Watch this space for an evolving set of resources to support teachers, educators, and families during school closures. These will include digital assets, math activities families can do at home, and ideas for supporting students as they work on math problems.
One challenge most classrooms are experiencing this year is the sharing of materials, or having enough to use at both school and home. With the help of our colleagues at Savvas Learning, the Investigations 3 team has expanded the digital Math Tools available on Savvas Realize. These tools now include the most commonly used cubes (e.g. 1-3 & 1-6 dot, 1-6 & 7-12 number, multiples of 5, pattern blocks, fractions) and card decks (primary number Cards, dot cards, multiple of 10 cards, digit cards, array cards, fraction and decimal cards), as well as new base-10 tools and a virtual set of Power Polygons (in the Geometry tools).
Suggestions from the Field
People have been sharing such lovely ideas about how families can be doing interesting, engaging math at home. This page compiles examples from Twitter, with commentary about ways to extend or alter them for children of different ages. (10/9/20, 8/14/20, 7/17/20, 6/26/20, 6/19/20, 6/12/20, 6/5/20, 5/29/20, 5/22/20, 5/15/20, 5/8/20, 5/1/20, 4/24/20, 4/17/20, 4/10/20, 4/3/20)
As many children and families find themselves doing much or most of their learning remotely, lots of people are thinking about ways to incorporate more math into what already happens at home. One huge opportunity: games. Many familiar games – card games, games that use dice, board games – involve mathematics. In addition, they are engaging (i.e., kids want to play) and motivating (i.e., they want to play better, they want to win) and so encourage repeated play. The following blog posts talk about the power of games, at several different levels, and share examples of some of the authors’ favorites.
- Connections Matter and Connections Matter 2, by Vada Gray
- Math Games – Building a Foundation for Mathematical Reasoning, by Mark Chubb
- So You’re a Homeschool Parent Now: Advice from a Math Teacher, by Lurline Sweet
- Kent Haines blogs about free games and board games. This post includes instructions for making Tiny Polka Dot Cards, which can be used to play a wide variety of games.
Finding the Math at Home
Lots of people are talking about how families can and should mathematize the things they are already doing at home. But many wonder, “What does that look and sound like? What kinds of activities present good opportunities for math?” The following blog posts offer helpful images and activities.
- Jenna Laib, a K-8 math specialist, shares several examples of her math explorations with her preschoolers. Everyone Gets A Handful: Preschoolers Explore Division, Making Meaning with Arrays: More Preschooler Division, Caterpillar Math
- Nora A. Greene, a high school math teacher and parent of a preschooler, shares her thoughts on simple and fun ways to engage your children with mathematics at home.
- The Heinemann Blog compiled ideas about math to do at home, adapted from chapter 5 of Young Children’s Mathematics.
At-Home Activities from Investigations 3
Looking for activities that focus on important math, involve little in the way of materials, and provide experiences that can be tweaked and repeated and extended over time? This page compiles examples of such activities, with variations at each grade level, K-5. While they are all from Investigations 3, they will engage and interest all students. This week we share games that are about adding, and getting Close To a given number. (Past activities: Quick Images: Part 2, Today’s Number: Part 2, The Game of Compare, Quick Images, Today’s Number.)
Questions that Support Math Learning
How can families support their children with math learning at home? Asking questions as their children solve problems suggested by school or as they do math activities together can go a long way! Here are 3 blogs about the kinds of questions that can help children use what they know to solve problems and share their math thinking. These questions can also spark kids’ interest in exploring math ideas more deeply.
Math at Home
Math at Home is a collection of K-5 activities that families can do together. A new set of activities in English and Spanish will be released every few days!
- Working with Data (Grades K-5) in English and Español
- Fractions and Decimals (Grades 2-5) in English and Español
- Counting (Grades K-2) in English and Español
- Geometry (Grades K-5) in English and Español
- Measurement (Grades K-5) in English and Español
- Multiplication & Division (Grades 2-5) in English and Español
- Addition & Subtraction (Grades K-4) in English and Español