Workshop Descriptions

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MathFun Workshop
Most doctors cure illnesses, but Dr. Fun specializes in cases of mathematical boredom.

All workshops are 1 hour and include these fun activities:

  • Math Warmup designed to assess skill levels of participants
  • Introduction of math concept(s) being taught, including math vocabulary
  • Small group discussions and related game
  • Reflection/math talk time, which includes review of what we learned. Discussion on how participants can use this knowledge/experience going forward.

Here’s a closer look at our workshops…

 

Best For Grades K-2:

1. What’s A One?

  • Anyone can count on a number line, but in this workshop, we learn the mathematical concept of doubles by counting pairs of ears in the room!
  • “What’s a One?” hones understanding of number concepts such as counting, skip counting, and numbers as representations of quantities.
  • Common Core Standards Met: K.CC.A.1-7, 1.CC.A.1, and 3-6

 2. Rock, Paper, MathFun

  • Here’s a math equation: Math + Dancing = Fun and Learning! In “Rock, Paper, MathFun,” students do dances like the Penguin Shuffle in order to reinforce mathematical concepts.
  • This exciting workshop combines numbers, counting, and limited algebraic thinking with music and dance. What kid wouldn’t want to get funky during math class?
  • Common Core Standards Met: K.CC.A.1-7, 1.CC.A.1, and 3-6.

 

Best For Grades 3-6:

3. Who’s Counting

  • In “Who’s Counting,” students receive the help of Captain Mathinator to create the highest value possible. But look out for the Sneaky Subtractor! As his name implies, he might steal your point total without you even noticing…
  • This workshop is built around our award-winning card game!
  • Students learn mental math strategies, the concepts of sets, and how to optimize mathematical expressions. Focus can be drawn solely to either multiplication or division, or the two can be combined into a single workshop. We’re flexible!
  • Common Core Standards Met: 3.OA.A.1-2 & 4, 3.OA.B5-6, 3.OA.C.7 & 3.0A.D.8 & 3.0A.NBT.A.1-3

4. I’m Guessing That’s a Bad Estimate

  • This is one of our favorite workshops! Students must estimate how many balls are in a box using only induction reasoning  and basic math skills. No volume formulas allowed!
  • Students learn the difference between a guess and an estimate. This workshop provides participants with a glimpse at the usefulness of math.
  • Common Core  Standard 3.MDA.2

 

Great For Everyone!

5. Equals:  Why Doesn’t Anyone Understand Me?

  • Equals is mad. Why? Because nobody understands it…except for participants of this workshop, of course. Equals uses a jar mustard and a bottle of ketchup (among other whacky props) to explain just who it is and what it’s all about.
  • This workshop covers the concept of mathematical relationships, mathematical precision, and other indicators of math relationships.
  • Common Core Standards: 1.0.AD.7

6. The Diameter of a Sphere

  • Okay team, here’s the plan. You’re going to hop inside the MathFun Inshrinkerator™ and shrink yourself down so that you can fit inside a plastic ball. But first, you need to adjust the system settings so that you fit. What’s the tallest height you could possibly be while still fitting inside that ball?
  • This workshop teaches the mathematical definitions of sphere, circle, diameter, circumference, plane, and other geometric concepts.
  • Common Core Standards: There are geometry standards for nearly every grade level.

7. Fishing For Number Facts

  • We adapt the classic card game Go Fish for the math world! Match your expression with another fisherman’s in order to steal his/her catch. But be careful–your fish are might get stolen, too!
  • This workshop uses games to practice math facts in ways that make those math facts “stickier” in the brain.  K-2 students work with addition and/or subtraction, while older students work with all four math operations.
  • Common Core Standards: 1.O.AD.7, 1.CC.A.1, and 3-6

8. Infinifractionalism

  • It seems like lots of kids struggle with fractions. But any kid who’s ever shared a cookie has dealt with fractions! What if your cookie is bigger than you are? And what if it’s a germ-sized cookie?
  • Using manipulatives, concepts of fair share, common sense, and mathematical thinking, we introduce the usefulness of fractions and show participants how to work with them logically.
  • Common Core Standards: 4.NF.A.1-7

 

STEM Workshop Series – Pick one or all units from each of the series below

9. Simply Awesome Simple Machines: A Physical Science Workshop

  • Ever try to cut a pineapple with a rock? It’s messy. Try a wedge instead.
  • In our newest workshop, participants take on the role of early humans discovering simple machines. What’s the best way to avoid being eaten by bigger animals? How do you divide up meat after a hunt? We learn about levers, wedges, pulleys, and more.
  • This class culminates in an optional show-and-tell session, where students teach their parents how simple machines work, where they still exist, and why/how they were invented.
  • Great for K-8.

10. Wormology: A Life Science Workshop

  • What do worms do, and why is it important to us? What kind of worms do the best work?
  • Participants build their own compost pile and compare their efforts with the superior work of worms, who effortlessly create soil from garbage.
  • Everyone gets to hold a real live worm!
  • Optional parent/student ending class available at which kids can teach their parents or other students what they have learned. Best for grades 1-8.

 

Still don’t see what you’re looking for? We’re always building new workshops, and we can customize them for your students! Just head on over to our inquiry form, select the “Other” option, and describe your ideal workshop in the Message box.

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