Workshops

Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks has a team of internationally recognized authors and consultants who provide excellent workshops at a variety of grade levels for staff, parents and students. Regardless of the format, our team will bring enough supplies, (including door prizes) and the expertise to ensure a successful event, helping your school community improve math at home and in the school. During the workshops Best Practices for teaching are used and strategies for effective management of manipulatives and game play are shared. Participants have often expressed “I can use what I learn the next day in class!”, “Best professional development session I’ve ever attended.”

PRIMARY MATH GAMES WORKSHOP

Minimum:    Half Day

Ideal:  Full Day or Two Day Workshop

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your primary students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts?  Come prepared to play math games that   incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, dominoes and other easily found math manipulatives.   Concepts covered include:

  • Counting, Comparing Numbers, and One-to-One Correspondence
  • Operations including strategies for developing fact fluency with understanding Number and Operations in Base Ten,
  • Understand Place Value Concepts to 1,000’s
  • Representing and Interpreting Data with Charts and Graphs

Throughout the workshop participants will have opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, learn how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy.  Ideas for developing weekly lessons plans, and student work samples will be shared. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Pre-kindergarten – through Grade2/3 teachers, teacher assistants, special education and afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators, math coaches.

UPPER ELEMENTARY MATH GAMES WORKSHOP

Minimum:   Half Day

Ideal:  Full Day or Two Day Workshop

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your upper elementary students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, fraction manipulatives, dominoes and other easily found math manipulatives.    Concepts covered include:

  • Understanding Place Value System including Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percent including Operations with Fractions
  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Multi-Digit  Operations
  • Fact Fluency Intervention – Basic Facts
  • Statistics, Data Management and Organization of Data

Throughout the workshop participant will have opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Ideas for developing weekly lesson plans, and samples will be shared. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Grade 3 – 5/6 teachers, teacher assistants, special education and afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators, math coaches.

MIDDLE YEARS MATH GAMES WORKSHOP

Minimum:  Half Day

Ideal:  Full Day or Two Day Workshop

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your middle years students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, fraction manipulatives and other easily found math manipulatives.   Concepts covered include:

  • Beginning Algebra and Linear Equations
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
  • Mixed Operations/Order of Operations Integers
  • Statistics, Data Management, Organization of Data, Analysis and Inference

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk and integrate problem solving strategies, and how to use game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided.

Interspersed will be practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Ideas for developing weekly lessons plans and samples will be shared. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Grade 5/6 – Grade 8/9 Teachers, Special Education High School teachers, teacher assistants, afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators, math coaches.

FAMILY OR PARENT NIGHTS

60 – 90 minutes

Math Game Nights can be arranged to target Primary, Upper Elementary, All Elementary or Middle Years.

Parents and students come together to play a wide variety of math games from the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series. Using cards, dice or dominoes, families will review and strengthen basic math concepts.  Our team will provide proven ideas and strategies for learning the operations, fact fluency strategies, place value, and for middle years will review basic skills and advanced math concepts. Playing together builds success and self-esteem for students while making it easy for parents to provide support and encouragement in the home setting.

NOTE: Some schools opt to do a Parent Only Format – no problem, whichever format is chosen, we will still provide an engaging fun workshop that will help parents work with their children.

21st Century and Title 1 Grants are great sources of funding to provide this type of workshop

CONSULTANT CLASSROOM COACHING LESSONS

Added onto many of our full day teacher workshops, the Box Cars authors and consultants can visit your school or district for the day and teach model lessons to your students.  A timetable for the day is constructed with your input and we teach as many students and classes as possible. Teachers can have input into concepts taught to their class, and will observe management and teaching strategies used by the consultants or authors.  Teachers learn right alongside their students and experience firsthand how easily and effectively games in their classroom can take place.  Strategies for immediate implementation, differentiation for individualized student success, encouraging Math Talk will all be seen in their own class with their own students.  Teachers will be provided a Lesson Observation Guide to help focus their observations and provide a basis for debriefing the lesson later that day by the consultant.

Many schools pair Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons with a Family Night event. Finishing off a day of Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons with a Family or Parent night is a great way to build continuity throughout your school community. Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons can be provided in Kindergarten through 9th Grade classrooms.

