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Math Night
Posted by:Amanda K #11387

Once a year, the whole school does a Math Night wherein each teacher sets up a grade-level math project in his/her classroom. The topics of the projects are given to the parents, and the parents pick three that they want to attend, and rotate among their choices in a block schedule. It runs from about 6:30 to 8. We set it up so that the students are competing against their parents in the projects. For example, I found one of those pattern block books with designs that the students use as puzzles with the pattern blocks. I had a tough one for the adults and an easier one for the kids, and they raced each other to see who could finish first. The projects grew more complicated through the grade levels, of course.

Before the rotations start, everyone meets in the cafeteria, where there is a jar full of...

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Family Math Night
Posted by:teach2all #118654

We have a family math night each year. One of our most popular events is the restaurant. We make up menus, set up tables and chairs and have bags of money already made up (simple for k-2 and more difficult for 3-5). Teachers play hostess and seat families, other teachers are wait staff and write up orders on a pad, other teachers are cashiers (with play registors). After an order is written up the student/family adds the total bill and takes it to the cashier to pay for it.

We have also had a store. We hung ropes throughout the pod and attached pictures of items with a price on an index card. The students/families are given a bag of money (again along the lines of their ability) and they shop for items without going over that price. They take their "purchases" to the cashiers and count out the correct...

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measurement for parents night
Posted by:Betty Ann Dhein #54511

When our team of second grade teachers had Math Night we had the parents and children measure their height and then their width (measure outstretched arms from one hand to the other including fingertips). Then you make a graph to record the results. Either square (equal measurements), tall rectangle (taller than wide) or wide rectangle (wider than tall). The children enjoyed the process and so did the parents. They had fun adding their names to the chart. You can have long pieces of string if you don't have enough tape measures. The length doesn't matter as much as the concept.

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Math Night
Posted by:missd #143073

Our math night at school was designed around specific skills for each grade level and then tied into a theme. We had multiplication and division with the theme insects. Our make and take was edible insects. The instructions for making them were written including multiplication and division problems. (Add 4X3 legs, or 16 divided by 4 antennae) We used licorice strings, gumdrops, marshmellows, etc. The children also wrote their own instructions for imaginary insects using the math problems. I think we used 100 Hungry Ants as one of the read aloud stories. It was alot of fun seeing everyone's creations.

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I did Tangrams....
Posted by:salem #143072

In one of my classes for grad school we had to put on a Math Night for a local elementary school. My partner and I did tangrams. We cut out tangrams from foam sheets in all different colors, placed them in baggies, and made copies of different tangram animal shapes and the basic square. We also set out the book "Grandfather Tang's story."

Our booth was FULL as kids and adults triied to get those pieces back into a square or make the shape--and they swore we were missing a piece or had too many!

The tangrams were a hit---it did take us a while to cut them all out, but the foam was pretty cheap and easy to cut!

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love family math night!!!
Posted by:gaither3 #143070

we have family math night twice a year for each grade level at our school. one good idea is that when parents sign in, we usually have them use a venn diagram to sign in with thier children. the venn usually has something to do with the season or something going on in the world (i.e. a double venn could say i completed a picture book this summer, i completed a chapter book this summer). after parents, kids, family signs in we have a wall with about 4 math related trivia questions and sticky notes. the kids and parents take a guess at answering these questions (i.e. questions may be something like - how many white keys are on a piano, etc. some are really hard and some are fairly easy). we use these to give out door prizes at the end of the math night. one of the teachers at...

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another math family fun night!
Posted by:rray #143074

I have a Fun Night coming up...I am riding in on the theme the Title 1 Reading teacher did in the fall...she had an all-nighter on a night that the meteor showers were out...So, I am doing an hour, hour and a half Math Night Among the Stars.
Activities so far:
1. Ordered Pair graphs for some constellations.
2. Asteroid toss (Through holes in a refrigerator box rocket) (Addition of points, comparison with others.)
3. A game that I am making up based on "Get Off My Bridge!" Involving counting on, counting back...I think I will call it, "Shoot for the nearest Planet" or ...if I am in a certain mood, I am tempted to say "Get Off My Planet!" (LOL)
4. Cover the rocket with Attribute blocks
5. Make a rocket with Interlinking Plastic triangles.
I am looking for different idea...anyone have any...

