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Greentree student is #1 in Texas for math skills

First in math consultant and students photo  
Greentree Elementary fifth grader Kelly Liu is the number one student in Texas on the First in Math online mathematics mastery program. In May, Kelly Lieu had solved more than 107,000 math problems for the year. Kelly, a student in Patty Lam’s fifth grade class, completed eighth grade content including solving three-step problems involving polynomials.

“We are so excited and proud of Kelly and all our students who excelled in this program,” said Greentree Principal Linda Pearce. Approximately 460 Greentree students solved more than 900,000 math problems this year with the First in Math program. These students did multi-step problems involving higher level thinking skills. As a matter of fact, all elementary schools in Humble ISD enjoyed a higher level of student participation in math.

“The First in Math online program has quickly become well known across all 27 elementary campuses in Humble ISD,” said Melissa Christensen, Humble ISD Elementary Math Coordinator. With the First In Math program, elementary students enjoyed higher achievement in math all across the school district. Grades K through 8 content is organized into six basic modules. Activities are presented in an online game format that students enjoy.

“The online program engages students through a sticker competition, said Christensen. “Students compete to earn Sticker Leader of their class, grade and even their campus. During the 2013-2014 school year Humble ISD elementary students spent approximately 96,000 hours solving 34,512,441 accurate math problems.”

While the emphasis of this program is on the improvement of mathematical skills, each online activity is also designed to strengthen problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills. Completing Game 1 of any Skill Set unlocks a multitude of bonus games geared to that skill level. The competition/rankings component provides motivation and sustains high activity levels. As students play, they earn virtual award stickers that accrue to their personal and classroom score. For more information on the First in Math program, go to www.firstinmath.com.