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Math Event for Grades 3 and 4: Multiplication and Division Strategies
This curriculum from Oregon State University contains all the tools a teacher or administrator needs to organize a family math program for third- and fourth-grade classes. At the event, a presenter (who can be a teacher or volunteer) leads student-parent groups through a series of games and activities designed to develop concepts and strategies for learning basic multiplication and division facts, as well as solving larger problems. The focus is on listening to children’s mathematical thinking. The presenter goes out into the audience to interview children about their strategies, and parents learn to adjust the level of each game to match their child’s ability. Families take home directions for playing the games (and many additional games), which all use playing cards, and also receive a handout with guidance on “making your child mathematically powerful.” The materials on the website include the presenter’s PowerPoint slides and a guide for timing the presentation, a check list for organizing the event, blacklines for making the board games, and the parents’ handouts, which are available in English and Spanish. The curriculum can be used with one or several classrooms during the school day or in the evening.
Program Director: Daniel Arp, Ph.D.
Award Years: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Summary: Oregon State University is a public research university in Corvallis, Oregon. Its HHMI-funded educational initiatives include:
- The Science Education Partnerships program, a K-12 science outreach effort that improves science and math education for teachers throughout the state and also provides alternative ways for children and families to make science an interesting part of family activities;
- Undergraduate summer research programs with formalized mentoring of students, a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, and research opportunities for students at Pacific Northwest schools and schools populated with traditionally underrepresented groups in science; and
- The SMILE STARS (Study Techniques, Academics, and Research Skills) program, which offers an eight-week intensive summer bridge program for selected high school graduates before their first year at OSU.