It’s Monday, January 19, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 4-18 (Grades K-12 approximately, with parental supervision)
This website provides a way to assess a student’s mathematical comprehension and skills through an assortment of interesting and fun math activities. The website description follows:
From 1993 to 2003, the Balanced Assessment in Mathematics Program existed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The project group developed a large collection of innovative mathematics assessment tasks for grades K to 12, and trained teachers to use these assessments in their classrooms. The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site.
When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction. To go directly to the math activities, scroll down to the section titled, “Our Library of Assessment Tasks.” There, you can click on a grade range to see all of the math activities archived for that range, or you can sample one of three “favorite tasks.” We chose to sample one task in each grade range and were surprised by how innovative and thought-provoking they were. The menu selection by grade range and the favorites in each category include:
- Primary (K to 2): Shirts in the Mirror, Dot-to-Dot, TV Shows
- Elementary (3 to 5): Fermi Four, Gardens of Delight, Broken Calculators
- Transition (5 to 7): Hockey Pucks, Bricks for Books, Crazy Clocks
- Middle School (6 to 8): Walkway, Confetti Crush, Fractured Subtraction
- High School, Basic: Granada and Ferrari, Oops! Glass Top, Postcards from the Falls
- High School: Ostrich and Seahorse, Bumpy-Ness, Fermi Estimates II
- High School, Advanced: Para-Ball-A, Red Dots, Blue Dots, Dart Boards
- Technology-based (7 to 12): Full of Beans, Twinkle, Twinkle, Detective Stories
You can see that the titles of the math activities are engaging and inspire curiosity. All of the activities require students to display inventiveness in bringing together disparate elements of what they know in order to solve the problem, and often there will be more than one correct approach and/or answer. Every activity comes with a solution and scoring rubric. There is detailed information at the site for how to use the materials to assess a student’s comprehension and ability as well.
Whether you want to assess your child’s math skills or not, the activities here are more interesting, challenging and enjoyable than the usual math fare. Everything is printable so you can do the activities offline.