Numeracy @ Home

Supporting students at home with numeracy

RVS Teachers

Numeracy @ Home

 

This page is designed to support  Rocky View teachers to  navigate math and numeracy as we enter uncharted territory of learning at home and online.We will be updating this page regularly with ideas, tools and activities to help teachers design intentional learning experiences focusing on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. In the coming weeks, we will be offering professional learning opportunities, sharing online tools and hosting online office hours. In the meantime, please contact us with any questions or support you may need. 

Math in September

 

School re-launch and math learning

As we consider school re-launch, we know that home learning experiences have not been ideal and have certainly been inequitable. 

These professional learning resources will help us to navigate inclusive numeracy learning for our students. Contact the RVS numeracy team to support you and your school team design effective math learning when students return in September.

Key Ideas to consider:

  • How will I know what math my students understanding?
  • How can I support all students to be successful with new math learning and understanding?
  • What are the new learning and big ideas for the grade I am teaching and what came before?
  • How can I ensure all students are able to achieve in math? What structures do I have in place to ensure this?
  • How can I differentiate effectively to meet all students where they are at and make math learning equitable?

Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19

Excellent guidance from the NCTM regarding how to ensure all students have equitable access to mathematics in September.

Key Outcomes By Grade

 

Prioritizing  Outcomes

Alberta Education has asked teachers to evaluate curricular outcomes that have not yet been covered, and prioritize the remaining outcomes, based on what is manageable for students working at home and what outcomes are critical for students moving on to the next grade. 

The highlighted outcomes in the document may help teachers prioritize the key numeracy outcomes as they plan for math/numeracy at-home learning for their students.  Teachers should also take into consideration their students and their individualized needs and curricular content already covered.

Online Tools

Mathsbot.com

Free digital tools and printables  that can be used to support math teachers and students.

Didax Virtual Manipulatives

Didax Virtual Manipulatives are a great way to enhance at-home learning. Simply drag the manipulatives into position to see math concepts come alive! Can be downloaded and embedded.

Math Visuals

Free math animations and resources to visualize math concepts

Braining Camp

Braining Camp offers an outstanding bank of virtual manipulatives both web and app based.  These resources are now free.

Math Learning Centre

Free interactive manipulatives to share with your students.

Toy Theater Virtual Manipulatives

A huge selection of virtual manipulatives suited for elementary students and teachers

Mathies Learning Tools

Free Canadian Apps and web-based virtual manipulatives

Math is Visual

How do you represent math concepts pictorially? Kyle Pearce shares animatations to conceptually explain math concepts.

Mathsframe

A plethora of free digital tools to support visual math learning.

Desmos

Explore math with desmos.com, a free online graphing calculator.

Math Learning Centre

Gizmos are digital math tools and activities. RVS teachers and students can access Gizmos through Moodle.

K-3 Numeracy

In K-3 the focus of numeracy learning at home should continue to  be on developing number concepts and number sense. For K-1 students, comparing, ordering and representing numbers helps build place value concepts critical for computation.  For grade 2-3 students, building fluency with addition and subtraction facts within 20 sets the foundation for addition and subtraction of 2-digit (grade 2) and 3 digit (grade 3) numbers.

    • Games and puzzles are great ways to engage both students and parents at home.
    • Reasoning and problem solving tasks that students explore with their parents are important opportunities for students to talk about math using visuals and images is a great way to encourage mathematical communication at home.
    • Provide opportunities for hands on learning is tricky in an online environment so encourage your students to make their own manipulatives or use virtual tools as it is still key that students have a chance to connect and show multiple representations of their understanding
    • Encourage. your students to make connections to math in their everyday life for example through cooking, counting and/or sorting items in their environment

Below are our some of our favourite resources to help you design learning for your K-3 students.

 

K-3 Fluency

Counting Collections

Counting Collections is a routine where students use personal strategies to count objects and explain their thinking. This is a routine that is easily adaptable at home

Math Facts @ Home

RVS Math Facts at Home page. Full of practical and engaging games and resources to support your child with learning addition and subtraction facts

Solvemoji
Solvemoji puzzles encourage children to work flexibly with addition and subtraction. Select Junior Level 1-3 or higher for puzzles with addition and subtraction. Remember, it’s not about speed but flexible thinking.

Dice Games

Easy family friendly dice games to build fluency with sums and differences.

K-3 Reasoning

You Cubed at Home

A collection of rhome-friendly resources and tasks for all grades for students to explore and learn math in rich and creative ways. 

WODB.ca

A website dedicated to Which One Doesn’t Belong. Share and image and have your child discuss why each of the four images doesn’t belong.

