Hoover Elementary makes math a game

For the second straight year, staff at Hoover Elementary School, Coon Rapids, staged a fun-filled math night for students and parents.

What’s my number? As Michelle Hermanson holds the card at her forehead, her first-grade daughter Madisen offers clues telling her, “It’s one less than nine.” “It’s half of 16.” “It’s twice four.”

What’s my number? As Michelle Hermanson holds the card at her forehead, her first-grade daughter Madisen offers clues telling her, “It’s one less than nine.” “It’s half of 16.” “It’s twice four.”Photo by Sue Austreng

After enjoying slices of pizza in the school lunchroom, Math by the Slice participants played a variety of games designed to boost the youngsters’ math skills Nov. 7.

“This is just a fun way for us to connect parents with the way we do math now – it’s not the way we learned to do math,” said Principal Gwen Sherburne.

“It’s also a community building evening and it’s just a lot of fun.”

In the gymnasium, students rolled a bowling ball toward the pins, then calculated the number of pins left by subtracting the number knocked down from 10.

To play What’s My Number one player held a playing card to his or her forehead while the other offered clues, saying, for example, “It’s half of eight.” “It’s one less than 10.” “It’s twice three.”

Other math games included Clear the Board, Bullseye and Statistic Suits.

And as they left the school building, parents were invited to bring home an envelope of math games to play at home.

“It’s just a fun night and it helps kids enjoy math,” Sherburne said.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

 
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