The First Week of School: Math

I have been thinking a lot about all of the different ways in which we can make math engaging, starting from day one! Math ought to be playful, engaging, fun, challenging(!), creative, real-world, purposeful, thought provoking, etc.

& so, if you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see that this is the way in which I plan to start the year … with centres & picture books of course!

The First Week of School: Math:
– rotating through 3 centres a day (+ one which is always “the initial assessment”).

Monday – Day #1
a) Introduce Math books, procedures, page set up, daily/weekly structure, etc.
b) Introduce Centres
c) Begin Assessment (number sense, etc.) – assessment includes pencil to paper, discussion, survey/questionnaire.

Day #2
1. Assessment (a little bit every day for 4 days)
2. Challenge: Find a One-Hundred Dollar Word (; How much is my name worth? (
3. Graphing Skittles / Gummy Bears ( ;

Day #3
1. Assessment (every day)
2. Marshmallows & Toothpicks Place Value (working with large(!) numbers) (
3. iPad Games

Day #4
1. Assessment (every day)
2. Where do we see numbers / math in our world? (Learning Log entries)
3. Shopping with Flyers (

Day #5
1. Assessment (every day)
2. Calendar Math (
3. Multiplication War (

P.S. We will have “longer than usual Math classes” week #1 .. just for the fun of it! 😉


3 responses to “The First Week of School: Math

  1. Thanks! I hope so …. Fingers crossed!

  2. What a great first week of Math. What assessment do you use that lasts a whole week?

    • HI Lyanne,
      It’s an assessment that I made a while back: Page 1 represents Grade One skills, page 2 represents Grade Two skills … so on and so forth, all the way to grade 12. Each page includes problem solving as well. They stop when they feel they’ve hit a wall. (We talk A LOT about it before they begin.) It’s not “perfect” … but it is certainly a place to start. I also use surveys, Art, questionnaires, observational records, discussions. etc.
      Hope that helps!

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