Maths by Month – September
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It’s a new school year! And with it comes the first in a new series of posts designed to explore the Operation Maths topics on a month-by-month basis, giving teachers greater insights into the concepts at hand, when they are most relevant.
In each monthly overview, there will be links to other topic-specific posts and articles, as well as a whole host of extra suggestions, links etc. To ensure you don’t miss out on any future Maths by Month blog-posts, please subscribe to the blog via email, on the top right hand of this page.
Operation Maths Jr Infs to 2nd classes:
- Early Mathematical Activities (EMA) is the sole strand of Junior Infants for this month and the initial focus of Senior Infants. NRICH has a very comprehensive suite of activities and suggestions for early years, of which Socks, Packing, Collecting and Baskets are particularly relevant to this strand. The Ready Set Go Maths programme also has a whole suite of suitable activities.
- Number: counting & analysis of number in Senior Infants and Number: counting and numeration in 1st & 2nd classes both require similar skills, although the range of numbers will differ. Senior Infants will revise numbers to 5, 1st class will revise numbers to 10 and move on to the initial teen numbers, while 2nd class will revise numbers within 20 initially before expanding this to within 100. The Operation Maths frames are invaluable tools for this topic. Two informative blog-posts are Count on Me and Show Me. These one-minute videos from Origo Education, aimed at teachers, are also very useful:
- Number: operations for First and Second classes will also be looking at addition and subtraction, within the limits of familiar numbers. The Operation Maths frames will once again prove invaluable here. Also recommended is this set of videos, again from Origo One, listed below. You may also notice that many of the strategies being demonstrated in these videos are the same as those used in Number Talks (for more on Number Talks, please see the end of this page):
- First and Second classes will also be looking at ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc) in Number: Comparing and Ordering. There is a list of online interactive games here and there are lots of useful videos on YouTube etc; just search for “ordinal numbers”.
- Operation Maths users can also access a class specific, month-by-month list of relevant links and online resources via the Weblinks document, accessible on www.edcolearning.ie.
- Log into your edcolearning account
- Click on the At School Book for your class level.
- Click on the Edco Resources icon (on book cover image on left-hand side)
- Select Weblinks from list of categories and then click to download the document.
- Also accessible on www.edcolearning.ie. are the custom-made digital resources to support these topics. These will all be viewable when you click on the Edco Resources icon as directed above.
Operation Maths 3rd to 6th classes:
Click on each link below to access more in-depth information and links on each of the topics for this month.
- Place Value (3rd-6th)
- Lines and Angles (3rd-6th)
- Representing and Interpreting Data (3rd & 4th)
- 2-D Shapes (5th & 6th)
Other suggestions for September:
- Check out the “Maths and me” attitudes questionnaire, situated after the last assessment in the Operation Maths Pupil Assessment booklet for 3rd to 6th classes. Suggest to the children that they fill this using a particular colour on one of the first days of the school year to be then revisited later in the year. At this point, the children can again record their attitudes in a different colour and reflect upon any changes they made, if any.
- Maths about me: another great activity for the start of a new school year. The children write facts about themselves that are appropriate to their ability eg height, age, shoe size, telephone number, distance from school (use google maps), time that they get up or go to bed etc. This can be recorded on the inside front cover of the discovery book, filled in on a pre-made template from the internet, used to make a large class display or even become a more complex problem solving activity in the more senior classes.
- Inspire your class for the year ahead: Most people have this belief that there is such a thing as a maths brain, a belief which Jo Boaler, among others, strongly challenges. In conjunction with her youcubed team at Stanford University, in 2015 they put together resources, videos etc for a Week of Inspirational Maths and followed that up with a Week of Inspirational Maths 2 and 3 in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The latter two have lessons and activities aimed at infants to 6th, as well as second level. Click on the link for an overview of the activities in Week of Inspirational Math, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to access all the resources; K-2 roughly align with Infants to 2nd and Grades 3-5 roughly align with 3rd-6th classes.
- New year, new initiative! Number Talks is an excellent maths methodology that is gaining traction globally, and more recently, nationally thanks to the promotion of the PDST. Better still, the rationale behind it aligns itself very closely with the underlying principle of Operation Maths, that is teaching children to understand maths, not just do maths. To find out more about number talks and to access a whole suite of ready-made resources for all class levels just click on the link above.