• Fifth Grade Math Activities
    May 29, 2015
    Students in Ms. Mills 5th grade class recently worked on a real life investigation involving Bucky the Badger.  Bucky is the mascot for the University of Wisconsin football team and he does pushups each time the the team scores.  Students had to determine how many pushups Bucky completed when the Badgers scored 83 points. Throughout this investigation, students were able to demonstrate their proficiency of some of the mathematics practice standards including: perseveres in problem solving, reasons and explains, and sees structure and generalizes. 
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    Content Review Projects
    Some 5th graders have also been working on the Special Number Project.  Students select their favorite number and then use their selection as a way to review math content standards including prime or composite, listing factors and multiples, drawing arrays and fractions for their special number.  Students showed off their work on posters, power points or videos.  Other classes made board games as a way to review 5th grade standards.
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    Second Grade Math Workshop
    May 21, 2015
    Students in grade 2 are currently working on place value concepts and money.  After a mini-lesson, students work individually or with a partner to practice math concepts.  Teachers also work with small groups to instruct and check in with students.  During this unit, students are practicing adding and subtracting within 100 using place value understandings and solving money word problems. 
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    Subtraction Top-It                                                                   Close to Zero for subtraction practice.
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    Apple Boxes
    April 30, 2015
    Kindergarten students recently completed a Contexts of Learning Unit referred to as Apple Boxes.  The investigation centered around the number of combinations of red and/or green apples in a grocer's box.  As a class, students explored the combinations for five apples and discussed patterns that they noticed.  Students recorded these combinations using pictures, numbers and words.  Predictions were then made for apple boxes of different sizes.  The kindergartners were wonderful at making predictions, noticing patterns and discussing their strategies and mathematical ideas.
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    Name That Number
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    March 25, 2015
    Looking for a fun way to practice math at home with you child?  Here’s a great game you can play with a regular deck of cards and two or more players. 


    Shuffle the deck and place five cards face-up in a row.  (Remove the face cards and set the aces equal to one.)  Place the remaining cards in the deck face down next to the previous five.  The first player turns over the top card in the deck – this becomes the target number. The player uses any of the face-up cards to make a number sentence that equals the target number.  Once the player makes the number sentence, he or she takes the cards used and the target number.  Refill the cards that were used with cards from the deck, and the next player flips a card for a new target number.  If no number sentence can be made, flip over another card for a new target number.


    This is a great game that can be differentiated in many ways.  Grade 2 students might make number sentences with addition and subtraction and only use two cards.  A 5th grader may use all five cards, parenthesis, and exponents to equal the target number.  When all the cards have been used, the player with the most cards wins. 


    WIN Time
    January 30, 2015

    You may have heard your child mention the WIN block.  WIN stands for “What I Need” and is a daily block for 30 minutes when students work or practice a skill that is just right for them.  Grade level teams of teachers and specialists meet weekly to collaborate and discuss ways to meet the diverse learning needs of all students.  WIN time is very targeted and the work is teacher selected.  During this period, students might be working in a small group with a teacher or instructional assistant, practicing a game with a classmate or completing a lesson on the computer or iPad. During the WIN block many students work on math.  As the Math Specialist, I meet frequently with teachers to discuss best practices and resources to deepen student understanding of math standards.  Some of our teacher led groups work on developing number sense, problem solving or fraction concepts.  Some children in grades 3 – 5 might use the computers to complete an extra lesson on FasttMath or Fraction Nation.   Other student pairs may play a math game for additional practice or do problems of the week for challenge.  All students are busy and focused during this period getting what they need.

    Grade 5 - Best Buys
    December 1, 2014
    Students in grade 5 have begun a Contexts of Learning Unit called Bust Buys.  This two week unit focuses on addition and subtraction of fractions through a series of real life investigations.  This unit fosters students' ability to communicate their thinking using explicit mathematical language and visual representations.  Best Buys provides the opportunity for students to develop the Standards for Mathematical Practice:
    Makes sense of problems and perseveres in problems solving.
    Attends to precision.
    Reasons and explains.
    Models and uses tools.
    Sees structure and generalizes.
    The unit is grounded in real word problems such as choosing the best price when shopping - ask your child to explain what they are learning.