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Sarah McAllister & Melissa McNenly
PITA Conference – Oct. 24, 2008
This Can’t be Math…I Like It!
a.k.a. Teaching Math Affectively – Presented by: Rick Wunderlich
- Remember to think about what’s happening in students’ heads – it is likely not the same as yours
- ALL students can learn math
- As a teacher, it is your responsibility to believe in ALL students
- Learning = risk taking
- Steps to Creating a Positive Attitude in Learning:
- Create in the students’ mind the importance of the learning – they will only learn to value learning once they trust you. Believe in them.
- Give students meaningful opportunities to personalize the learning – they can then begin to take ownership of their learning.
- Allow students multiple scenarios to show their learning – many methods to answer, (ex. interviews)
- There are more ways of testing a student than just with a test
- Ensure that students know that it is okay to make mistakes and to be wrong.
- The students that you are teaching are those that will change the world.
- Often, a mathematician is not a good math teacher. They cannot explain how to get an answer in different ways.
- Take your students from where they are, to the highest place you can.
- Link math to global issues – make it meaningful to your students, (ex. climate change, poverty, hunger, disease)
- Example of an Activities/Games:
- Ask students what their favorite meal is – they can then create their own restaurant from scratch. This includes mapping out the area, the prices, the menus, purchasing product, etc. Use a space they know, such as the class room.
- Tally the amount of hours spent on electronics
- Good ‘lines’ to use with students:
- “Something tells me you’re good at this..”
- “You have to bear with me, you may not like this but..”
- “You’re allowed to be wrong..”
- “How would you begin..”
- “Don’t cheat – I can’t help you then”
- Using games for teaching math is very powerful as is working in groups. Students come to believe that they can do math, that math is important, and that math is all around them.
- Assess less, mark better
- Student’s do NOT mark another student’s work
- Collect work, photocopy it, have students mark it
- Assess less, mark better
- For Friday’s math class, do something fun!
The above notes were created by: Melissa McNenly – UBCO Student Teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Edited by: Shannon Truesdell – UBCO Student Teacher (shantrues @hotmail.com)
Building Math Confidence to Foster Success:
One of the difficulties that many students experience, a piece that is detrimental to developing Math confidence, is being unsure of how to read numbers and how to identify the value of specific digits in numbers. The resources below can help to address this basic understanding of number values.Place value and numeration resources:What’s Your Number is a class activity that builds opportunities to creatively talk about Math, using Math Vocabulary, examining the relationships between numbers.
VISUALIZING NumberS and comparing their placement on the number line:
Use these number lines to give a visual representation for numbers. You can make a classroom master number line (perhaps enlarged), with each column cut out and pasted above the previous column and point out to students that the vertical number line actually continues endlessly up and endlessly down – a good introduction to the term ‘infinity’.
It’s important to explain that the page of vertical numbers represents how we can visualize numbers increasing up and decreasing down. Also clarify that the vertical number line is in sections, each to right of the previous one, just to fit them all on one page.
The number lines can be used to help students ‘see’ relationships between numbers, allowing them to better understand and express inequalities.
Example: It is clear that 65 > 29 (since it is higher up on the number line). Students’ natural sense of higher being bigger is stronger than the idea of numbers to the right are larger (as is used on a horizontal number line). As well, the number lines can be used as an aid in rounding numbers, to the nearest 10, or the nearest 100 – they can actually see which 10 or 100 is closest to the number. As in, 38 ~ 40 (it is closer to 40 than it is to 30).
The same comparison and rounding skills with decimals can be made more clear using the Decimal Vertical Number Lines page.
Factors and Multiples Resources:
Building number knowledge is one of the most important aspects of Math literacy. Recognition of how each number is made up of other numbers can reduce anxiety about large numbers and leads to greater confidence with mathematical calculations.
Understanding the relationship between factors and multiples of numbers is a skill that transfers well into Algebra skills.
