First Six Weeks: Maths

Week Essential question Action
Week 1/2 Who are we as mathematicians? Find out about your students’ attitude to Maths

  • What do they like & not like about Maths/two stars and a wish for Maths/ questionnaire to document their present feelings about Maths. Keep for future reference.
  • Explicitly teach how to organise Maths work. Maths book expectations. Create anchor chart.
  • Decorate Maths journals.
  • Grade K-2: Youcubed Week of Inspirational Maths  Week 3 Day 4 Team building-string shapes; Week 3 Day 5 Maths game-Game of Totals
  • Grade 3-5: Youcubed Week of Inspirational Maths  Week 3 Day 4 Team building-string shapes; Week 3 Day 2 Maths game-Game of Totals
  • Interactively model a Maths game-see Nrich games for suggestions
Week 3 What productive dispositions do we want to see in Maths? Make productive dispositions visible

  • Grades 3-5: Youcubed Week of Inspirational Maths  Week 1 Day 1 Honouring Everyone’s Ideas-Four 4s
  • Grades K-2: Youcubed Week of Inspirational Maths  Week 2 Day 4 Speed is not important-Conjectures, creativity and uncertainty. Folding shapes
  • Grades 3-5: Youcubed Week of Inspirational Maths Week 2 Day 4 Speed is not important-Conjectures, creativity and uncertainty. Generating number strings.
  • Agree on Maths Norms, e.g. Jo Boaler’s Norms in the Maths class or What makes a good mathematician? or 8 math practices of Jedi masters or create a ‘Looks like…Sounds like…. Students’ job…. Teachers’ job….’ Make anchor chart-add to it as ideas come up
  • Interactively model Maths Morning Meeting (see individual grade OneNote notebooks-Morning Meetings)
Week 4 How do we ensure that we are always learning (1)?

Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion A: Knowing and understanding

Math Criteria PYP student version

Week 5 How can we improve our communication in Maths? Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion C: Communication  Math Criteria PYP student version

Week 6 How do we ensure that we are always learning in Maths (2)? Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion B: Pattern Math Criteria PYP student version

Week 7 How do we solve Maths problems?

Introduce Maths Assessment Criterion D: Approach to Problem-solving

Math Criteria PYP student version