## The Easter Bunny Needs Your Help! April 17, 2017 Vicki McGinn Comment

There are 10 Easter baskets lined up in a row.  The Easter bunny puts 1 egg in the first one, 2 in the second, 3 in the third, 4 in the fourth.  The bunny continues to fill all of the baskets like this.  How many eggs were used to fill

## Easter Math April 17, 2017 Vicki McGinn Comment

I was not  planning on writing a post on Easter Sunday, but some real-life math occurred while preparing for dinner.   I am sharing here what I posted on my Math Motivator Facebook page. My ham is 5.49 kilograms.  The instructions say to cook it 12-15 minutes per pound or

## Easter Egg Tasks April 17, 2017 Vicki McGinn Comment

When engaging students in problem solving and I hope you are doing so often, it is important to think about the types of tasks you give them.  Which of the following two will give you the most information about your students? Example 1:  (closed) Nathan finds 6 pink eggs, 1

## Understanding Relationships Between Quantity and the Patterns Within Our Number System February 1, 2017 Vicki McGinn Comment

Working one-on-one with students who are demonstrating a fragile sense of number are opportunities I greatly value.  I always approach these times from an inquiry perspective, looking for clues to help me understand their struggles.  Often they are demonstrating many strengths in some areas, but something is keeping them from

## Ants! Ants! Ants! November 16, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

Recently in a Gr 3, 4, 5 classroom we gave the students this question: Students are learning about insects. They discover that an ant has 1 body, 2 antennae and 6 legs. They each make a model. How many bodies, antennae and legs will they need for 5, 10 and

## Natural vs Commercial Math Materials August 5, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

Recently I received the following question from a Kindergarten educator: Why do I get the feeling that natural materials are better than commercial ones for math?  I do the exact same activity with materials we have in the classroom. Do the students actually learn more about math through the natural

## Proportional Reasoning – Division May 11, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

Recently I had the opportunity to work in a Grade 6 classroom as they began a unit on division and multiplication. The teacher gave the students the following problem from the Ministry support guide (division) to begin. The purpose for that day was to see what the students

## Proportional Reasoning – Measurement March 2, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

I love problems that provide authentic opportunities to cluster several big ideas.  Recently, I was in a classroom where the teacher gave the following problem to his students. Tia is filling a bucket with water.  She knows that 500 ml of water comes out of the hose every 10 seconds.

## Tasty Math Homework January 30, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

I just finished making brownies (from a box) with my granddaughter Charlotte who is in Junior Kindergarten.  I was reminded about all of the ways both math and literacy can be injected into a fun time.  I baked with my own children when they were young but I know I

## Assessment – The Key to Precision January 5, 2016 Vicki McGinn Comment

Last month I wrote a post called, “Preciseness Will Impact Student Achievement”.  After posting it, I remembered something that I had written a few years ago. Due to a stroke in December 2011 that left my husband unable to speak or write we became involved in the InteRACT program at