Making Math Meaningful Math Kit (K-3)

Making Math Meaningful Math Kit (K-3)

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Grades: K-3

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Product Description:

Manipulatives to use along with the Making Math Meaningful Sets.

Category Description for Making Math Meaningful:

In the words of author David Quine, "Making Math Meaningful is based upon the idea that people are a special creation of God with abilities and needs to worship, to create, and to reason. With Making Math Meaningful children are taught to reason, to understand, and to apply what they learn - not simply parrot back information!" The curriculum stresses understanding concepts over computational practice.

This is a complete math program for levels K-6. Each Parent-Teacher Guide consists of a series of highly organized activities, or lessons. Chapter objectives are clearly stated. Each lesson is separated into "What I am to Say" and "What I am to Do" sections that the teacher can easily follow. There are three basic lesson types: Exploring, Naming, and Applying the Concept. In Exploring, the child investigates a concept. Manipulatives are used in levels K-3 to provide concrete examples. In Naming, math terminology is introduced. In Applying, the child practices the concept or skill.

A suggested teaching schedule is provided, but the teacher should move at the student's pace. Quine recommends that children be taught math during longer periods of time, 1.5-2 hours, for 2-3 days a week. This provides sufficient time for the teacher to introduce whole concepts and the student to digest the information. If a grade level is completed before the school year ends, move to the next level. Otherwise, stop and pick up at the same point for the following year. After completing level 6, students should be ready for Algebra I.

Sets for levels K-4 consist of a Parent-Teacher Guide (includes answers to the workbook exercises) and a Student Workbook. Level 5 has a Student Directed Workbook only with answers at the end of the workbook. Level 6 has a Student Directed Text only with answers at the end of the text. Also available is a math manipulative kit for grades K-3 that includes 50 Unifix Cubes, 100 Counting Chips, and 100 Connecting Links. Other required materials are listed at the beginning of each activity and can generally be found around the house.

One aspect I liked about the Parent-Teacher Guides is every lesson is an activity. Students cannot be passive about learning math when they are asked to count pennies, dimes, and dollars (to learn about base 10 place value) or to equally divide a loaf of bread for a family of 8 (to learn about fractions). This program does a great job presenting "real-life" math problems to which students can easily relate. For example, division problems are presented in the context of a family's summer travels across the U.S. and the distance they traveled between cities.

Although I agree with Quine in emphasizing concepts over computation, my concern is that there may be students who need more practice in computation than is provided. Personally, the more practice I got, the better my computational skills became. If this is the case for your child, you may need to find a suitable computational supplement. Also, there are no written tests or quizzes for this curriculum. The rationale here is that the parent should know whether or not the child has understood a concept since he/she interacts so closely with the child in this program. However, for student-directed levels (5 & 6), there are evaluations by the chapter. ~ Anh




Category Description for Making Math Meaningful Grade K:

Equal & unequal, making lengths equal, serial order (putting objects in order), making groups equal, representing objects with symbols (pictures and numbers).




Category Description for Making Math Meaningful Grade 2:

Addition & subtraction (involving numbers 0-20), place value (tens, ones), addition & subtraction with real objects & symbols (involving numbers 0-99), part-whole (solves math sentence, or equation, with missing part or whole), and multiplication & division (grouping, common fractions).




Category Description for Making Math Meaningful Grade 3:

Place value (hundreds, tens, ones), addition & subtraction (involving numbers 0-999), multiplication & division (writing equations using grouping notation, i.e. 9(3) + 2 = 29, and basic facts), common fractions (identifying fractional parts of a whole, fractions in measurement, introduction to mixed numbers), and investigating problems (word problems).




Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Category Description for Making Math Meaningful Grade 1:

Comparison sentences (are two groups the same?), order sentences (less than, greater than, equal to), equalizing sentences (making two groups equal), and addition & subtraction sentences.




Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade Start
K
Grade End
3
Format
Other
Brand Name
Rainbow Resource Center
Weight
0.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.0" x 6.5" x 0.5"
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Needed it
Vicki B on Sep 25, 2019
used as a kid and love using with my own kids!
emily s on Oct 7, 2018
Needed it
Vicki B on Sep 25, 2019
A must have when doing the lower levels in Making Math Meaningful
Ashley V on Jul 29, 2019
used as a kid and love using with my own kids!
emily s on Oct 7, 2018
I am using the Making Math Meaningful Kindergarten program and need the manipulatives! It would make my job a little easier instead of trying to find substitutes around the house for the activities.
Rachel M on Dec 18, 2017
go with curriculum i already have
patricia g on Aug 27, 2017
Used them previously
Barbara J on Jan 18, 2017
A must have when doing the lower levels in Making Math Meaningful
Ashley V on Jul 29, 2019
I am using the Making Math Meaningful Kindergarten program and need the manipulatives! It would make my job a little easier instead of trying to find substitutes around the house for the activities.
Rachel M on Dec 18, 2017
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Excellent teaching tool
I bought this kit to go with the curriculum that was given to me. I love the visual that it gives to math. I can see that it is really helping my children to understand what is really going on when we are solving problems. An added bonus is that it's fun for them to use objects. It makes math a little more like a game and less like work.
April 7, 2016
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