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Mathematics Awareness Month - Fifth Grade

The mathematics awareness blogs have introduced the concept of algebraic thinking and shown how important it is to develop this thinking as children move from one grade to the next. So far, these posts have focused on a first grade and a third grade standard. This week, we will spotlight algebraic thinking in fifth grade. Students in fifth grade must use algebraic thinking to express calculations as expressions and extend their knowledge of operations of whole numbers to apply them to fractions and decimals. This post will feature a focus standard, as well as examples and resources to deepen your child’s procedural skill and application of algebraic thinking.

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Mathematics Awareness Month - Third Grade

Last week we began a series on mathematics awareness to bring attention to the importance of mathematics in today’s technology-driven world and highlight the progression of algebraic thinking in the Florida Standards. Algebraic thinking encourages students to not only solve problems, but also to understand the relationships between numbers, operational symbols and letters. In third grade, students develop their algebraic thinking skills by representing and solving problems involving the four operations. This post will feature a focus standard for third grade, as well as examples and resources to develop your child’s procedural skill and application of algebraic thinking.

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Mathematics Awareness Month - First Grade

Why is April celebrated as Mathematics Awareness Month? Mathematics is an important driver of innovation in our technological world. It plays a significant role in addressing many real-world problems, including internet security, sustainability, disease, climate change and much more.

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Transición de la escuela intermedia a la escuela secundaria

Transferirse a una nueva escuela puede ser una transición difícil para cualquier estudiante, especialmente al pasar de la escuela intermedia a la secundaria. Durante este tiempo, los estudiantes deben adaptarse a los nuevos educadores, edificios, políticas y horarios. Con el final del año escolar 2017-18 en el horizonte, si su hijo ingresa a la escuela secundaria el próximo año, ahora es un buen momento para comenzar a hablar sobre las diferencias que pueden esperar y las formas de administrar los cambios venideros. Hemos consultado con expertos aquí en el Departamento de Educación de Florida para compartir sugerencias que pueden ayudarlo a usted y a su estudiante a logran una exitosa transición al nuevo año escolar.

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Middle School Transition to High School

Moving to a new school can be a hard transition for any student, especially when moving from middle school to high school. During this time, students must adjust to new educators, buildings, policies and schedules. With the end of the 2017-18 school year on the horizon, if your student is entering high school next year, now is a good time to start talking about the differences they can expect and ways to manage the upcoming changes. We have consulted with experts here at the Florida Department of Education to share tips that may help you and your student transition peacefully into the new school year.

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Cupid’s Perfect Chocolate Cake

This Valentine’s Day, I am excited to serve up the Florida Standards in the sweetest way possible – PERFECT CHOCOLATE CAKE! My grandmother first made this recipe in 1982, and it quickly took the top spot in our hearts. I hope that your family enjoys this delicious dessert and the many great opportunities it provides for learning!

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Jerkins’ Family Favorites, Part 4

As Christmas approaches and we put together our menu for the Jerkins family dinner, I can’t help but think of dessert. Our family loves dessert and it is always the hardest part of the menu to choose. This year, we’ve decided on Hummingbird Cake. I am thrilled to share this recipe with you because it was one of my grandfather’s favorites that we have been cooking for almost 40 years. Plus, it offers many great opportunities to incorporate children into the preparation!

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship: What You Should Know

The Florida Financial Aid Application is different from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting a Florida Financial Aid Application will only apply to Florida State Scholarship and Grant programs available at your institution. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to learn more information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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Nothing so Fuzzy about Florida Math Standards

Florida adopted its new mathematics statewide standards in 2014. Of all the content area standards, none have captured parental attention like the new mathematics standards. Math is one of those subjects where we as parents feel like we should be able to help our kids. Working together to solve a problem seems like a worthwhile family activity.

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