Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Mrs. Charles had her Grade 7 class solving some fraction puzzles
AND getting creative in the culinary arts at the same time.
Students were given a cue card like the one above and had to
then take the correct amount of cupcakes based on their allotted fraction.
They then had to follow the fraction amount to properly decorate the cupcakes
with the right amount of cupcakes iced a particular colour for their cupcake creation.
Mrs. Charles really turned a normally frightening math concept
into a fun and festive classroom activity, all for ECG's Halloween fun night.
(Do they even know that they were technically multiplying fractions???)
Also seen at ECG: a fun math mystery book on display.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Very interesting piece from the Huffington Post (called The Global Search) on the left sidebar, under Numeracy in the News. Read the entire article below, or click here for the link to the original source...
"The way to improve the quality of teaching is through teamwork in the schools, and then surround it with better teacher pre-service, better attraction of the profession, and better professional development." -- Michael Fullan
"With Sir Ken Robinson, we want to map out the curriculum that includes the arts as well as literacy and math." -- Michael Fullan
Professor Michael Fullan and C. M. Rubin
Monday, October 24, 2011
OMSK had a spooky math night on Monday night.
Students were given a sticker book to collect stickers
as they visited each math station.
One station had students trying out some computer math games
at the Primary level. (Most of these sites can be found as links
on the side of this blog---except DreamBox Learning, which is
a paid subscription website from Pearson Education.)
Mrs. DeMille assists a batty girl with a maze quest.
Another station had addition and subtraction bowling.
Students had to knock down pins and either add or subtract
the numbers on the pins knocked down.
The gym had a lot of activities, with a coffin full of goodies
in the centre of the gym.
The ghoulish mini-putt had some spooky clubs for students to use.
(Not to mention the scary redneck handing out the clubs.)
A Junior station gave students a puzzling cube construction
with manipulatives to reconstruct the cube.
Measurement was explored by using a measuring tape
to take measurements of a vampire and a witch.
Creepy Cup Bounce had students bouncing a ping pong ball
into numbered cups and adding up their total.
Math hangman (skeleton man) was played,
using math vocabulary such as "mean" and "subitizing".
(Bonus points to Mrs. Martin Abel for using her new vocab
from First Steps in Mathematics training that day.)
SMARTboard problem solving was also on display.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Spooky math is happening in Mrs. D. Hill's grade 3 classroom at OMSK. Students were each given a milk carton, which they then had to measure accurately with their rulers. Next, they had to use those measurements to cut out the right size covering for their haunted houses. Like any proper contractor, the measurements had to be designed to fit perfectly, so that the milk carton was completely covered, with no overlap or insides showing. Take a look at these amazing Haunted Houses. I bet Mike Holmes would claim that Mrs. D. Hill's class knows how to "Make it Right!"