ACTIVITIES WITH FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS:
Measurement & Geometry Resources:
Buzz Words for Measurement & Geometry
Understanding Perimeter, Area and Volume
Types of Triangles and Polygon names
Labelling figures and Classifying Quadrilaterals
Nets for Geometric Solids, cube & rectangular solid
Quadrilateral Personalities Answers
Find additional Geometry pages on www.Math-Aids.com
Metric Conversions Game:
Game Rules: Collaborative Conversions Game Rules.doc
Game Sheet: Collaborative Conversions Game Sheet.doc
Game Coordinates: Collaborative Conversions Game Coordinates.doc
Game Numbers: Collaborative Conversions Game Numbers.doc
This chart is used as any Hundreds Chart, with the difference being that it is devised with numbers increasing upwards, rather than downwards.
Mastering the Basics Program (created by trevor calkins):
These pages accompany the Mastering the Basics program as outlined on www.poweroften.ca It is a program that offers an individualized plan for each student, and builds their confidence with acquisition of their basic skills. All needed materials can be found on the Power of Ten website, including Basic Facts sheets that students can use to identify which facts they still need to learn.
Math Confidence grows when students have acquired knowledge of Math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Knowing timestables (multiples of numbers) is an integral part of many Math skills.
Students who have quick recall of timestables are empowered to take part in Math and confident about their abilities; they do not need to use calculators for simple calculations, and can much more easily reduce fractions and simplify algebraic equations.
The following chart visually reduces the important multiplication facts to half as many facts as is usually presented – as each fact is presented only once, instead of twice. There is no need to memorize 3 X 4 as well as 4 X 3!
These tables can be used to engage students in identifying which questions they still need to work on, as well as offering encouragement to them when they’ve improved their timestables knowledge. Using Triangular Flash Cards to test themselves is also a successful activity. (Look online for samples of triangular flash cards for Addition/Subtraction, as well)
Use these I Have – Who Has cards to practise mental math. One card is given to each student. Begin with one student reading their card, and others look to see if their own card holds the solution to the question. They then read out their card, and so on.
It is recommended that you clarify the value of students helping each other. If no one volunteers their card with the answer, take the time to show how the answer to a question can be identified, talking through the process with the entire class and asking for ideas for solving.
(TIP: One way to ensure that you get back the entire set of cards, is to collect the cards from each student immediately after they have been read.)
Included on the page is a blank page to be used for new questions that the teacher (or interested students) can devise.
Slam Dunk Math Games:
Word Question ActivitIES: (Simple directions and vocabulary)
The Appointment Clock can be used to pair up students for varied activities.
An explanation of how to describe positive and negative numbers (Integers) to students:
These are instructional pages of simple Sudoku, helpful for teaching how Sudoku is played:
StartUPMath2010-Sudoku Page 1.doc
StartUPMath2010-Sudoku Page 2.doc
StartUPMath2010-Sudoku Page 3.doc
StartUPMath2010-Sudoku Page 4.doc
This method of recognizing the meaning of double digit multiplication can help students who have difficulty with completing multiplication with carrying and borrowing:
Practise Multiplying by Powers of Ten
Students can be shown the first few lines of the Math Patterns, and then challenged to insert (and verify) the following lines. Cool Math Patterns
PICO, FERMI, BAGELS is an amazing game that builds reasoning skills: PICO, FERMI, BAGELS
Mobile Math shows how students can make mobiles in the classroom to demonstrate their understanding of factors of numbers:
Use this page for math blacklines masters- be sure to describe the usage.
Our school solved the problem by making a consumable….buying double
sided-two different coloured “poster paper” sheets and cutting them
up…photocopying a algebra tile template onto them. Assign negative to
one colour and positive to the other……We give the kids a sheet and
scissors….takes a few min to cut up….. sandwich baggies for storage.
( I keep the extra “ones” and use for game tiles and other counting chores)
Algebra Tile Pattern1.doc
Type in the content of your page here.
Worksheet generators: (please list those you have used in your class)
List by stream and grade if possible & remove if you find the link is dead- If you have a comment please do so.
Time: Clock face
Comment- simple clean easy
Grade 4, 5, 6, and 7 Vancouver Island Math Diagnostic Assessment tests
If you just print them the eat a lot of paper, so I’m trying to group the questions and use them as pre-tests when I begin a chapter.
They are helpful for me. I’ll post them as I do them when I get time. Ray.
End of Grade 3 – Beginning of Grade 4 WNCP.pdf
Supporting Resources: Math Financial Literacy Mini-Projects, by Melissa Salter
Link to Carole Saundry-Fullerton’s page:
Another great resource for helping students who are having specific problems is Karismath by Shad Moarif:
PITA Fall Conference 08 Workshop Notes:
Sarah McAllister & Melissa McNenly
Using Pedometers for Daily Activity, PE, Science and Math!
