Family Maths Toolkit is a simple yet effective website designed to help us do just this. You'll find a parent-friendly listing of what children are naturally learning as they move through the grades. And there are suggested activities to help you bring out the connections in the math and the every day.
Whether you're cleaning the house, going for a walk, or building that lego castle - there's math there. Help your child see the connections... the relevance... and the joy in the math in the every day! Hopefully, Family Maths Toolkit will help!
We Missed You!
To all our returning families, welcome back to www.ps321math.com for the 2016-2017 school year. And to all our new families, welcome - we're so excited to have you!
At PS 321, we believe we are all math people. Math lives and breathes every day in our lives. It’s in that 2 hour afternoon block we are miraculously able to fill for our kids. It’s in that route we’re able to map that gets us through the Holland Tunnel right before there’s no getting through the Holland Tunnel. And it’s in our carving out a family room, a living room, a bedroom (and two more bedrooms) from that 150 NYC square feet we call home.
We don’t have to have that movie math moment to be mathematicians or problem solvers. The fact is, we all already are.
And there’s real joy in it.
"I see math people!"
Take the Tour!
We envision this website as a space where we can come together as a community and bring out that joy. If you are new to the site, or returning, why not take a tour of all we have on offer...
A big part of www.ps321math.com is our math games library. These aren't just any games, but ones highly recommended by our teachers, students and parents. They are fun, and they can help reinforce classroom learning at home. Search for games by grade level or concept/skill. And everything you need to play is right there for you, downloadable as a .pdf.
Check out the games here!
Facts Practice Resources
Apps and Math Websites
Another popular section is our collection of recommended math apps and math websites. Make fluency practice and math problems fun and engaging with this "best of" collection based on your feedback. We've been updating our selection throughout the year, and will continue to do so. Does your family have a favorite app or website you don't see listed here? Contact us at email@example.com and we'll add it!
Check out our recommended math apps and math websites here!
Bookmark this page - it's our family blog, and we update it regularly with posts of interest to the community. Last year, this included posts on superstar math games, how to support your child with homework, and how to keep math fresh over the summer. We have some more exciting posts planned for the year, and we can't wait to share them with you!
In the meantime, why not scroll through our archives and take a look at what we've already posted!
Want to know about using lego for fractions? The world's largest prime number? The super awesome Museum of Math? Our math news and articles section gathers together the most intriguing and most thought-provoking articles of the day.
Have a lead on an article of interest to the community? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Help Us Grow!
It was input and feedback from people like you that helped us grow www.ps321math.com throughout the year. We want you to help us grow even more! Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, we will continue to bring you the best in new games, apps, websites, blog posts and articles. Have any great ideas or leads for apps we can post? Games we can add? Blog posts we should write? Let us know today at email@example.com.
And keep checking back regularly. We'll keep you updated on the latest and greatest surrounding math in education... and we'll keep working with you to bring out the joy in math!
Looking for ideas to keep math challenging and fun over the summer? We've got you covered.
Math Facts Fluency
One way to really help your child succeed next year is to practice math facts so they are automatic (known in a snap) by the end of summer. Here are some resources and a handy-dandy guide to help you do just that!
Facts Practice Guide:
Facts Practice Resources:
Looking for some books to read at home? Check out this list of 9 books recommended to light that math spark.
Among them is Bedtime Math, which comes highly recommended by our own math community. Bedtime Math includes puzzles and riddles at different levels, designed for family fun... and to highlight real world math links.
Looking for a challenge for your child? One book our teachers recommend is Awesome Math Problems for Creative Thinking.
Another books recommended by our very own students is Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks. We've seen the results in action, and they're super cool!
Math Problems To Try At Home
We've also put together some (hopefully!) engaging math problems you can try out with your child at home this summer.
Grade Band K-1 Problem
Frog and Toad want to plant a garden. They have 5 tomato plants, 6 pepper plants, 7 onion plants and 6 corn plants. There is only room for 6 plants in each row. How many rows will Frog and Toad need in the garden?
Grade Band 1-2 Problem
2 foresters from the International Paper Company told our class that for every tree that was cut down, 5 seedlings are usually planted to replace it. This is one of several important jobs they have in managing forests. They also told our class that it usually takes 25 trees to build 1 house.
How many trees were cut down in the forest if the foresters planted 50 seedlings? Also, how many houses can be built when those seedlings become grown trees?
