Mathematics

Ms C Hicks, Math Coach
 


    The Samuel Huntington School uses the Everyday Math Program for grades PreK-5 and the Impact Math Program for the sixth grade. The NYS math standards are addressed through the use of these programs. We use the Rally Math, the Kaplan Math, and the NYS Math Coach books as supplements.

    Every student in grades PreK-6 is given a cumulative comprehensive math test in June to identify every state standard that they know and those that they need additional assistance with. The deficits are addressed during the AIS period and during the small group instruction during the math period.

    In addition to this every grade has a resource book of math portfolio pieces to use with the math lesson. We incorporate math with literacy and have created a Math Literature Resource Book for each grade which the teachers use to enrich their math lessons as well. To enhance the students writing and to practice for the NYS Math Test Book 2 we typed the NYS Sample Tasks onto labels and students responded to these in their Math Student Journal three times a week. 

    Friday is Math Game Day where students enjoy putting the math skills learned into practice in order to win the games from the Everyday Math Program, other math games, math software games, and those in the math websites. They then make an entry in their math journal reflecting the game, the strategies learned to win the game, etc.

    Level 1 students receive intensive tutoring two times a week during the school day and Level 2 and high Level 3 students once a week.

     This year we have focused on differentiating the math lesson by teaching to the students’ learning styles which they learned about through the Renzulli Learning Program. Teachers participate in professional development offered through Math Lunch & Learns and weekly common planning sessions where we analyze math data, look at student work, identify common math problems across the grade, etc.

    Some of the math highlights we have participated in are:
  • math poems published in the Creative Communication Contest
  • displays of math work, math artwork, and math poems entered in the Samuel Huntington Math Museum
  • fundraising through the St. Jude Math-A-Thon
  • P.S. 40 Q. Math Literacy Night
  • Fall Math Festival
  • The Math Jeopardy Contest   



    
    The Samuel Huntington Math Museum located off the Multicultural Wing on the fourth floor of P.S. 40 Q. features artwork in the style of artists who's work centers on math: M.C. Escher, one of his paintings was correlated to an article on Chisen Bop, a Korean system of place value, Thomas Parker Williams, and Crockett Johnson (we knew he wrote "Harold And The Purple Crayon" but we didn't know he was an artist too!).  Student Poems accompanied the artwork (some of them with a focus on math themes).  There is also artwork accompanied by math pieces created by students after reading Greg Tang's "Math-terpieces" (we try to integrate math with literature at every available opportunity). 

    The teachers' math quotes such as, “Math is like oxygen, we can't live without it." (Ms. H. Lewis), the students' original and creative math raps focusing on subjects such as polygons, lines, subtraction, square roots, multiplication, probability, different representations of numbers, math posters ( I especially like the "Math Rocks" poster), math stories (students wrote about their everyday math experiences such as shopping), and math analogies (circumference: circle = ?:rectangle) are also in the museum. 

    
Multicultural exhibits grace the museum: Roman numerals, Egyptian, Mayan, and Babylonian hieroglyphics (written in clay). February 14th, the Chinese New Year was celebrated through the creation of authentic math pieces such as the Chinese Rod numerals, ancient Chinese number characters, modern Chinese number characters (all used for place value), created an abacus, solved magic squares from the Chinese book “I Ching:The Book of Changes”, solved Pascal Triangle (which we learned that the Chinese were the first to develop), and solved fraction problems using tangrams after reading “Grandfather Tang's Triangle”. March 17th we celebrated St. Patrick's Day by creating math limericks and using symmetry to create Celtic Knot Art pieces. The notes from Irish songs (“In Dublin's Fair City") were used to add fractions. There are also entries that focus on the use of geometric patterns, similar to those found in nature, used in the braiding of African American hair, and the use of math squares by Africans. We feel that the more students learn about other cultures the more understanding they will have of those cultures and hence the more respect for all...

    
The museum also features compositions about famous mathematicians who faced prejudices and obstacles they had to overcome to achieve their doctorate degree, finish college, ....

    
There are math riddles and puzzles posted for anyone to solve.  Math challenges such as finding your favorite meal on a calorie counter list of famous franchises posted and then calculating how many minutes of exercise it would take you to burn off these calories.  There is an exhibit where you can use the scale to weigh yourself and then use the calculator to calculate your weight on other planets using the chart posted. An exhibit of math used in navigation with the posted chart of Morse Code and a challenge to "Crack The Code" of the message located at the bottom of one of the art pieces. There is a tape measure where visitors can measure their height and then convert it to feet and inches. A Math In Our Environment exhibit where students solve questions posed using the pictures of math examples from our environment, ..., a math archaeology dig site where students dig their hand in a tub of sand, feel the 3D shapes, and try to figure out what the shape is without removing it, and three dimensional graphs in the style of those located on Ellis Island using the data of P.S. 40 Q.

    
The museum is designed to celebrate the aesthetics of math, and its underlying principle of everything that touches our lives everyday as well as to celebrate our appreciation of this and our love of math as expressed through exhibits on display here. We welcome visitors to come to view and enjoy this wonderful enlightening experience!



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