Host Family Math Nights at your middle school—starting today! Family Math Nights are a great way for teachers to get parents involved in their children’s education and to promote math learning outside of the classroom. In this practical book, you’ll find step-by-step guidelines and activities to help you bring Family Math Nights to life. The enhanced second edition is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Content and Practice with new activities to help students explain their answers and write about math. It also comes with ready-to-use handouts that you can distribute during your event. With the resources in this book, you’ll have everything you need to help students learn essential math concepts—including ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability—in a fun and supportive environment.
- The book is organized by math content, so you can quickly find activities that meet your needs.
- Each activity is easy to implement and includes a page of instructions educators can use to prepare the station, as well as a page for families that explains the activity and can be photocopied and displayed at the station.
- All of the family activities can be photocopied or downloaded from our website, www.routledge.com/9781138200999, so that you can distribute them during your event.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
About Taylor-Cox Instruction
About the Illustrator
Chapter 1 Introduction
Why should our school have Family Math Night?
How is the book organized?
How are the activities connected to the Common Core State Standards?
Why should we use manipulatives in mathematics?
Why is "Get Students Talking About Math" included?
Why is there a challenge for each activity?
What are some additional tips for a successful Family Math Night?
What is the teacher’s role during Family Math Night?
Chapter 2 Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Birds Migrating to Florida
The Tortoise, the Hare, and the Others
Tweets on Twitter
Equal Ratios Xs and Os
Chapter 3 The Number System
Baseball Card Collection
Lisa’s Sub Shop
Flip Cup Decimals
Climb and Slide
Chapter 4 Expressions and Equations
Tumble Tower Equivalent Expressions
Jeans and Shirts
Shoot for the Truth
High/Low Takes All
Chapter 5 Geometry
Party with Pentominoes
Nets Under Construction
Chance for Freebies
Chapter 6 Statistics and Probability
Lollipops in the Bag
The Plot Thickens
Chapter 7 Additional Tools
Family Math Night Invitation to Parents
Family Math Night Journal Cover
Family Math Night Evaluation
Animal Speed Template
Equal Ratios Xs and Os Game Board
Online Shopping List
Price Adjustment Cards
The Baseball Card Collection Number Lines
Sequence Cards A-I
Blank Sequence Cards
Lisa’s Sub Shop Problem Cards
Lisa’s Sub Shop Fractions
Lisa’s Sub Shop Answers
Flip Cup Decimals Equation Cards
Rational Number Cards
Number Line Mountain
Tumble Tower Equivalent Expressions Recording Sheet
Tumble Tower Answers
Jeans and Shirts Game Board
Burning Candles Problem Cards
Burning Candles Answers
Shoot for the Truth Inequity Cards
Shoot for the Truth Inequity Cards Answers
High/Low Value Cards
Party with Pentominoes Answers
Chance for Freebies Place Mat
Chance for Freebies Challenge Mat
Triangle Cousins Game Board
Triangle Cousins Spinner
Triangle Cousins Answers
Sigmund Transformations Faces
Sigmund Transformations Game Board
Sigmund Transformations Key
Deep Sea Diving Measures of Center
Literature Stats Inference Cards
The Plot Thicken Reference Sheet
Texting Tweens Problems
Texting Tweens Answers
Fingerprint Types Chart
Jennifer Taylor-Cox is owner of Taylor-Cox Instruction, LLC. She serves as an educational consultant for numerous districts across the United States. She teaches university courses in education and is author of 11 Routledge Eye on Education books.
Christine Oberdorf is an administrator with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
"This collection of well-designed, engaging activities will help more families gain a better understanding of how to make math more approachable and relevant to their children. The activities shared help unlock and demystify the world of math while encouraging participants to gain a more complete understanding of Common Core Standards and ways to activate them in a meaningful way. These fun activities help families "play" with and discuss math in an informal, non-threatening manner, encouraging students to apply complex math concepts to their everyday life." – Marsha Greenfeld, Senior Program Facilitator, National Network of Partnership Schools
"Using social-media and everyday experiences, students and their families see that math is everywhere, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the positive impact these concepts have on their day to day life. Although designed to use at Family Nights, I can easily see how individual teachers could take a number of these activities and use them during classroom instruction. With the clear information in this book, more families will become more confident about how to discuss math with their children, helping them develop more skills and a more positive attitude about math." – Darcy Hutchins, Director of Family Partnerships, Colorado Department of Education