Math Empowers Parents
Middletown Township Public Schools
Grades 3-5~1st Trimester 2017-2018
Math Empowers Parents, Grades 3-5 is a triannual newsletter for parents of children in third, fourth, and/or fifth grades. This publication will include information on how parents can support and foster the love of math at home.
Mathical 2017 Winners Announced
Math is more than numbers and equations! The Mathical Book Prize is an annual award for fiction and nonfiction books that inspire children of all ages to see math in the world around them.
Mathical Award Winners and Honor Books are selected by a nationwide committee of mathematicians, educators, librarians, and authors. Each year’s selections joins a growing list of stories ranging from picture books and graphic novels to chapter books and young adult literature. Click here for a list of 2015-2017 winners!
These books are great way to discuss mathematical concepts at home with your children while encouraging a love of reading!
Parents' Beliefs About Math Change Their Children's Achievement
What You Do:
1. Sit with your child and explain that you're going to
create an itinerary for Thanksgiving dinner!
2. Help your child look up cooking times and
temperature for your size turkey on the Internet or in a
3. Have them help decide when you will want to eat.
4 . Then, challenge them to figure out when will you
need to start the turkey, referring to the cooking times and turkey size.
5. Let your child become the official time keeper as the turkey roasts.
6. Explain to your child that the short hand on an analog clock shows the hours, whereas the long hand shows the minutes. Remind her that there are exactly sixty minutes in an hour.
7. Explain that each time the minute hand goes around, an hour has passed.
8. Review how to set a digital timer, or use a more traditional kitchen timer.
9. As you slide the prepared turkey into the oven, have your child start the timer and check the time on the analog clock.
10. Periodically throughout the duration of the roast, ask your child how much time has passed and how much time remains until the turkey is fully cooked.
11. Each time you ask the official cook time, have them first report the hours, then the minutes, and finally seconds that the turkey has been roasting. In addition, have them report how much time remains until the Thanksgiving turkey is done.