Welcome to New Monmouth's 1st Annual
Beginning Monday, March 13, 2017 and ending on Friday, March 24th, students in grades PK-5 will be encouraged to participate in this at-home enrichment opportunity that is sure to be beneficial and tons of FUN!
New Monmouth’s "March Math-Ness" combines the sport of basketball with the subject of mathematics. Much like the NCAA March Basketball tournament, New Monmouth’s “March Math-Ness” places our classes against each other in a friendly bracket system competition where students will work together as a team to see who can earn the most points. The winning class (with the most points in this head-to-head matchup) moves on through the tournament. Classes that do not proceed to the next round can still earn points to achieve the highest point total and total point winner title. That’s right! We will crown two winning classes: the bracket challenge winner and the total point winner.
All of the materials needed to participate can be found on the left side bar of the New Monmouth March Math-Ness webpage. Here’s how it works:
Students will have the opportunity to choose one or several mathematical tasks to complete at home in addition to their regularly assigned mathematics homework. (Please Note: Mathematics homework does not qualify for competition points.)
Just like basketball, these tasks have been assigned separate point values which are described below:
1 point Basketballs: We’re shooting for precision in Fact Fluency here. Basic Math Facts appear directly on a Basketball Template
2 point Basketballs involve a Math Website Visit. Students have the option to visit a favorite MATH site. (A list of suggested websites, such as DreamBox will be provided.) Students play for 10 -20 minutes, depending on their age/grade level. However, that’s not all. Students must also complete a special 2-point basketball template by writing and describing their experience to earn the 2 points. (Students simply tell something they learned or something interesting that occurred while playing.)
3 point Basketballs: We’re shooting for Perseverance in Problem Solving & Writing Explanations here. Students have the option to choose from an assortment of problem solving tasks that require them to read carefully, think and create a plan before finding a solution. Again, a separate 3-point Basketball Template will be available. Students are to show their work on the back and explain their solution/mathematical thinking in words on the front. (3-point problems do not need to be printed. ONLY the completed, 3-point Basketball Template is to be returned to school.)
The work involved in this competition is differentiated and based on a student's grade level.
Once a student has completed a paper basketball template, parents are to check and sign off on their work.
Next, students are encouraged to color, cut out, and return their paper basketballs back to their teacher.
Our classroom teachers will keep a record of all basketballs handed in and points earned by their class. Therefore, each day paper basketballs (containing completed math work) are returned to school, points are calculated to find a total score for the class.
New Monmouth’s March Math-Ness 2017 Winners will be announced on Monday, March 27th.