Math Before Bed

A bank of images to transform numeracy discussions in your classroom and at home

You Cubed at Home

A collection of rhome-friendly resources and tasks for all grades for students to explore and learn math in rich and creative ways. 

K-3 Problem Solving

Math for Love Tasks

Rich tasks that engage students through puzzlement. Tasks can be searched by grade level.

Nrich Maths at home

Engaging rich tasks, problems and games to try at home with your child

4-6 Numeracy

In grades 4-6 the focus of numeracy learning at home should be on strengthening understanding of number concepts. Students in grades 4-6 still need practice with fluency and flexibility with addition and subtraction while the focus of new learning is around multiplication, division and whole-part relationships. Games and puzzles are great ways to support your grade 4-6 child in numeracy at home in addition to the learning assigned by their teacher.  Students should also make connections to math in their everyday life such as comparing prices or measuring

    • Games and puzzles are great ways to engage both students and parents at home.
    • Reasoning and problem solving tasks that students explore with both independently, with their parents or online with their peers are important opportunities for students to talk about math using visuals and images is a great way to encourage mathematical communication at home.
    • Provide opportunities for hands on learning is tricky in an online environment so encourage your students to make their own manipulatives and use virtual tools as it is still key that students have a chance to connect and show multiple representations of their understanding
    • Encourage. your students to make connections to math in their everyday life for example through real life contexts, cooking, designing and building in their home environment

Below are our some of our favourite resources to help you design learning for your grade 4-6 students.

 

4-6 Fluency

Factors and Multiples Game

An interactive or paper game exploring factors and multiples.

Math Facts @ Home

RVS Math Facts at Home page. Full of practical and engaging games and resources to support your child with learning addition and subtraction facts

Solvemoji
Solvemoji puzzles encourage children to work flexibly with addition and subtraction. Select Junior Level 1-3 or higher for puzzles with addition and subtraction. Remember, it’s not about speed but flexible thinking.

Dice Games

Easy family friendly dice games to build fluency with sums and differences.

4-6 Reasoning

You Cubed at Home

A collection of rhome-friendly resources and tasks for all grades for students to explore and learn math in rich and creative ways. 

Math Before Bed

A bank of images to transform numeracy discussions in your classroom and at home

Would You Rather

Engaging contexts to prompt students to reason and use mathematics to make decisions.

4-6 Problem Solving

Ted Ed Math Lessons

Browse hundreds of TED-Ed Animations designed to spark the curiosity of your learners. You’ll also video-based lessons organized by the subject.

Math for Love Tasks

Rich tasks that engage students through puzzlement. Tasks can be searched by grade level.

Nrich Maths at home

Engaging rich tasks, problems and games to try at home with your child

7-9 Numeracy

In grades 7-9 the focus of numeracy learning at home should be on deepening understanding of number relationships as well building fluency with algebra and fractions. Students in grades 7-9 still need practice with multiplication and division fact fluency, and new learning is around the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages as well as ratio, rate and proportional reasoning. In grade 7 students begin to add and subtract integers and fractions and then multiply and divide them in grade 8. In grade 9 students explore rational numbers. Students will also deepen their understanding of patterns, relations and algebra through representing relationships in multiple ways and solving for unknowns. 

    • Games and puzzles are great ways to engage both students and parents at home.
    • Reasoning and problem solving tasks that students explore with both independently, with their parents or online with their peers are important opportunities for students to talk about math using visuals and images is a great way to encourage mathematical communication at home.
    • Provide opportunities for hands on learning is tricky in an online environment so encourage your students to make their own manipulatives and use virtual tools as it is still key that students have a chance to connect and show multiple representations of their understanding
    • Encourage. your students to make connections to math in their everyday life for example through real life contexts, cooking, designing and building in their home environment

Below are our some of our favourite resources to help you design learning for your grade 7-9 students.

 

7-9 Fluency

Math Facts @ Home

RVS Math Facts at Home page. Full of practical and engaging games and resources to support your child with learning addition and subtraction facts

Solvemoji
Solvemoji puzzles encourage children to work flexibly with addition and subtraction. Select Junior Level 1-3 or higher for puzzles with addition and subtraction. Remember, it’s not about speed but flexible thinking.

Factors and Multiples Game

An interactive or paper game exploring factors and multiples.

7-9 Reasoning

Would You Rather

Engaging contexts to prompt students to reason and use mathematics to make decisions.

7-9 Problem Solving

Chewable Math

A website by Fawn Nguyen dedicated to exploring the math in food labels. 

Math for Love Tasks

Rich tasks that engage students through puzzlement. Tasks can be searched by grade level.

