Fulton 4th-graders to work on skills during WWU math fair

During a previous math fair, Torrie Buehne uses a Cardinals game to illustrate math to elementary school students.
During the 2013 math fair, Torrie Buehne uses a Cardinals game to illustrate math to elementary school students.

Education majors at William Woods University are cooking up some fun ways for youngsters to improve their math skills.

Fourth-graders from Fulton elementary schools will converge on the campus at staggered times between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 1) to attend a math fair in the multipurpose room in the Helen Stephens Sports Complex.

The math fair is an annual occurrence with a different theme each year. This year, it’s What’s Cooking in Math? The WWU students have put together stations around the theme, designed to help the youngsters review math concepts prior to the administration of the MAP

Youngsters learn to “Fight Fires With Math” during the math fair in 2012.
Youngsters learn to “Fight Fires With Math” during the math fair in 2012.

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The event is put together by pre-service students enrolled in the course “Teaching Elementary Mathematics.”  It was the brainchild of their teacher, Shari Means, assistant professor of education and director of student teaching and clinical experiences, about 12 years ago.

Tropical math is the theme used in 2005.
Tropical math is the theme used in 2005.

Pre-service teachers have studied the Grade Level Expectations and designed activities to review these concepts. They will complete their activities 25-30 times with different groups of students throughout the day.

“This gives them an opportunity to practice teaching skills, such as checking for background knowledge; differentiation, motivation, classroom management, reflection, flexibility, creating engaging activities and assessment,” Means said.

She added, “Pre-service teachers are excited to build the confidence levels of the local fourth-graders and motivate them to want to excel on the MAP test.”