Number Sense Investigations Using Children’s Literature

K-2nd Grade Computation and Estimation; Interdisciplinary

Reading and math are a perfect pair when it comes to teaching young children. In this session, we will explore how to introduce number sense investigations through mathematically rich children’s books. Participants will come away with new ways to guide students as they tackle problem-solving tasks and deepen their mathematical and literacy understandings.


Once Upon a STEM Lesson

K-2nd Grade Mathematics; Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary lessons support concept development by making connections between different content areas, deepening student understanding. During this session, we will showcase a variety of STEM lessons developed by educators at the MathScience Innovation Center which model how to incorporate literature and other disciplines into your lessons. Participants will leave with ideas for using literature to pose problems that can be solved using STEM activities.


Guide Your Students to Mathematical Success!

K-5th Grade Mathematics

Now is the time to redesign your math block to teach the way students learn. A guided math approach to teaching and learning will help your students become better independent problem solvers, mathematical communicators, and critical thinkers. In this session, we will discuss ways to tackle scheduling, rotations, management, grouping and assessment during guided math by applying the same fundamentals that you use in your guided reading groups and literacy stations.


Mathematical Modeling NEW

K-5th Grade Mathematics (also grades 6th-12th)

Mathematical Modeling is a process that uses math structures and manipulatives to represent real-world problems and situations. Come learn about this process by examining the difference between mathematical modeling and simply using manipulatives. We will discuss how to provide scaffolding for students in order to support them in deepening their content knowledge through mathematical modeling.


The Great Sandwich Dilemma NEW

3rd-5th Grade Mathematics

That’s not fair! In this workshop, come learn how to engage students in proportional reasoning with authentic situations that require rational numbers. Participants will leave with strategies which challenge students’ understanding of equivalence, unit fractions, and adding, subtracting and comparing fractions.” How can we prove the division of sandwiches is fair? Fractions of course.


So the Story Goes

3rd-5th Grade Mathematics

Deciphering the language of word problems confounds even the most savvy math students. This workshop is designed for teachers to learn how to use the bar model as a way for students to decode and solve word problems. Participants will take back to their classrooms a powerful strategy that supports student success in solving word problems, as well as additional content resources.


Algebraic Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

3rd-6th Grade Patterns; Functions; Algebra

If algebra is the gateway to advanced mathematics, arithmetic is its foundation. In this workshop, algebraic thinking will be explored through a variety of math tasks that will open a window into student thinking. Participants will learn how to analyze student work to inform instruction and make the connection between arithmetic and algebraic thinking.


All Hands Ahoy! NEW

4th-5th Grade Mathematics (also grades 6th-7th)

Looking for a way to celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (September 19th) and still assess your students’ mathematical knowledge? Well, look no further, matey. Join us on the high seas as we search for buried treasure using our math skills and historical clues. Leave with grade level specific ideas of how easy it will be to implement your own pirate adventure. No booty about it. “Come ‘n gather pirates fer a jolly hour or walk the plank.”


What’s Your Angle? NEW

4th-5th Grade Force, Motion, and Engery; Geometry

Come explore how mathematics can predict the behavior of reflected light using mirrors and lasers. Participants will investigate various angles created through reflection using physical and virtual protractors. Also, participants will engage in a periscope challenge using this new understanding of how scientists and engineers use reflected light in practical applications.


For more information:

Please contact Daphne Schmidt (343-6525, ext. 246) or Tawana Gilyard (343-6525, ext. 221).