Nrich Maths at home

Engaging rich tasks, problems and games to try at home with your child

Ted Ed Math Lessons

Browse hundreds of TED-Ed Animations designed to spark the curiosity of your learners. You’ll also video-based lessons organized by the subject.

You Cubed at Home

A collection of rhome-friendly resources and tasks for all grades for students to explore and learn math in rich and creative ways. 

Assessment

Assessment is tricky at the best of times and even more difficult when our students are learning at home. The majority of our time should be spent providing timely, actionable feedback (formative assessment) to support student learning. Here are some resources and professional learning sessions to help you navigate math assessment during the Covd-19 pandemic.

 

RVS Numeracy Assessment at Home

RVS numeracy assessment while learning at home.slides from April 28 PL Session

Virtual Number Talks

Number talks and number strings are high impact instructional strategies that build fluency and reasoning with mental calculations. Online number talks may look a little bit different but are still a great way to engage students and parents in flexible and creative mathematical thinking.  Follow these links to learn more about number talks.

 

RVS Numeracy Virtual Number Talks

RVS numeracy team session on learning and implementing virtual number talks

Mathletics

Mathletics

The Numeracy Branch of the Learning Department has arranged to have Mathletics licences available for any Rocky View K-10 teachers who would like to use this tool with their students while schools are closed, until our existing licences expire in October 2020. Mathletics is the online digital platform for math that is being recommended by the Learning Department as we develop a learning continuity plan for RVS schools.

While a digital tool such as Mathletics does not replace designing intentional learning experiences and should not be the only math learning opportunity teachers will provide, it will allow teachers to provide students with opportunities to build fluency using a RVS approved tool in the absence of face-to-face learning experiences. Mathletics is aligned to the Alberta Program of Studies, and provides quality  activities that are designed to build conceptual understanding using multiple representations, and also provides opportunities to engage students in reasoning and problem solving. For more information or to set up your class contact the numeracy team.

Mathlateics have provided some PL for RVS teachers. Here are links to recordings of the Getting Started with Mathletics sessions.  Mathletics Gr K- 5 and Mathletics Gr 6-10

Mathletics

Mathletics supports learning for students  at home, through interactive activities, games and challenges.

 
 

 

Mathletics for parents video

A short video for parents on how to use and support their child with Mathletics

Numeracy Professional Learning Opportunities

RVS Numeracy Upcoming PL Opportunities

The RVS Numeracy team will be organising PL opportunities for K-12 teachers of math to support teaching and learning over the next couple of months.  Please register on the RVS PL System to get the Zoom links

 

RVS Numeracy PL Recordings

The RVS Numeracy team will be organising PL opportunities for K-12 teachers of math to support teaching and learning over the next couple of months.  Please register on the RVS PL System to get the Zoom links

Open and Parallel Tasks in Inclusive Math Classrooms K-9

How do we create inclusive math classrooms which create opportunities for all students to deepen their understanding of the big ideas in math at an accessible level? How do we use pre-assessment data to meet students where they are and to move learning forward?  This session will share examples of designing for all students using open and parallel tasks for students in K-9 classrooms. 

RVS Open and Parallel Tasks for Inclusive Math Classrooms

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Virtual Number Talks: K-8 Teachers

Number talks and number strings are high impact instructional strategies that build fluency and reasoning with mental calculations. Online number talks may look a little bit different but are still a great way to engage students and parents in flexible and creative mathematical thinking.  Join us to learn about number talks and number strings and see examples of how RVS teachers are making them work for at-home learning.  

RVS Virtual Number Talks Session Recording 

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Assessment of at Home Numeracy Learning: K-8 Teachers

Assessment is tricky at the best of times and even more difficult when our students are learning at home. The majority of our time should be spent providing timely, actionable feedback (formative assessment) to support student learning. Here are some resources and professional learning sessions to help you navigate math assessment during the Covd-19 pandemic.

RVS Equitable Numeracy Assessment in K-9 –Zoom Recording.

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Math Pre-assessment: K-9 Teachers

Pre-assessment of student understanding of big ideas and concepts in math will be more important than ever as we begin to consider what learning may look like next school year. Join the RVS numeracy team to explore the why, how and what of effective math pre-assessment. We will explore impactful pre-assessment tools, resources and pedagogical practices to find out where students are at with their understanding and how to use where students are at to move their learning forward to master grade level learning outcomes.

RVS Math Pre-Assessment in K-9 Recording

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Free External PL Opportunities

RVS Numeracy PL Opportunities

  • Please check the RVS PL Calendar for upcoming Numeracy Professional Learning Opportunities