MCMI Team Recommended Instructional Resources for Distance Learning

Are you overwhelmed by all the choices? The MCMI team has pulled together a list of free instructional resources that are focused on supporting students and families during distance learning. Some things we considered:

  • Open-ended and engaging
  • Longer, student-driven lessons
  • Interesting mathematics that focuses on core ideas
  • Opportunities for feedback and/or support through the resource, family or peer interaction.

Bridges: Home Learning Resources (K–5) 

An evolving collection of K–5 activities students can do independently or with the support of families or educators. Includes activity of the day, shorter and longer tasks, a collection of on-line games, and the virtual manipulatives from the Math Learning Center.

Connected Mathematics: CMP at Home (6–8)

An evolving set of resources for teachers and families to support students that are continuing their learning at home. You will find games, videos, and lessons that are easy to implement at home with families.

Counting Collections Routine (K–5)

This is an excellent routine to do at home. Count a collection of ______? Or How many ______ are there? This routine supports students’ development of quantity, number, magnitude, and measurement. Older students might develop ways to efficiently count large quantities (e.g., grains of rice in a bag) or show a quantity. What does _______ look like?

Desmos (3–12)

This is an evolving collection of digital activities and interactives that help students learn math and learn to love math. These activities can be done asynchronously or synchronously, can connect students to the reasoning of others, and provide an opportunity for feedback. Digital activities can be accessed via a phone as well as a computer.

Estimation 180 (K–12)

This is a collection of short videos that challenge students to reason about quantity and measurements. Different ages will access and engage in different ways but always stimulate highly engaging mathematics conversations.

Inside Mathematics: Problems of the Month (K–12)

This is a collection of leveled open-ended problem sets that could be used to engage students in some rich problem solving. Students start with level A and work through as many levels as they can. Ask students to share their solution to one of the levels.

Investigations: Math at Home (K–5)

An evolving collection of K–5 activities families can do at home and access to games that can be done on-line and off-line. Resources in English and Spanish.

Khan Academy (K–12)

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Math Trailblazers: Longer, Student-Driven Assignments (K–5)

The authors are in the process of curating a collection of longer, student-driven assignments and games that could be done independently or as a family. For example: How many steps does____walk in an hour? Which paper towel holds more water?

NCTM: Problems of the Week (3–12)

This collection of engaging and interesting open-ended problems is an awesome resource for those longer student-driven thought-provoking tasks. Students at different levels can solve the same problem in different ways.

Open Middle (K–12)

Open Middle problems have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem, a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer, and an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

Three Act Task (K–12)

There are several educators creating and organizing three-act tasks. Graham Fletcher has pulled together links to many of these K–12 educators. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. Students get to know the problem through an image or video. After students determine and gather the information needed to mathematize the situation, students work to respond. The closure is a video of the situation or problem resolving, so students can check their response. Here is an NCTM article about Three-Act Tasks as well. One educator used a google form to deliver and collect student ideas.

YouCubed at Home Newsletter (K–12)

A weekly newsletter of YouCubed resources modified or highlighted to continue math exploration at home. There are some fun videos, games, and interesting open-ended tasks.

2020-04-13T14:16:51-05:00 April 13th, 2020|COVID-19 Distance Learning|

Building Powerful Numeracy Virtual Book Study Week 1

On October 25th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 1 and 2 from Building Powerful Numeracy For Middle and High School Students by Pamela Weber Harris. This book is available for order online from Heimemann or Abe Books. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information. #mcmi_pd #mtbos #iteachmath #mathteacher

2021-10-19T08:50:01-05:00 October 19th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study 2: Building Powerful Numeracy

We invite you to join us for a Virtual Book Talk hosted by MCMI— October 25, November 8, 15, 29, December 6, and 13.

Join different ways

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm

Register here: https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ 

  1. Follow the Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative on Facebook 
  2. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

#mcmi_pd# MTBoS #iteachmath #mathteacher

Questions? Contact your UIC coach or Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

2021-10-12T09:07:58-05:00 October 12th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study: Building Powerful Numeracy

We invite you to join us for a Virtual Book Talk hosted by MCMI— October 25, November 8, 15, 29, December 6, and 13.

Join different ways

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm

Register here: https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ 

  1. Follow the Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative on Facebook 
  2. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

#mcmi_pd #MTBoS #iteachmath #mathteacher

Questions? Contact your UIC coach or Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

2021-09-20T11:56:17-05:00 September 20th, 2021|MCMI PD|

MCMI September/October PD Events

Space is still available for our MCMI professional development events. Here is a list of our upcoming offerings:

  • Teacher PD Session 1: Reset, Reframe, Recharge—Setting Norms and Routines that Build Student Confidence 
    • K–2: Tuesday, October 5
    • 3–5: Thursday, September 30 
    • 6–8: Tuesday, September 28 
  • Administrator Courses Session 1: Laying a foundation for supervision to support mathematics learning
    • Thursday, October 7 
  • Elementary Math Specialist Institutes Session 1: Exploring the role of the math specialist in a coaching role
    • Thursday, September 23 
  • Virtual Book Study 1: Math Fact Fluency by Jenny Bay-Williams
    • Session 1: Monday, September 13 

Registration costs are posted for each specific event on Eventbrite. 

Please ensure you have district approval before registering.

K–2 Teacher Registration

3–5 Teacher Registration

6–8 Teacher Registration

Administrator Institute Registration

Elementary Math Specialist Institute Registration

Virtual Book Studies

Please visit the Offerings section of our website (https://mcmi.uic.edu/mcmi-offerings/)  for additional information. 

2021-09-13T09:14:05-05:00 September 13th, 2021|Blog|

UIC Girls Who Code 2021–2022: Free Program for High School Students

UIC Girls Who Code Club is a FREE program for high school students interested in computer science!

It is led by UIC’s Women in Engineering Programs and it will be virtual for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Classes are every Saturday, from 10am-12pm, starting September 25th until April 23, 2022.

Prior experience is NOT required but we do request that participants have access to a computer and internet.

More information can be found at https://go.uic.edu/GWCUIC2021 

Applications are due by September 17, 2021.

2021-09-07T09:17:31-05:00 September 7th, 2021|Blog|

MCMI Virtual Book Study: Math Fact Fluency

We invite you to join us for a Virtual Book Talk hosted by MCMI— September 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 7th. 

Join different ways

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm

Register here: https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ 

  1. Follow the Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative on Facebook 
  2. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

#mcmi_pd#mtbos #iteachmath #mathfactfluency

Questions? Contact your UIC coach or Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

2021-09-01T08:51:07-05:00 September 1st, 2021|Blog|