Category Archives: OMSK

Deck the Halls

Christmas Math is spilling out into the hallways of our schools!
Check out OMSK’s Grade 3 Christmas scenes, complete with measured houses and conical conifers!
Then scroll further to see the stacked measurements of ILTO’s Grade 2 Christmas tree towers. 
Scrunched inbetween are some reindeer, with complete instructions on how to make one yourself!
Now that’s combining numeracy and literacy in a fun, festive way.

Titanic Tangrams

Miss Powless’ fabulous fours and fives 
created these Titanic renderings using Tangram shapes
and the SMART Notebook software.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th (or 4th) Grader?

 Miss Powless’ grade 4/5 class at OMSK recently created their own geometric solids.
They were able to design, build, name and describe their shapes.
 Here, some students proudly display their design, 
along with their label sheet of how many vertices and faces
each shape had, along with the shape of the base.

 Another assignment had them construct 
three dimensional shapes from a net.

 Can’t quite make this next photo rotate properly.
But with 3D shapes, does it matter the orientation?
What great work this class did.
Even more impressive was their ability to describe
their shape orally using precise mathematical terminology.
Way to go, Miss Powless!!

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.

Haunted Math Houses

Spooky math is happening in Mrs. D. Hill’s grade 3 classroom at OMSK.  Students were each given a milk carton, which they then had to measure accurately with their rulers.  Next, they had to use those measurements to cut out the right size covering for their haunted houses.  Like any proper contractor, the measurements had to be designed to fit perfectly, so that the milk carton was completely covered, with no overlap or insides showing.  Take a look at these amazing Haunted Houses. I bet Mike Holmes would claim that Mrs. D. Hill’s class knows how to “Make it Right!”