Mathematics Discourse at Scherkenbach

Frequently Asked Questions...

Game Night!

Familiar card games, commercial games, and outdoor games are excellent opportunities to practice using basic number facts and computation, and to reason mathematically. It is important to be flexible. You may find out that children can improve on the rules by inventing their own! Questions such as, "What would happen if..."? How could we change it so that...?" can be especially helpful in encouraging children to stretch their thinking as they learn.
  • Battleship (Grid coordinates, logical thinking)
  • Blokus; Blokus Duo: (algebraic thinking, spatial sense)
  • Checkers (Counting, Logical thinking)
  • Chess (Logical thinking)
  • Chinese Checkers (Logical thinking)
  • Chutes and Ladders (Counting, number relationships, number sequencing)
  • Connect Four (Counting, Logical thinking)
  • Dominoes (Counting, matching, mental math/basic facts, logical thinking)
  • Farkle (Patterns, probability, addition with large numbers)
  • Go Fish ( Matching, numeral recognition)
  • Krypto (Number Sense, computation, order of operations)
  • Mastermind (Recognizing patterns, logical thinking, problem solving)
  • Monopoly and Monopoly Jr. (Counting, mental math/basic facts, making change, logical thinking)
  • Old Maid (Matching, logical thinking)
  • Rack-O (Logical thinking, number sequencing, number relationships)
  • Set (Pattern recognition, logical thinking)
  • Simon (Sequencing, memory enhancement, counting)
  • Sorry (Counting, basic facts, logical thinking)
  • Uno (Logical thinking, strategy)
  • Yahtzee (Mental math/basic facts, number sense, logical thinking)
  • Yahtzee, Jr. (Matching, logical thinking)

Online Games, Tools, and More...

Explore our library of 108 online activities that help to make math come alive in the classroom or at home. Illuminations has links to 724 math resources on the web. Each resource has been approved by an editorial board.
Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals.
It's a free website with highly engaging games for practicing math. It covers a dizzying range of topics from basic number concepts to exponents. Basically, the games can be played for any skill. While the games are free, there is a parent subscription available that provides additional functionality. With a subscription, parents can view reports and set up challenges for their children. This is a great resource for making math practice fun!
Our math lessons actively engage students in the learning process. Each lesson provides in-depth instruction to make math fun. We designed our math lessons for grades 3 through 9. However, our unique instructional design is ideal for learners of all ages and abilities.

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What is mathematics discourse?
  • Refers to the exchange of ideas (both written and oral)

Writing Supports Understanding
  • Students explain how a strategy works
  • Students explain in writing how to do something
  • Students explain errors they or their teachers have identified
  • Students write their own definitions of terms
  • Students develop an argument to support a point of view
  • Students construct (and model answers for) their own problems
  • Students write before a math session, looking forward to their learning.

Benefits of Writing About Math
  • Organize thoughts
  • Recognize confusions
  • Form generalizations or draw conclusions
  • Process and retain ideas
  • Revisit ideas and thinking
  • Permanent record - progress over time
  • Make conjectures

Give Feedback to the Writer:
(requires a response and promotes student thinking)
  • Does this always work?
  • Can you show me another strategy?
  • Tell me more about your results.
  • Give me an example of what you mean?
  • What if you did____, then what might happen?
  • What would this look like? Model/draw it for me.

Common Core State Standards for Math

Write Daily!

Challenge your child to create one addition, one subtraction, one multiplication, and/or one division word problem each night and solve it. Students must explain how they got their answers.
Don't think literature is just for the primary students! Bigger kids love literature, too, and there are some great books for teaching math to older kids.