QR Code Treasure Hunt

During my practicum in a grade 8 classroom, my associate teacher shared various techniques for increasing student engagement during math problem-solving. One such technique allowed students to use their own devices to scan QR codes that were posted around the classroom and hallways. By scanning the QR codes, students were able to access multiple different questions and... Continue Reading →

Lego robotics

One morning during our summer numeracy camp, we had a special visitor from the board who led the Mathletes in an exploration of lego robotics. These are my three main take-aways from observing this experience: Let the students explore on their own first and provide guidance (if necessary) only after they have tinkered with the technology.... Continue Reading →

Fibonacci fun

As environmental inquiry is a large focus of the summer numeracy program, it seemed logical to spend some time working on number patterns- more specifically, identifying number patterns in nature. When thinking about math and nature, the Fibonacci sequence immediately comes to mind. In case you're not familiar with it, the Fibonacci sequence is as follows: 0, 1,... Continue Reading →

Measurement with catapults

As a team building exercise to finish the first week at Summer Math Camp, our Mathletes created simple catapults designed to launch cotton balls. The full description for the catapult design and construction can be found at this Kids Activities blog post. Each student created their own catapult from the following materials: 7 craft sticks 3 elastics Egg... Continue Reading →

One is a snail, ten is a crab

Inspired by Marilyn Burns' blog post about using children's literature to teach math, I decided to try some of her suggestions with the read-aloud One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre. I was working with a small group (six) of JK to Gr. 2 students, so I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Building the 100’s chart

As one of our first large-group activities at summer numeracy camp, our Mathletes collaboratively constructed a hundreds chart using a masking tape grid and foam numbers. This was a great way to explore numbers, identify number patterns, and build number sense with the students. As described by Melissa Conklin, some important questions to ask when... Continue Reading →

Number talks

Number talks were developed as a teaching strategy to increase student understanding of the numerical relationships that serve as the foundation for math rules, which we often just memorize without truly understanding. Number talks strive to helps students compute with accuracy, efficiency and flexibility. These number talks are characterized by purposeful classroom discussions about carefully... Continue Reading →

CUBES

There is nothing worse than watching a student struggle with a math problem because they're not sure where to start or misinterpreted the question. Enter the CUBES math strategy! C- Circle the key numbers.  It is important for students to recognize that sometimes there are numbers given in a question that are irrelevant to the problem itself. By... Continue Reading →

Barbies vs. Superheroes

For a recent assignment aimed at enhancing mathematics thinking, I worked with colleagues to develop a body ratios activity at the grade 6 level. This activity falls under the proportional relationships unit (Number sense and Numeration strand) and addresses Overall Expectation 3, to "demonstrate an understanding of relationships involving percent, ratio, and unit rate." (Ontario Ministry of... Continue Reading →

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