WWU plans math fair for local fourth-graders

Children are
often admonished not to play with matches. This week, they will learn to “Fight Fires With Math,” a William
Woods University program to help them prepare for the MAP test next month.

Pre-service
teachers enrolled in the course “Teaching
Elementary Mathematics” will host the
event from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday,
March 30, in the
Multipurpose Room of the Helen Stephens Sports Complex on WWU campus. 
 
Local fourth-grade students
from public and private schools
have been invited to participate in nine different
centers that are
designed to help them review fourth-grade math
concepts prior to the administration
of the MAP test in April.   
 
All of the centers include
activities based on the Missouri Grade Level Expectations
and are tied to the fire-fighting theme. 
 
“Students will complete
activities such as completing an obstacle course and using their times to
find mean, median and mode;
building
creative fire trucks with two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, and
create angles with fire hoses; as well as several other engaging activities,”  Shari Means, assistant professor of
education and director of student teaching and clinical experiences, said. 
 
In addition, local fire
fighters will engage in the
activities with the students.
 
Pre-service
teachers have studied the Grade Level
Expectations and designed activities to review these concepts and 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.”
 
For more information, contact Means at 573-592-1697
or smeans@williamwoods.edu.