 

SPECIALIZED 90 MINUTE WORKSHOPS

Great for District Professional Development Days!

If you are looking for great math workshops that are suitable for district professional development days (For example: pick three or four 90 minute sessions for a full day of Pro D!) you might want to consider the following sessions which can stand on their own as great, focused mini-sessions.

 

OH THE MATH THAT THEY’LL KNOW!  (90 minutes)

Target Audience: Early Primary, ELL, Special Education, Teacher Assistants

Finally!!!  A tailor made workshop for the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten levels.  Come  prepared to play games that  incorporate the use of cards, dice, and multi-sided dice that teach the following early childhood concepts: counting to 5, 10, to 20 and beyond, comparing numbers as greater or less than, odd even, counting on from a given number, patterns, doubles and  more. Ideas for developing Math Talk, journal drawing/writing and other response activities will be shared through the workshop.  Participants will learn how to create math stations, use student response for assessment purposes and how to extend the games and activities to the home.  Come prepared to play.

CONNECTING THE DOTS – PRIMARY DOMINO MATH GAMES (90 minutes)

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double 6 dominoes that teach the following concepts: numeration/number sense, subitizing, basic operations, place value, graphing and more. This manipulative is easy to use and integrate into your program and the games are appealing for all learners to use. Gameboards, journal writing extensions, differentiating ideas, and time-saving management tips will be shared. Games are great for regular classrooms, after school and special education programs, and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.

LINKING THE LEARNING – UPPER ELEMENTARY DOMINO MATH GAMES (90 minutes)

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double 6 dominoes that   teach the following concepts: all operations including multi-digit work, fractions, and place value including decimals, data management and organization of data. This manipulative can be easily integrated into your math program and the games are appealing to all learners. Gameboards, journal writing extensions, differentiating ideas and time-saving management tips will be shared. Games are great for regular classrooms, after school and special education programs and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.

DOUBLE DARE YOU – DOUBLE & TRIPLE DICE MATH GAMES (90 minutes)

Target Audience: Primary, Upper Elementary, Middle Years

Double dice are so popular with students of all grade levels and their teachers. The uniqueness of the double dice make students want to use them over and over again. Come prepared to play some of our favorite Box Cars games that incorporate the use of these motivating manipulatives. We use double regular, double 10-sided, double 12-sided and three-in-a-cube dice to teach the following concepts: all operations and fact fluency, order of operations, place value, fractions, data management and organization of data, statistics and probability.  We will show you how to extend the games into math journal writing, pull assessment pieces, and how to provide math talk opportunities.

FRACTION GAMES AND STRATEGIES (90 minutes)

Target Audience: Upper Elementary

This workshop can be a standalone  workshop for upper elementary teachers. In this workshop participants will play games and learn strategies that use cards, dice, fraction circles and number lines to help teach the following fraction concepts: equivalency, common denominators, decimals, percent, operations with fractions, and more. Games will incorporate the use of engaging manipulatives that help students gain deep understanding of fraction concepts and will be tied to strategies that help students move from a concrete understanding to abstract levels. Thorough lesson plans and teaching sequences will be shared. Gameboards will be provided.

PRIMARY MATH GAMES FOR TEACHING PLACE VALUE (90 minutes)

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided place value dice and number lines. Games and strategies will focus on naming tens/ones, hundreds, ordering number to 0 to 1,000’s, comparing numbers as greatest, least, or between, beginning rounding strategies, using benchmarks on number lines, number patterns on the hundred boards and more. Reproducible gameboards, student samples, math talk and journal writing extensions will be shared. Ideas for working with this essential part of the curriculum and bringing concepts to life for students with engaging and fun activities will be shared throughout the workshop.

UPPER ELEMENTARY MATH GAMES FOR TEACHING PLACE VALUE (90 minutes)

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided place value dice and number lines.  Games and strategies will focus on naming, ordering and comparing large numbers, decimal concepts, rounding and expanding numbers, written and standard form, identifying specific place values, estimation and patterns. Reproducible gameboards, student samples, math talk and journal writing extensions will be shared. Ideas for working with this essential part of the curriculum and bringing concepts to life for students with engaging and fun activities will be shared throughout the   workshop.