What Do You Notice? poster – Fractions on the Geoboard

What Do You Notice? poster – Fractions on the Geoboard

I just hosted my sixth fabulous Family Math Night event of the school year and with it came another new What Do You Notice? poster.  Here are the deets: Title:  Fractions on the Geoboard Skills K-2:  shapes, counting, area 3-5:  congruency, area, fractions, equivalent fractions Background Information: This is similar to the Squares and More Squares poster.  Like that one, this was designed around fractions but at a higher level.  The dots for each square represent the dots on a regular geoboard.  Each square is made up…

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Family Math Night Collaborative Project: Space Invaders

Family Math Night Collaborative Project: Space Invaders

I’m excited to share with you my latest Family Math Night Collaborative Project: Space Invaders. Here’s a photo of the final result. (There are actually 3 aliens to choose from in the lesson plan. This is alien #1). Here’s some of the background information I include in the lesson plan: In 1978, Tomohiro Nishikado, a Japanese video game developer, released his video game Space Invaders. It was such a popular game that it helped catapult video gaming into a global…

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Homework the FUN Way

Homework the FUN Way

Everyone loves to play games.  They’re engaging, motivating, and fun.  And from an educational perspective, they can be a powerful learning tool.  Here’s what games can do: reinforce skills learned in the classroom develop mental math skills encourage strategic thinking foster mathematical communication build confidence engage parents But one of the best things about games is that they offer meaningful practice in a way where kids actually want to do math.  That’s because games, by their very nature, are fun.  It’s not…

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What Do You Notice? poster – Number Grid Puzzle

What Do You Notice? poster – Number Grid Puzzle

I hosted my first Family Math Night event of the school year last week. I had 33 student station facilitators – the most ever! It’s so exciting when kids volunteer to spend an evening doing math. I also had a new What Do You Notice? poster. Here’s the skinny… Title: Number Grid Pattern Skills K-2: number recognition, pattern 3-5: pattern, addition Background Information: My youngest son visited the Basilica Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, Spain and brought…

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The Estimation Jars

The Estimation Jars

This year I decided to add the 0-120 number grids to my K-2 estimation jar. The number grids come from our Math Medley kits and kids can use dry eraser markers to “think” as they’re working out their estimation. Of course, there’s the thinking paper and the referents, as well.