As a part our school’s ongoing goal of enriching the math learning for our students, we are kicking off a new monthly program, Math All-Stars. The goals of the monthly questions are to provide additional opportunities for students to be challenged, to apply mathematical knowledge and concepts, develop problem solving strategies, and to use higher order thinking skills. These problems provide a forum in which students can develop persistence and that there is not one right way in solving mathematical problems. Building from ideas, experience and mistakes leads to greater understanding.
Each month math challenge problems will be posted to the website (Under Curriculum & Resources – Math Corner) as well as to the math bulletin board (4th floor east hallway). These problems are posted for students to work on at home independently and then submitted to the answer drop box (4th floor east hallway) for “math credits” by the last day of the month.There are 4 different levels of math challenges, 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars and 4 stars. Students are welcome to try and submit answers for any level, regardless of grade. Please choose a level that is appropriate for your student to work on independently.
Please review the “How to Help Your Child” document below to support your child at home with these problems (or any math problem.)
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- https://www.reflexmath.com – great for practising times tables & offers a free 2-week trial
- https://www.ixl.com/math/ – a site many children at our school use and find very helpful
- http://www.dreambox.com – a popular site used by many of our students
games.html – dozens of fun games based on characters from the TV cartoon series with a mathematical plot line.
nl/publicaties/subsets/ rekenweb_en/ – The Freudenthal Institute in the Netherlands, known for its research in math education, created these great games for all levels in number, geometry, and pre-algebra. Despite the occasional technical glitch, the math is rich.
- www.mathforum.org – Run out of Drexel University, it includes a query site (Ask Dr. Math) and a tab called Problems & Puzzles for the curious young mathematician.
- http://illuminations.nctm.org The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics developed these resources for teachers. It has activities in all strands of mathematics, from K-12. It also has numerous web links, if you want to explore further
- Beyond Facts & Flashcards – Exploring Math With Your Kids By Jan Mokros
- Young Mathematicians At Work – Constructing Multiplication and Division By Catherine Twomey Fosnot and Maarten Dolk
- Young Mathematicians At Work – Constructing Number Sense, Addition, and Subtraction By Catherine Twomey Fosnot and Maarten Dolk
- Young Mathematicians At Work – Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents By Catherine Twomey Fosnot and Maarten Dolk
- The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book By Meg, Glen, and Sean Clemens
- Classroom Assistants
- Classroom Substitute Teachers
- Smart Boards
- Spelling Bee
- Digital Cameras
- Bird Study (Birding Trips, Chicks to Hatch, etc.)
- Recess Coaches/Recess Supplies (Hula Hoops, Balls, Jump Ropes, etc.)
- Science Curriculum Supplies (Science Boards, T-shirts, Plants, etc.)
- Music Curriculum and Enrichment
- Technology curriculum supplies and enrichment (laptops)
- Field trip subsidies
- Publishing Supplies (Bare Books, Colored Paper, etc.)
- Art Supplies (Crayons, Paint, Clay, etc.)
- School Supplies Supplemented (Paper, Pencils, Scissors, etc.)
- Classroom Libraries Supplemented
- Anti-Bullying/Community Building Assemblies
- Water Cooler in Nurse’s Office
- Professional Development for Your Child’s Teacher
- New Rugs