Math Institute - Math Content Courses - Elementary

Math Content Courses - Elementary

Improving Math Outcomes in the Elementary Classroom

Our K-5 courses deepen mathematical content knowledge through the use of the standards progressions and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Although the focus is K-5 content, many secondary teachers find value in understanding these standards progressions and how they support student learning in later years. Our programs are designed to help you:

  • Deepen your own knowledge and confidence of math standards
  • Build a deeper understanding of progressions and how they support student learning in later years
  • Discover ways to support students accessing mathematics knowledge and learning

Explore our Elementary Content Courses below …

Math Institute - Math Content Courses - Elementary

Why Students Fail Algebra - And What K-5 Teachers Can Do to Prevent It

Grade Level

K-5

Overview

Success in algebra opens doors and expands opportunities for college and careers; the foundations for a positive experience in algebra begin long before high school.So how do we set students up for success?

The Mathematics Institute is excited to welcome Angela Andrews to lead this workshop. During her extensive career in preschool and kindergarten education, Angela has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and was chosen as a member of the writing team for the PreK-2 section of NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

During this workshop, participants will explore and discuss five prerequisites (grounded in research) that will help elementary teachers and students develop ways of thinking about and engaging with mathematics meaningfully. Walk away with instructional strategies that support students in developing these prerequisite understandings.

Goals

  • Identify and articulate five elementary math topics that develop algebraic thinking
  • Examine tasks and activities that promote sense-making and reasoning
  • Explore instructional strategies that support students in thinking algebraically

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

October 12, 2018, Waukesha, WI

Finding New Ways to Think About Fractions

Grade Level

3-5

Content Focus

Number and Operations – Fractions

Overview

Explore the 3-5 Numbers and Operations Domain and become familiar with using different mathematical representations to support students in reasoning about fractions and applying rules and procedures for operations with fractions in meaningful ways. Walk away with ideas to build fraction sense and expand student understanding of fractions as numbers.

Goals

  • Understand fractions as numbers composed of unit fractions.
  • Extend understanding of operations with whole numbers to fractions.
  • Understand the role of mathematical representations in student learning of fractions.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

November 15-16, 2018, Waukesha, WI

Let's Get into Shape

Grade Level

3-5

Content Focus

Geometric Shape and Measurement

Overview

As students develop their ability to describe, analyze, compare, and classify two-dimensional shapes, they progress through a series of geometric thinking levels. Come examine the geometry expectations in Grades 3-5 and the experiences students need to expand their understanding of geometric properties in order to develop generalizations about classes of shapes. Leave with ideas to utilize in your classroom and share with colleagues.

Goals

  • Expand understanding of geometric properties and their relationships in order to develop generalizations about classes of shapes.
  • Deepen understanding of the measurement process and how it applies to the attributes of measure students work with in Grades 3-5.
  • Make connections between geometric measurement ideas and other mathematical domains.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

March 13, 2018, Waukesha WI

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade Level

K-2

Overview

This course explores the Counting and Cardinality Domain and Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and how they work together to develop algebraic thinking in Grades K-2.

Goals

  • Become familiar with all word problem types and become fluent with identifying, posing, and knowing when to use all problem types.
  • Become familiar with developmental levels (Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3) for solving single-digit addition and subtraction problems and how each level is critical as students move toward computational fluency.
  • Understand the role of representation in student learning; and expand the repertoire of and fluency with using representations.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 8-11, 2019, UW-Oshkosh

Number and Operations in Base Ten with Connections to Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade Level

K-2

Overview

This course explores the Number and Operations in Base Ten Domain of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the development of place value in Grades K-2.

Goals

  • Deepen understanding of the structure of the base-ten number system based on the powers of ten (groups of ten as single entities or units).
  • Develop understanding that the position of digits within a number determines the specific group of tens it represents and that the groupings of ones, tens, and hundreds can be decomposed and recomposed in different but equivalent ways.
  • Become familiar with base ten strategies for addition and subtraction and understand the properties of operations that support the development of generalized algorithms.
  • Understand how to use place value ideas meaningfully when engaged in a variety of problem solving activities.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 8-11, 2019, UW-Oshkosh

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade Level

3-5

Overview

This course explores the Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and extends participants’ knowledge and understanding of operations from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division.

Goals

  • Become familiar with the progression of standards for the Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain across Grades 3-5.
  • Deepen understanding of the properties of, and relationships between, the different operations; in particular the inverse relationships between addition and subtraction and between multiplication and division.
  • Represent real-world and mathematical problems symbolically, and solve them using algebraic reasoning about properties of the operations involved.
  • Discuss challenges in classroom implementation of the OA standards and strategies for implementing these standards with fidelity (including the Standards for Mathematical Practice).

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 8-11, 2019, UW-Oshkosh

Number and Operations - Fractions

Grade Level

3-5

Overview

This course explores the Number and Operations – Fractions Domain of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and focuses on deepening understanding and proficiency with fractions.

Goals

  • Become familiar with progression of standards for fractions across Grades 3-5.
  • Understand, represent, and explain the important ideas in CCSSM for unit fractions, fraction equivalence, comparing fractions, operations with fractions, and relationships between decimals and fractions.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 8-11, 2019, UW-Oshkosh

Geometric Shape and Measurement

Grade Level

3-6

Overview

This course explores the Geometry Domain and Measurement and Data Domain of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and focuses on the instructional experiences students need in order to deepen their understanding of shape classification and measurement concepts.

Goals

  • Become familiar with the progression of standards for geometric shape and measurement across Grades 3-6.
  • Deepen understanding of the measurement process and how it applies to the attributes of length, area, angle measure, and volume.
  • Explore how geometry and measurement are coherently connected to other mathematical domains.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 8-11, 2019, UW-Oshkosh

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