As part of the Science curriculum Life Sciences and the Human Body, my class
has been studying the structure and function of the circulatory system. One
of the resources I used was the Heart & Stroke Association’s “Heart Smart
Kids” binder. When we reached the section, Active Living, I thought the use
of pedometers would be a great hands on activity. They have loved it.
For one week the students have been monitoring the number of steps they have
taken each day and have recorded the information. The goal has been to
achieve 10,000 steps each day. The students’ response has been great. Each
morning as I let them into the classroom, they are eager to tell me how many
steps they walked the day before. The highest so far as been almost 20,000!
Throughout the day you will see the students checking their pedometer,
especially after recess and lunch. Students want to go for walks as part of
the DPA and are taking the long route home to increase their step count.
While waiting in line to change classes many of the students are walking on
With the data I intend to teach averaging and graphing. We will learn how
to make a graph and also how to interpret the information (for example one
day the count of most students was down). Each student will graph their own
information and we will complete a class graph.
We will also be doing some reflective writing on the experience.
We have also discussed ways they can increase their level of fitness by
walking and what they can do to increase their walking. By being aware of
the numbers provided by the pedometers, it gives the students an observable
I am glad that we have used the pedometers, There are many potential
benefits to having our school purchase a class set to be used by students.
I hope you find this information useful.
Thanks to Pat from Burnaby for the use of this report, and Art who alerted us about it.
We offered our first primary workshop in August 2015, and hope to grow our resources for primary.
Help us build this page and link to your favourite resource pages.
Use this page as a ‘Table of Contents’Metro North and South Start UP! Series.
For now, go to the startupyourclass Primary Discussion group to see power points etc. We will transfer them here later.
Start UP! Series 2015: Primary – led by Fiona Morrison
Workshop leader Fiona Morrison strongly recommended www.strongnations.com , for some great literacy resources for K/1-
CREATING A COMMUNITY OF LEARNING AND CARE FOR K-3 TEACHERS
With Tamara Sengotta
The First Week of School-9-17.pdf (Sept 2017)
There is also an intro activity on YouTube – google raymyrtle YouTube.
Now you can watch the Start UP! Your Class workshop online for 3 months for $1. Here is a sample: Tuesday: Making a Good First Impression
Find out about workshops, videos and other info at www.startupyourclass.ca
Here are the backline masters you need to use the activities with your own class:
Lets Get Acquainted Blackline #1.docGraph The Class-Prediction Blackline#2.docclass list template.docGraph The Class Blackline#3.docDraw and Predit Draft Revison.docSeating Plan Blackline#13.docAbstract Design Blackline#11.docClass list Number #8.docStart UP! Your Class Overview 2014.doc
Here is the French version of some blackline masters-contributed by Vincent. (immersion teachers- take one share one!):
Lets Get Acquainted Blackline #1-fr.docxGraph The Class-Prediction Blackline#2 – fr.docx
Graph The Class Blackline#3 – fr.docxDraw and Predit Draft Revison – fr.docx
Revised math assessments from the Vancouver Island Net (a group of math consultants and teachers from Vancouver Island).
Note: This has not been updated for the new revised curriculum:
If you can’t attend the Start UP! Series:
You can use the number skills page in the assessments below. It’s a quick assessment of those skills expected at the grade listed: eg. beginning of Grade 4. There is a key at the end, and you can have a student mark them. Keep them on file so you be able to see evidence of progress during the year.
End of Grade 3 – Beginning of Grade 4 WNCP.pdfEnd of Grade 4 – Beginning of Grade 5 WNCP.pdfEnd of Grade 5 – Beginning of Grade 6 WNCP.pdfEnd of Grade 6 – Beginning of Grade 7 WNCP.pdf
Ann-Marie and I suggest you use the Math Basics. The Math Basics program is available from Trevor Calkins at www.poweroften.ca you can get a CD with each grade. It is a complete program that builds math confidence while reviewing concepts. I used it for about 15-20 min at the start of each math class right after lunch.
PE Game- Eco Tag:
PE Lesson– Eco Tag.doc