I hope the New Year has begun smoothly for all of you! Having a longer break always gave me a feeling of renewed energy, to plan and teach the last half of the year as if it was another chance to start fresh! There's still time to make sure your kids are ready for spring testing, and revise some of the lessons, routines or procedures that need tweaking.

To help you prepare for a “New Year” with your students, I am offering a free Common Core Math Quiz for one domain each week, for the next 5 weeks. This week's domains are Operations and Algebraic Thinking for grades 3-5, and Expressions and Equations for grades 6-8.

Each Quiz is one two-sided page with * one math problem for each Common Core standard* for that domain. The number corresponds to the standard number. Each problem has the learning goal stated to help kids focus on the goal and make the connection between the quiz, and their work in the standards. If you don't use Common Core standards verbatim, they are still useable to assess the grade level skills. Check them out for yourself!

**Follow the links below the Raffle to download your grade level Quiz! (3-8)**

**Raffle Week 1 – FREE Assessment Bundle**

…including the Common Core Posters for all Standards, the Assessments with Learning Goals and Scales for all standards, and the Student Portfolio Pages. Winners will be notified by email and listed in the blog post for the following week. You will be able to chose the grade level you need, so you can enter the raffle any week, or every week to win!

The easiest way to keep track of the weekly Raffles is by following Mrs. L's Leveled Learning blog on Blog Lovin', by email Newsletter, or by Facebook.

**Click on the links below for this week's Common Core Domains OA and EE!**

**concrete ways**to introduce symbols (variables) representing numbers such as using blocks, pictures, or programs like

**Hands-On Equations.**One of my personal favorites for introducing pre-algebra concepts!

*Read this blog post for more info.*

In 4th grade solving word problems, and representing word problems becomes the focus. Students need to apply the skills in creating and representing equations with “missing” numbers.

In 5th grade students are translating words into equations, patterns, and graphing!

The elementary standards from 3-5th grades flow into the middle school EE standards by expecting students to apply their skills in creating equations and identifying variables. The equations and problems become more complex.

In 7th grade students are asked to solve equations and inequalities with positive and negative integers.

*Expressions and Equations*in 8th grade include scientific notation; students were introduced to exponents of ten in 5th grade, which hopefully gave them a solid foundation for understanding this.

**Thanks for stopping by.**

**Check back next week for this week's raffle winner**

**and the next raffle and quiz domain!**