Focus on Math

Helping children become mathematicians!

Math Camp 2012: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 September 4, 2012

The three days of Math Camp last week went very well. We did a lot of problem solving, looked at Universal Design for Learning (UDL), as well as took away some great resource books.

As you begin a new school year with students, remember that it is important to build a community of problem solvers. Students need to feel safe in the classroom or they will not want to take the risks involved in trying to solve problems. They need to learn some strategies and tools that will help them solve problems, problems which are challenging enough to make them think, but not so challenging that they have no entry point for individual students. In fact, problems with multiple entry points are needed. This is where UDL comes into the picture.

I promised some clean copies of things we used during the sessions, so I will post those here. I will also add links to some of the reference pages we referred to during the sessions. Remember that the Marcy Cook samples all came from her website, and that I “reduced” the size from the original to fit two activities on a page. Thus for the smaller versions of the activities we used the smaller version of the 0-9 digits.

Marcy Cook sample page #1 K-2

Marcy Cook sample page #2 K-2

Marcy Cook sample page #1 gr 3-5

Marcy Cook sample page #2 gr 3-5

Marcy Cook sample page #1 gr 6-8

Marcy Cook sample page #2 gr 6-8

0-9 digit sheet — 1 inch squares

0-9 digit sheet — 3/4 inch squares

Link to Marcy Cook’s website

Four 4’s recording page

Climb the Ladder sheet primary

Climb the Ladder sheet intermediate

Link to Universal Design for Learning material

If I have forgotten something, let me know and I will add it to the post.
Otherwise, I hope you were able to take away from the sessions some ideas you can use immediately as you begin this new school year!

Happy new year!
Mathematically yours,


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