Grade Band 3-4 Problem
A group of your friends have invited you to join them on Saturday to go to a matinee movie, get some lunch and play some video games. Your parents say you can go, but only if you do all your chores first. Your chores list includes doing your homework which will take you about 45 minutes, collecting and taking out all the trash which takes about 15 minutes, 30 minutes of folding laundry, and cleaning your room which usually takes about 45 minutes.
Your friends are getting together at 11:00 a.m. and you have a lot to do before your mom and dad will let you go. What time do you need to wake up? Are there other things you need to do before you leave the house? Remember to show all your work in an organized way, using correct math language.
Grade Band 4-5 Problem
Daisy Dentifriss is very concerned about her teeth and takes very good care of them. She brushes twice a day and flosses once a day as her dentist has shown her. Now that she is on her own and must supply herself with the things she needs to keep her teeth bright, beautiful and forever in her mouth, she is wondering about the cost of her floss.
Daisy is now 20 years old, just out of college and supporting herself. She figures that she uses about 18 inches of dental floss every time she flosses her pearly whites with waxed floss, but when she used unwaxed, she uses about 22 inches. Every 6 months she visits her dentist for a check-up. She gives Daisy a free package of dental floss containing 50 yards (waxed cinnamon flavored). Her mother, who is now 45 years old, puts a container of floss of 100 yards (unwaxed) in her stocking at Christmas each year.
In the store, she finds many types from which to choose.
Unwaxed, 63 yards @ $1.19
Waxed, mint or cinnamon, 50 yards @ $1.09
Waxed, 100 yards @ $2.49
Waxed mint, 100 yards @ $.99
Unwaxed or waxed, 100 yards @ $1.39
Waxed, 200 yards @ $3.79
Natural flossing ribbon, 30 yards @ $3.59 (uses all natural ingredients including bees' wax)
How much money will Daisy Dentifriss spend on her dental floss in her lifetime?
Please record all choices you are considering along the way. How and why you made these decisions is also important for someone who is reading your paper. Remember you want to present this so it is readable, easy to understand and well documented with facts.
And one more great resource: this website! There are a ton of downloadable math games to play at home. Our games library is searchable by grade level and math concept/skill. And they come high recommended by our community. Our website also has you covered with the latest in engaging and challenging math apps and math websites, which should help you find the perfect fit to keep your budding mathematician engaged at home.
Math + Homework = Stress ???
In this month's post, we are exploring ways families can take the stress out of math homework... and best support their children with math at home.
Old Dogs, New Math
One resource to help with this is Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew's Old Dogs, New Math. This book has been highly recommended by members of our community.
In his review of Old Dogs, New Math, Stanford University's (and NPR's "Math Guy") Keith Devlin writes, “This delightful little book is perfect for parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning—and why they are being taught that way. The authors’ easygoing style and humor should help ease the path for parents for whom mathematics brings feelings of dread."
Click here to learn more about Old Dogs, New Math.
A Family Friendlier Math Glossary
Another resource which might be of use is this handy, dandy Math Glossary:
A family friendlier Math Glossary - for homework help, quick reference, and other math related emergencies!
What Your Child Will Learn, By Grade
The New Howard County Public School System has created another resource which you might find useful as you work to support your children at home. This tool is dubbed "SMART" standards, for Student (and Family) Mathematics Activities Resources and Tools.
Know another resource which the 321 community might find useful? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
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We believe we are all math people. Math lives and breathes every day in our lives. It’s in that 2 hour afternoon block we are miraculously able to fill for our kids. It’s in that route we’re able to map that gets us through the Holland Tunnel right before there’s no getting through the Holland Tunnel. And it’s in our carving out a family room, a living room, a bedroom (and two more bedrooms) from that 150 NYC square feet we call home.
We don’t have to have that “Good Will Hunting” moment to be mathematicians or problem solvers. The fact is, we all already are.
And there’s real joy in it.
"You're saying it counts as math when I make dinner?"
Take a tour
We envision this website as a space where we can come together as a community and bring out that joy. This is a place where we will share the best in math games - tried, tested, and recommended by PS 321 teachers and students.
It’s a place where we will share resources like websites and apps - ones that get the seal of approval from parents and staff. It’s a place where we will share thought-provoking articles about trends in math and its place in our world.
And we hope, via this blog section, it will become a space where we can come together... sharing news and updates about the place of math in our lives and those of our children… and how we can all best find that joy.
we want you (to share thoughts, ideas and other resources!)
We want this website to connect our community with the best of the best in terms of math games, websites, and articles... and we need you to do it. Do you know of a brilliant app or website that's working wonders with your child? Did you recently read something that made you go "aha"? Contact us with your thoughts and ideas at email@example.com, and we'll look into adding it to the website!