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Math night
Posted by:tweet #143071

We started doing Math night 3 years ago. I approached my principal with the idea, thinking it would just be for my grade level-third. She okayed the plan, then came back and wanted to expand it to be school-wide. So we did.

Ours is sort of like a Halloween carnival. Every teacher has math activities in their rooms. Families roam from room to room participating in all kinds of activities. We originally had activities that could be replicated at home with materials around the house. This year, though, was our first with a theme "We're Buggy about Math" or "Critter Crazy for Math". (We called it both things.)

The first year our activities ran the gamut from making pattern necklaces out of fruit loops to money activities using supermarket coupons to making Mancala games from egg cartons. The kids got lots of things to take...

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Re: Family Math Night
Posted by:Mr. K #143076

I usually do a Math O' Lanterns night closer to Halloween. Each family that attends gets a pumpkin and then they find the circumference, diameter and radius. They name their pumpkin, write its attributes, weigh it, measure its height, etc. They then post the data on a large chart and make bar graphs about the data of their choice. During the second part of the evening, they estimate and then count the seeds...another opportunity for a graph. Then they carve it geometrically. they then share either in writing or in verbal form their geometric shapes. Families love it.

I also have done a math rotation with task cards set up around the room. Families travel around the room and answer the questions. We have also made tangrams out of craft foam and completed activities using them. We do calculator races...parents against students, logic problems, facts quizzes...

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Family Math Night
Posted by:misslisa5730 #77628

I am the Math Coordinator for our school, and last year we had a successful family math night. I contacted the Math coordinator for the district and had her come and start the evening off as a guest speaker. She talked about the new math program our district has adopted and answered any questions our parents had about it.
After the speaker, parents were invited to visit several classrooms where teachers had set up math experiences: a math bingo room, math logic game room, two rooms dedicated to books available that were math related (one room had math related fiction books, and the other had math tutorial books for students and parents), and we had our computer lab opened so parents could view the math related software students used in school.

In the hallways, I had recruited...

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math night
Posted by:lmh #68445

Have you considered using activities with the newspaper? For our math night one year, our local paper sent a rep from NIE, Newspapers in Education. There are things you can do for math and literature nights. it can cover addition, subtraction, statistics, etc. so there is a wide age range. We also had each class post a graph that the families had to fill out with post-it notes. Something simple like favorite kind of movie, or candy bar, or number of people in your household. Then each class had an estimation jar of some kind and we used these as door prizes for those who came closest. The library even had a guess the amount of books contest. you could also have stations to measure and weigh things. We like to combine books with everything, so using the M&M's counting book or Hershey book is great. Also the tangram...

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Re: Family Math Night
Posted by:tammynj #143075

My team-teacher put together a really great Family Math Night last year for our 5th graders. It was very well-attended and the kids had a good time. It also looked great for the school!

She had it set up so that parents worked at a "station" with their child. More than one pair could be at each station. She had puzzles, logic questions, tangrams, and stuff like that. She also recreated her office at home, by sectioning off part of the floor with the exact dimensions of her room at home. The kids had to arrange the room so that her furniture fit in it (there was no real furniture there, of course, she just gave them the dimensions and let them work it out. They really liked that. She also had a "supermarket" area (w/ recycled boxes and containers that we teachers had been bringing...

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Ours was a success
Posted by:Carrie in WV #143077

We called ours an "Old-Fashioned Pi Supper"...we served every kind of pie immaginable and the students ran the "store". Pies were purchased in fractional form and the kids had to do the math: 1/8 of a pie was 1/2 of a dollar and stuff like that.

We also had stations that each teacher monitored. Parents could go to any or all of the stations. Mine was about how to measure Pi. I read the book, "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" and then we had different size circles for the kids to use to measure pi. It was fun and the positive comments were plenty.

We rotate between a reading night and a math night every year. I think this year we are going to focus on the 100th day of school--and the 1000th day of school for our 5th graders.

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Family Math Night
Posted by:Tracy #21295

I did a Family Math Night in the library, which I worked in after school. It went so well, I thought about doing it for my 4th graders. Many of the activities involved cooperative grouping, which was great because it got everyone involved and everyone talking with one another. The activities I used came from a book called "Family Math." The book is great. It has cooperative actvities kids can use for every area you teach. It also uses critical thinking skills. If you are interested, it is authored by Jean Kerr Stenmark, Virginia Thompson, and Ruth Cossey. It is published by Lawrence Hall of Science.


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