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October 8, 2009
Photos by Principal Sherri Fair
Story by Karen Pearman NBCT 2008, ARC Enrichment Specialist, Boevers Elementary
Boevers kindergarten through fifth grade teachers hosted a Math Make It & Take It Night for students and their families on Tuesday, September 29, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Each grade level showed parents math games and strategies that can be used at home to help their children with math skills.
Mindi Bisdee, 3rd grade teacher, said, “We had a great turn out at the 3rd grade math night! We separated third grade families into two rooms. One room did a make and take activity. They turned a normal deck of cards into an Everyday Math (EDM )Everything Deck. Then we gave them a handout on games they could play at home with the cards to work on their math skills, especially math facts. In the other room we gave parents a mini-lesson on Partial Sum Addition and Trade-1st Subtraction. Our goal was to help the parents understand our methods for teaching these skills, so that when they are working with their child at home, hopefully, some of the confusion is taken away. We had a lot of great feedback from the session; many of the parents went away with a better understanding and were very appreciative. One of the parents sat in on the session 3 times!! I think she must be an expert by now!”
In second grade, teachers provided families with coins and dice to play the Money Exchange Game, clocks and suggestions for how to use them, and a deck of cards so they could play the math games we learn in class. Teachers provided directions for Addition Top It. Jacque Wiles, second grade teacher, said, “In the future, we will be able to provide directions, in our class newsletters, for other games students will learn such as Name That Number. ”
Stacey Sole, first grade teacher said, “ We took our students on a little “shopping adventure”, allowing them to collect dice, playing cards, Top It cards, rulers, and number grids. At each station we explained to the parents and students how each game is played.”
Parents walked away from the Math Make It and Take It night with math game supplies and strategies to help their children practice their math skills at home.