Workshops

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, 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 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 games, 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. Participant 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 Percent
  • 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.

Regardless of the format, our team will bring enough supplies to ensure a successful event, provide door prizes, and the expertise to help your school community improve math at home and in the school setting.

MODEL LESSONS IN THE CLASSROOMS

Added onto many of our full day teacher workshops, the Box Cars authors and consultants can visit your school 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, and will get the chance to watch and observe   management and teaching strategies. Teachers learn right alongside their students and experience firsthand how games in the classroom work. Ideas for immediate implementation, differentiating strategies and math talk will all be seen and experienced with their own class   and students. Teachers will be provided with a Model Lesson Observation Guide and debriefing after the lesson and/or day.

Many schools pair this type of workshop day with a Family Night Event. Finishing off a Box Cars Model Lesson Day with a Family or Parent event is a great way to build continuity throughout your school community. MODEL LESSONS can be provided to Kindergarten through Middle Years classrooms.

SPECIALIZED WORKSHOPS

If you are looking for great math workshops that you want for a district professional development day, or to arrange a rotational session event day – EXAMPLE three short 90 minute sessions, you might want to consider these sessions. Most are integrated into our full or multiple day workshops, but they can stand on their own as great Mini Sessions.

OH THE MATH THAT THEY’LL KNOW!

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 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.

DOMINO MATH GAMES

Grade Level  Primary, Upper Elementary

PRIMARY – CONNECTING THE DOTS DOMINO MATH GAMES

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, after school and special education programs, and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.

UPPER ELEMENTARY – LINKING THE LEARNING DOMINO MATH GAMES

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, after school and special education programs and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.

DOUBLE DARE YOU – MATH GAMES USING DOUBLE DICE

Primary, Upper Elementary, Middle Years

Double dice are so popular with students of all grade levels and teachers alike. Their uniqueness makes 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, 12-sided and three-in-a-cube dice to teach the following concepts: all operations and fact fluency, place value, fractions, data management and organization of data, statistics and probability, order of operations. This workshop incorporates BEST Practices – 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

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 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 to help students move from a concrete understanding to abstract levels. Thorough lesson plans and teaching sequences will be shared. Gameboards will be provided.

GAMES FOR TEACHING PLACE VALUE

Primary

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, hundred. Tens, ones, ordering number to  OO’s, 1,000’s, comparing numbers greatest, least, 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

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 place value, 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.

BOX CARS FAMILY OR PARENT NIGHTS

1-2 hours

Math Game Nights – Primary or Upper Elementary, OR All Elementary, 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 while playing together.   Our team will provide proven ideas and strategies for learning the operations, fact fluency strategies, and place value, and for middle years, 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 event 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