Category Archives: Family Math Night

Try your hand (or head) at the Daily SET puzzle.  This is quite the game, presented to the OMCA group by Dr. Daniel Jarvis.  It is available at Scholar’s Choice, Chapters, as well as an iPad app.  To try the Daily SET puzzle, click here for the website.


OMSK Math Night

 OMSK had a spooky math night on Monday night.
Students were given a sticker book to collect stickers
as they visited each math station.

 One station had students trying out some computer math games
at the Primary level.  (Most of these sites can be found as links
on the side of this blog—except DreamBox Learning, which is
a paid subscription website from Pearson Education.)
 Mrs. DeMille assists a batty girl with a maze quest.

 Another station had addition and subtraction bowling.
Students had to knock down pins and either add or subtract
the numbers on the pins knocked down.
 The gym had a lot of activities, with a coffin full of goodies
in the centre of the gym.

 The ghoulish mini-putt had some spooky clubs for students to use.
(Not to mention the scary redneck handing out the clubs.)

 A Junior station gave students a puzzling cube construction
with manipulatives to reconstruct the cube.

 Measurement was explored by using a measuring tape
to take measurements of a vampire and a witch.

 Creepy Cup Bounce had students bouncing a ping pong ball
into numbered cups and adding up their total.

 Math hangman (skeleton man) was played,
using math vocabulary such as “mean” and “subitizing”.
(Bonus points to Mrs. Martin Abel for using her new vocab
from First Steps in Mathematics training that day.)

 SMARTboard problem solving was also on display.

OMSK Family Math Night

i had the pleasure of being amongst the OMSK community at their Family Math night. Despite some blustery weather blowing in sleet and freezing rain, there was an excellent turnout. Parents, guardians and their children were treated to some very fun (and secretly educational) math activities.

There were many great stations set up by over a dozen staff members, with activities ranging from the primary division to the intermediate level. Unfortunately, i was not able to attend and see all of them, as i did have my own activities to run. Some of the highlights i was able to view included some awesome centers in Mr. Anderson’s room, a fun use of manipulatives (miras and pattern blocks to teach fractions) presented by Mrs. MacLeod, and a concentration memory game (to help kids learn their numbers and the corresponding written form) being played by Mrs. Reuban. i also heard that the parents of several grade 8 students were involved in a problem solving activity that their own children had completed in class. Not sure how the parents measured up to the students in that task.

An unexpected surprise and treat was a teacher appreciation package, along with some cake, to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. These were handed out by Ms. Brant and the OMSK Home and School.

All in all, it was a fun night of learning math through games, problem solving, and hands on activities. Parents and students and teaching staff all had smiles on their faces and an increased capacity of math understanding. Way to go, OMSK community!!!