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 →

Parent engagement

An important focus of this year's summer numeracy program was to increase parent engagement at each site over the course of the three weeks. Each site employed a variety of creative strategies to ensure that families were learning together at summer numeracy. In addition to daily greeting and sharing of success stories with parents upon pick up and drop off, our... Continue Reading →

Area and perimeter

Activity #1: Tables configurations Our third and final week at numeracy camp focused on area and perimeter, which we introduced using the picture book Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns. It is an engaging story that describes a family reunion, where the arrangement of the tables and chairs is constantly changing as more... Continue Reading →

Boats that float!

During the last week of math camp, we challenged our Mathletes to use the construction and math skills that they had been practicing to individually and economically build a boat that would float. The parameters of the challenge were simple: Goal: Using the materials from the list below, design and construct the least expensive boat possible that will float... Continue Reading →

Building bridges through collaboration

To kick off the second week at Summer Numeracy Camp, we again wanted to challenge our Mathletes with a team-building exercise that required collaboration and communication: building bridges! We began with a simple question: "What does good collaboration look, sound and feel like?" This question generated a great discussion about the skills and attitudes necessary to work... 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 →

Helping hands

As math camp involves many activities, including snack time, there is lots to do inside and outside the classroom to keep everything running smoothly. Inspired by the systems at some of the other summer numeracy sites, I created this 'Helping Hands' chart so our Mathletes are always aware of how they'll be helping out for the day.... Continue Reading →

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