Week 2: Grades K-2

Day 1
The Many Ways We See Mathematics (Grades K-2)

Day 1 begins with a film that explains how our brains grow and change. After the film all grade level students are asked to do the same dot card number talk. We chose this because we believe all learners should experience the different ways we see and visualize numbers. We use these number talks with people of all ages including college students and CEO’s of companies; they are powerful and thought provoking. For K-2 the dot card is followed by a new collection of finger activities. We also included a rich activity that shows students another open and creative way to try to fill an area with squares.

Content: Number sense, finger discrimination, number representations

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Day 2
Mistakes are Beautiful Things (Grades K-2)

Day 2 begins with a film explaining that mistakes are powerful. For K-2 day 2 begins with one of our favorite activities, seeing numbers visually. You may remember our number visual page from last year. We have added some questions and adapted the activities for K-2.

Content: Factors, multiples, prime numbers, number relationships, representing numbers

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Day 3
When you Believe, Amazing Things Happen (Grades K-2)

Day 3 begins with a film showing students that the beliefs they have about themselves and their learning potential changes the way their brain works. K-2 day 3 is about understanding a graph without numbers. Students will experience a graph that has cute little emoji’s placed in order. After students interpret the graph they will have a chance to create graphs of their own.

Content: Number line representation, graphical interpretation, represent and interpret data

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Day 4
Conjectures, Creativity and Uncertainty (Grades K-2)

Day 4 begins with a film that shares a very important message for all math learners, speed is not important in mathematics learning and success. K-2 will experience a visual and tactile task where they fold paper to make shapes. All Hail the Elephant!

Content: Area, rectangles, squares, triangles, estimation, describing shapes and spaces, shape composition and decomposition

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Day 5
Engaging Our Visual Pathways (Grades K-2)

Day 5 starts with a film showing students the importance of thinking about maths visually. K-2 will make visual shapes by combining 4 isosceles right triangles following a few constraints. This task provides students with an opportunity to see and use cubic measures, connecting them with abstract mathematical expressions. You can easily extend this task beyond one class period and we have shared some ideas for doing that.

Content: Triangles, shape composition and decomposition, describing shapes and spaces

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