Regardless of the TEKS being cringeworthy, we have to be ready. If you're familiar with the Common Core standards, a lot of this will look familiar.
In all grades, a personal financial literacy strand has been added. Kindergarteners will be identifying ways to earn money and distinguishing between wants and needs. By fifth grade, students will be balancing budgets, learning about different types of taxes, and identifying advantages and disadvantages of different methods of payment.
I'm happy to see financial literacy appear in the TEKS. I think this is a great change that will help students as they make their way toward adulthood.
The TEKS seem to be very specific as to what students need to be able to do. (That's the way it seems to me right now, at least.)
The Big WHY and HOW
Mathematical reasoning for WHY math is the way it is shows up a lot now in the new TEKS. For example, students are decomposing fractions to understand what they represent.
4th Grade Changes
- finding quotients for divisors of up to 4 digits
- concept of "perfect squares"
- using formulas for area and perimeter
- Angles!!! Go to 4.7A-E to see the changes
- converting within customary and metric systems
- data analysis
5th Grade Changes
- dividing and multiplying decimals and fractions
- adding and subtracting fractions with unequal denominators
- more work with expressions
- more with coordinate grids and data
- say "bye" to probability--it's moving to 6th and 7th
Recommendations for You!
I created 5 question quizzes for each of the TEKS in 4-5. I sell them in my TpT Store bundled by grade level along with student data tracking resources. I highly recommend these (even though they are not done) to help guide your instruction and assist with analyzing students' understanding.
|5th Grade Quizzes|
Texas Teacher Round-up:
I am working super duper hard to get all of the new math TEKS posted on Texas Teacher Round-up and adding appropriate resources and ideas to teach your students each of the new standards. The old math standards remain posted, as well. 3rd and 4th grade are looking pretty good!
This is the year to bridge the change from old to new. They are not technically in effect until the 2014-2015 school year. Everyone will be in the same boat. We will all feel overwhelmed. But, we will be okay. Learn them, love them. ;)
Helpful Links (adding as we go along)