graded mostly on the sixth grade math standards, but we cover fifth grade standards as well. The math indicators on your child’s report card will look different from those on the regular fifth-grade math report card. Your child will receive grades based on his or her evidence of learning around the math standards we’ve covered in Transition Math over the course of the trimester.
The MCA III test your child will take will be the fifth-grade test given to all of the fifth-grade students in the state of Minnesota this spring. In September and May, all Transition Math students will also take the MAP Growth 6+ test in order to help assess proficiency and growth with the sixth-grade math standards. Your child's performance on these assessents will be two of the data points used to determine middle school math placement.
Sixth-grade math placement for next year is based on multiple data points from your child's academic testing history and is not based on completion of the Transition Math course.
Contact Mrs. Thompson
Since I work around two buildings during the school day, the easiest way to reach me is by email.
If you would prefer to talk with me in person or over the phone, please let me know via email or a written note sent to school with your student. I will give you a call as soon as I am able.
Thanks so much!