## Math Labs

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Angie Harding

St Timothy School

Regina, Saskatchewan

In my math class, I have used math labs which incorporate easily into
the new Elementary Math Curriculum. Doris Morrow, an elementary principal at
Frobisher School, and I worked together to set up activity cards. We set up
the number of cards pertaining to each strand by the time allotments listed in
the curriculum. The distribution was as follows.

Problem Solving - 3 cards
Data Management - 2 cards

Numbers and Operations - 7 cards

Geometry - 2 cards

Measurement - 3 cards

Next, we focused on particular objectives that we wanted the math labs to
cover. We had devised a grade five math checklist, where it was easy to record
the various objectives we had covered and needed to cover.
Doris and I spent time looking through various resources to find activities
that were applicable to our objectives, or we developed our own. We collected
as many activities as possible, then met to decide which ones we would use for
our math labs. It was important that manipulatives be incorporated into the
math lab in some way. We also compiled a math booklet for our students so that
they had some drill and practice but which also provided a review of
concepts.

The finished product included: 17 math labs, 1 math booklet, 2 sets of answer
sheets.

We would introduce a few labs at a time through brief mini-lessons. Then the
students would work in groups of two or three on completing them. Some were
done individually.

Setting up the labs was time-consuming, but was well worth the effort.
Students enjoyed the variety of activities as well as the challenge these labs
gave them.

For Doris and I, it gave us the opportunity to share our resources and now we
have math labs which can be used throughout the whole year.

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