We work hard on math ALL YEAR long, but in the Spring, we are focusing on being prepared for the MCA tests, as they are such an important tool for measuring our progress.
You can help at home by doing these things:
Practice math facts! Speed and accuracy with basic facts allows more of your brain to concentrate on solving problems. If you recognize patterns, you will catch mistakes. You'll have ideas for how to tackle challenges, etc.
Review Math Vocaubulary! Here are some important words to know. The blue words are new for fifth graders this year. If you don't know them, find ways to figure them out. You can use any resources available, from older friends, to the Internet, to the library:
Numbers & Operations

Algebra

Geometry

Data
Analysis

digits
value
plot
locate
point
equal
fewer
fraction
more
less
greater
greatest
estimate round
nearest
closest
least
greatest
compare
add
sum
product
multiply
divide
subtract
difference
result
represent
remainder
place value

rule
input
output
number sentence
equation
represent
result
value
ordered pair
graph
expression
inequality

Parallel
Perpendicular
Right
Figure
Sides
Angles
vertices
perimeter
length
width
tool
ruler
yardstick
meter stick
tape measure
a.m.
p.m.
unit
greatest
least
fewest
most
vertices
thermometer
temperature
degrees
increase
decrease
right

days
hours
minutes
months
most
nickel
order
penny
quarter
weeks
years
dime
value
cube
prism
pyramid
cone
cyclinder
edge
face
base
threedimensional
triangular
rectangular
net
formula
surface area
volume
height

pictograph
tally chart
bar graph
line plot
plot
table
data
title
label
key
represent
locate
mean
median
range
minimum
maximum
doublebar graph
line graph

Here is a link to the Minneapolis Public Schools booklet on preparing for the test:
http://tl.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/mca_ready_booklet.pdf