### Mattson Math Memories

#### Teamwork: Cup Challenge

Teamwork is vital to learning these days. Brain research shows that talking out ideas, sharing ideas, and justifying thinking is essential to deep understanding. That's why we will be doing some teamwork activities all year. Our first one was the Cup Challenge. Groups were instructed to use the tool provided to build a series of sculptures. The tool? a rubber band with four strings attached. Students quickly figured out that they could each pull a string and use tension to open and close the rubber band. That way, they could manuever the the cups to the location they wanted. There was plenty of cups falling, but there was also a lot of laughter and fun. Check it out: |

#### Building Shapes

On September13, all of my students participated in team building activity with lots of math built in. I'm sneaky that way. Students were given a 7-8 foot piece of rope, and put into groups. This challenge was presented: How many of these shapes can you group make? Students found it hard at first to make them, but after a while, each class had success. We learned bigger groups were better! |

#### Week 1: Welcome, Get to Know Each Other, and Get Ready for the Year

Hi all! This week was busy with two days of shortened classes and two days of regular classes. in math all of my classes did the same things, although the 7th graders really rocked their effort, showing their maturity gained over the summer. It was so fun to see them again and check in. Such fun! On the first day of school, we started a Fraction Get to Know You Activity and this proved somewhat difficult as fractions are scary. Through modeling and student willingness to try, they did a good job. Once student projects are up in the hallway, I will post more about them. Wednesday was our first early release-so-teachers-could-meet-to-collaborate-and-learn-day. 30 minute classes are a challenge for me! I always want more time. We did a math survey this day and tried a tricky problem called 4 4's. First and Second hour (the 7th graders) collaborated to find 8 numbers each. The A dvanced 6th grade class got 13. The 6th graders found this really challenging and we will revisit it later. I think getting used to the school routine, and the math survey, took more time for them so they ran out of time. Some students really loved it, though, so I hope to get back to this problem! I forgot to take pictures of their work, so I can't share it, but it was fun! On Thursday, we organized our math journals, so we could begin using them next week. We numbered pages, added a table of contents, and some resource pages. We will be using these daily to record our thinking. The highlight, I think, for the students is decorating the covers with duct tape and stickers. On Friday, we attempted Talking Circles to set class expectations and finished any work the students needed more time on this week. In homeroom, we got to know each other, our locker combinations, and created dialog journals. That way, students always have a way to communicate with me. I also checked in with families this week, if I had a working phone number. Well, that was a busy week! Next week will be even better with a week of INSPIRATIONAL MATH! Ms. Mattson |

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