After School Program at GIAC

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After School Program at GIAC On October 22, 2019, Math & Movement hosted an after school program for 11 students at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). The goal was to increase student performance and understanding of skip-counting and multiplication. As a bonus, students gained extra physical activity throughout the day.Hop To Multiplication!The program started with a pre-test to measure students’ math skills. As a group, they averaged 19% of correct answers. They learned the basketball and soccer ball movements as a warm-up to learn one-to-one correspondence and skip counting.Students then practiced skip counting by 3’s on our floor mats to solve multiplication problems. They jumped, hopped, and skipped to fill out a practice worksheet. They worked in pairs as part of a flexible grouping strategy, which improves social communication…
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Math & Movement Ten Frame Desk Sticker

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Math & Movement Game Boards Love our full size floor mats but want a smaller version for fun classroom games and activities? Try our new Math & Movement ten frame board game for fun math games and individual desk work. Our math game boards are designed for individual desk work. Each student gets their own reusable dry-erase compatible sticker to practice writing their numbers. They can also practice counting from 1 to 10 by tapping and counting on their desk. How to Use The Ten Frame Game Here’s an addition game to play with our Ten Frame Game Board! Have students write each number from 1 through 10 on their game boards using a dry-erase marker. Call out a number between 1 and 9. Have students draw a dot or…
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Math Manipulatives in the Classroom

Math Manipulatives in the Classroom

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Math Manipulatives in the Classroom What do blocks, colorful plastic teddy bears, and wooden shapes have in common? They're all math manipulatives! They can certainly make learning math more fun, but do they help students master mathematical concepts? The research points to YES! What Are Math Manipulatives? Math manipulatives are physical objects students can use to better understand abstract math concepts. These tools can serve many different purposes - plastic animals for counting; dice for multiplication; colorful shapes for geometry. Manipulatives help students conceptualize through counting, weighing, measuring, adding, and molding objects. The opportunity to simply see concrete representations of concepts can make all the difference in how well students understand math concepts. How Do They Work? Math is a highly abstract subject, and many students have trouble making sense…
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Holiday Fun Math Games

Holiday Fun Math Games

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Have Some Fun With These Holiday Math Games Deck the Halls, the Holiday Season is Upon Us! Colorful lights fill the neighborhood and delicious food fills our plates. Along with these holiday cheers, comes packed bellies and sleepy minds. As students are headed home for break, teachers can prepare simple math activities for them to share with their parents to keep their minds active over winter break. Active Math Movements are a perfect way to keep children entertained while also promoting healthy bodies and sharp minds. Math incorporated with movement and a sprinkle of holiday games could turn an unproductive break into a productive one! Keeping Kids Sharp During the Holidays Research shows that "students who have done something educational during the break are more energized when they come back…
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December 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Jennifer Coughlin

December 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Jennifer Coughlin

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December 2019 Teacher Spotlight Jennifer Coughlin K-5 Mathematics Coach and 5th/6th Grade Math Specialist George Fisher Middle School, Carmel Central School District, Carmel, NY How long have you been a teacher? I currently am a K-5 Mathematics Coach and 5th/6th grade Math Specialist at George Fisher Middle School in the Carmel Central School District (Carmel, NY). I just started my 24th year teaching. I have also taught kindergarten and third grade. How did you learn about Math & Movement? I learned about Math & Movement when I attended the New York City Mathematics Project Annual Conference last year and Suzy was the keynote speaker. I applied for both the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and Community Foundations grants and received $7,500. This allowed me to purchase various mats and attend the Math & Movement…
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Bring Math into Your Elementary Physical Education Lessons

Bring Math into Your Elementary Physical Education Lessons

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Bring Math Into Your Elementary Physical Education Lessons Physical education courses are vital because they give students the chance to get up from their desks, get their blood pumping, and have fun! Not only does physical exercise promote healthy bodies, but it also improves students' moods and ability to learn. Therefore, P.E. warms up students' bodies and brains! Although P.E. can serve as a productive break from the classroom, incorporating math into elementary physical education lesson plans can be a useful strategy to make learning fun and give students the exercise they need. How Movement Supports Math Learning Math might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of elementary P.E. lesson plans, but movement and math are actually fantastic partners! Exercise is often only thought…
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June 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Susana Garcia-Bech

June 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Susana Garcia-Bech

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June 2019 Teacher Spotlight Susana Garcia-Bech 5th Grade Math & Science Teacher Meadow Park Elementary School, Charlotte County Public Schools Port Charlotte, FL How long have you been a teacher? I teach 5th Grade Math and Science at Meadow Park Elementary School which is located in Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, Florida. I have been a teacher for 8 years. How did you learn about Math & Movement? I learned about Math & Movement through our PDC (Professional Development Center) that offered training for Math & Movement. How long have you been using Math & Movement in your classroom? I’ve been using Math & Movement for two years. What changes have you seen in your students since using Math & Movement? My students are more engaged and love learning new standards when they can move around and learn. What is your favorite floor mat and…
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March 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Lori Fitzgibbon

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March 2019 Teacher Spotlight Lori Fitzgibbon 1st and 2nd Grade AIS Math La Frances Hardiman Elementary SchoolWyandanch, NYHow long have you been a teacher?I have been a teacher for 26 years. I have taught from 1st grade to 5th grade. I have been in the Wyandanch School District for 15 years.How did you learn about Math & Movement?I first learned about Math & Movement from the conference, How to Make Math Count.  This year we held a Math & Movement Family Fun Night at our school and then we held a PD for our teachers after school.How long have you been using Math & Movement in your classroom?I have been using Math & Movement for about a month. My students are gaining lots of confidence and are becoming fluent in math concepts that they struggled with before.What changes have you seen in your…
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February 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Steve Orozco

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February 2019 Teacher Spotlight Steve Orozco Physical Education Teacher, PreK - 2nd Grade  New York City Public School 228 The Ivan Lafayette Early Childhood School of the Arts - "The Little School with a Heart" How long have you been a teacher?I have been teaching for over 15 years.How did you learn about Math & Movement?I went to a session on Math & Movement at Shape America's 95th Annual Eastern District Conference at Atlantic City in May 2016. Suzy Koontz, Math & Movement founder, was the speaker of the very engaging presentation.How long have you been using Math & Movement in your classroom?I have been using Math & Movement with my PE students at PS 228 since the start on the 2017-2018 school year.What changes have you seen in your students since using Math & Movement?Children are more focused in class; They are motivated…
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January 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Fallon Walton

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January 2019 Teacher Spotlight  Fallon WaltonK-6 Math SpecialistBlue Creek & LoudonvilleElementary Schools North Colonie CSD, New York How long have you been a teacher?I have been teaching for 12 years. I was a Special Ed teacher for 9 Years and the last 3 years I have been a Math Specialist.How did you learn about Math & Movement?I went to a free Math & Movement Workshop two years ago.How long have you been using Math & Movement in your classroom?I’ve been using Math & Movement for two years.What changes have you seen in your students since using Math & Movement?I have seen students use the skip counting clapping or tapping movements to help them with their multiplication facts when working on some problems or taking a test. I have also seen students more engaged and confident in math since using the Math & Movement…
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