We are happy to announce the addition of a new activity style to Primary Mathletics – rich learning activities. These activities will include a variety of open-ended questions, problem-solving and reasoning tasks. Carefully designed to build conceptual understanding, they each contain the following elements:
- A prompt, usually a video, which engages the learner and provides important visual cues.
- An interactive, which students manipulate to explore the mathematical concept and solve the problem.
- Teacher notes, providing curricular connections, questions to facilitate learning and ways to scaffold and extend the learning.
- And a printable page, which students can use if they are solving the problem off-line.
– Students have access to both the question and video
– They manipulate the interactive and record their thinking…
– … and receive instant feedback with their thinking captured on screen.
In this initial release, teachers will access these resources through the eBook or Lessons sections. Each activity is matched to an eBook topic and is colour coded for easy identification. Independent student access will follow.
This positioning makes them easy for class use on interactive white boards and means we can roll out activities quickly and efficiently. We will gather feedback on both the activities and their placement and use this to inform future development.
Our New Contributing Author
We are pleased to announce that this new development will also showcase activities from Professor Marian Small. Marian is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick (Canada). She has been a professor of mathematics education for many years and is a regular speaker on K-12 mathematics throughout Canada and the US.
She is the author of many resources, including:
Making Math Meaningful for Canadian Students: K-8
Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Grades 4-8; Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Grades K- 3; Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Grades 9- 12
Good Questions: A Great Way to Differentiate Math Instruction K-8 More Good Questions: A Great Way to Differentiate Secondary Math Instruction (for grades 6 – 12)
Eyes on Math
Leaps and Bounds for Grades 3 – 4, 5 – 6 and 7 – 8
You can identify Marian’s activities by her logo which will appear on the icon for each activity in the eBook section and at the start of each video.