Sharing our love for Math during STEAM week

Today’s focus for #ocsbSTEAM week is Math. Today we have live sessions with David Pora, Tinkercad workshops on 3D printing, from Tinkercad and Indigenous STEM speaker Joseph Pitawanakwat! 

Check out photos and videos online using #ocsbSTEAM and #ocsbMath.

Ideas to support your child’s exploration of math

If your child is in Kindergarten to grade 6

  • Bake or cook together. There is so much math in the kitchen, from measuring to learning about temperature to counting. Check out this resource is on Early Years Kitchen math!
  • Have family game nights! Card games, board games, checkers, and chess teach critical thinking and math concepts while having fun.
  • Puzzles are a great way to learn spatial awareness. Try picture puzzles, number puzzles (Sudoku) and word puzzles.
  • Learn about The importance of shape and space in the early years

If your child is in grades 7 to 12

  • Check out the University of Waterloo’s At Home site for great activities you can do at home.
  • Play games! Any games– card games, dice games, board games!
  • Pay attention to the language you use when talking about math. Replace sympathetic messages like “Don’t worry; math isn’t your thing” with positive statements like “You can do this. I believe in you. Math is an open, beautiful subject that is all about effort and hard work.” Read more in Parents’ beliefs about math changes student achievement.
  • Check out youcubed.org for great Parent Resources.

How we support your child’s learning at the OCSB

  • We had a very successful OCSB Career Week In the fall, with many students joining the Keynote with Mandy Rennehan and the Skilled trades Career Panel. Our Grade 9 students participated in Take Our Kids to Work Day, and our Grade 12 Students participated in the #Launch2022 Virtual Career and Wellness Fair.  You can be part of the action on Twitter with the hashtags #ocsbEL and #ocsbCareerWeek.
  • We had a very successful OCSB Computer Science Week in December, with many of our students doing coding activities. You can check the coding action on Twitter with the hashtags #ocsbCodes and #ocsbCSEd.
  • OCSB provides all students access to various digital tools that complement math learning on their Student Portal like Zorbits (K-3), Mathletics (4-6),  Scratch (4-8), Makecode micro:bit (3+), Desmos and more.  Many schools also have robotic tools such as Ozobots, BeeBots, Spheros, Dash and Dot, micro: bits and k8s for students to apply many skills.
  • OCSB teachers use a variety of High-Impact Instructional Practices in Mathematics.  Give them a look!
  • Deep Learning is happening in every OCSB school – check back to find out what we are doing during Earth Month in April!!

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