Get Set for Mental Math


On Wednesday March 28, volunteers from AAUW Makefield visited the Get Set after school program in Trenton, NJ.  Claire Passantino, Marna Matthews and Laurie Hagan acted out the story of “The King’s Commissioners.”  One student played the “princess” and delighted everyone by explaining how to count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to reach the same total!

Children used Froot Loops to make necklaces in counting patterns, and to search for patterns in a hundred chart. Approximately 25 students from grades K-4 participated in the program. Volunteers  from Lawrenceville School and Princeton University helped the children with their math.

The following Wednesday, each student received a magnetic hundred chart to take home. The charts are used to practice skip counting, and to do mental math – adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.  The center received four copies of the book to use for group reading.

The Let’s Read Math outreach of AAUW Makefield is funded by Bristol Myers- Squibb. Workshops have taken place in Mercer County, NJ and Bucks County, PA.

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