Math Empowers 2

Middletown Township Public Schools

Grade 2 ~ Third Trimester 2018-2019

March 14th is Pi Day!

Every year, math enthusiasts around the world celebrate Pi Day on March 14th, or 3-14, in honor of the first three digits of Pi. March 14th is also the birthday of famous mathematician and scientist ALBERT EINSTEIN. Pi is special because it’s a symbol used to describe the relationship (or ratio) between the distance around a circle (circumference) and the distance across the center of a circle (diameter). Consider celebrating Pi Day with your students. Click here for fun facts, videos, and activities.

The Final 1/3 ... of Grade 2

In the last trimester, second graders will begin to develop their conceptual understanding of metric measurement, learn to analyze and interpret data, plus explore the world of geometry and fractions. Considering fractions is the last Grade 2 topic, you may want to check out the following lessons found in the “Getting Ready for Grade 3” section of your GO Math! Planning Guide.

Lesson 18: Fraction Models: Thirds & Sixths

Lesson 19: Fraction Models: Fourths & Eighths (How to create a Fraction Kit)

Lesson 20: Compare Fraction Models

Ask your building math specialist to visit and demonstrate the Fraction Cover Up game too. Giving students the opportunity to preview third-grade material could prove to be academically beneficial.

20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk (K-12)

Steve Wyborney (creator of many popular numbers sense routines for K-12), has just finished and released a project that took him 7 months to complete. It's called 20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk - 20 days of lessons that give students a really good opportunity to experience number sense - and to experience very rich math discourse. He leveled the lessons so that they are available and accessible to ALL elementary students.

Included in this project are 4 different activities (and 5 days of each activity). Here is the breakdown:

Days 1-5: Estimation Clipboard

Days 6-10: Splat Activities

Days 11-15: Esti-Mysteries

Days 16-20: Cube Conversations

Your students will LOVE these activities...ask your math specialist if you have any questions or need any assistance.

This Trimester's MUST Twitter Follow... Dan Finkel @MathforLove

Have you seen Dan Finkel’s TEDx talk? If not, click here: Five Principles of Extraordinary Math will soon be hooked! After obtaining his Ph.D. in mathematics, Dan became dedicated to understanding and teaching the motivation, history, aesthetics, and deep structure of mathematics. Like many of us, Dan has made it his goal to “give everyone the chance to fall in love with mathematics.” Check out, where you can find a free lesson library and information about learning through play with games.

Tiny Polka Dot GAME: The Pyramid Puzzle (NJSLS 2.OA.B.2)

Tiny Polka Dot is an award-winning game created by Dan Finkel and Katherine Cook which aims to teach critical skills in counting, arithmetic, and logic through play. One of the 16 games included and appropriate for second grade is called The Pyramid Puzzle. Click the video below to see Dan and his nieces demonstrate how to play.

Fact Fluency ~ NJSLS 2.OA.B2

By the end of the year, grade two students are also expected to know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers. In other words, grade two students are to fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies (not their fingers). Consider implementing the following games from Dan Finkel's blog

Questions, concerns, resources to share? Contact:

Valerie DeMatteo

Elementary Mathematics Specialist

Harmony Elementary School