## Signature Strategies

The three read protocol will be done by both teachers and students, and is used to help make sense of word problems. This is especially useful for problem stems – problems that leave out the question.

1. Read the problem for

2. Read the problem again and find the math in the problem. Usually this means finding quantities and units. For example, you might see 8 apples. The quantity is 8 and the unit is apples.

3. Read the problem again and think about questions you could answer from this problem.

### Collaboration

Students will be working together a lot to make sense of problems. They’ll be working in pairs and small groups and be assessed on group work. Students will be recording their work in their math notebooks and also on charts to display to the class.

### Explanations

We’re focusing this year on students being able to explain to each other how they did the math. In this case it is not always important for students to be explaining how they got the right answer. For example, a student could explain why a method didn’t work. Also, if a student explains an answer that is incorrect, other students will have the chance to disagree and show their own thinking.

## Scope and Sequence

Download the Scope and Sequence for 5th Grade

## Math Class Norms

#### Ask questions until ideas make sense.

#### Talk about each others’ thinking

#### Use multiple strategies and multiple representations.

#### Errors are gifts that promote discussion.

#### Answers are important, but they are not the math.