March 5

World Record Broken!

The world record was not only broken, but it was shattered to bits and pieces.  The goal for the World Math Day challenge was 182,445,169 in a 48 hour time period.  The new world record is now 452,681,681!  There also broke a record of 2,001,570 participants in 204 countries around the world.  WOW!  That is a lot of students doing a lot of math!

My students surpassed my expectations.  Laurelville students answered a total of 102,448 questions in those two days.  I never  imagined we would hit a number like that.  FABULOUS JOB, FIFTH GRADE!  I am very proud of you!

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March 4

What’s All the Excitement About?

Have you been wondering what all of the excitement has been about in fifth grade math class lately?  Have you been caught up in all of the excitement and competition of World Maths Day?  You are not the only one!  In fact, you are one of over a MILLION students around the world caught up in the excitement.  Check out this video about World Maths Day!

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March 3

In Top 50!!

The World Maths Day challenge began today and Laurelville fifth graders were on a roll!  At 2:10 this afternoon, our class broke into the top 50 middle schools competing at #47!  By 3:00, the moved up on the list to #33!   Justin Payne thinks I may need to give my students blood pressure medicine.  They were quietly concentrating on their problems when I saw our school on the Hall of Fame list!  I was so excited that I think I may have let out a little scream. How exciting! I owe them a pizza party!

Don’t give up, though.  Since school let out, we have dropped off the list.  Keep working at home if you can and we WILL get back up there tomorrow!

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March 2

TODAY is the day!

Get your calculator fingers ready and start working math problems!  With the different time zones, the World Maths Day challenge actually started at 6:00 this morning!  I guess New Zealand is AHEAD of us in time because it is already March 4 in New Zealand!

So start working problems.  You will be participating in an event that includes 1,575,000 students from 26,000 schools representing over 200 countries!  Good luck!

February 27


Finally, we finished with the practice Achievement tests.  Although I get aggravated with the schedule disruption, the practice Achievement tests are a valuable tool.  Not only do they give students a feel for what their tests will be like, but it also gives us (the teachers) a better picture of strengths and weaknesses with our students.  Testing will be here before we know it!

I am AMAZED at how the fifth graders have taken on the World Maths Day challenge!  They have been getting on the computer at every possible opportunity to compete.  I can’t think of a better way to work on their math fluency!  Keep practicing!  I’ll give an update on new numbers soon.

Have a great weekend.  GO BRAVES!

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February 26

A Fun Challenge

The World Maths Day challenge has continued to be a hit in our class.  I can’t believe how eager students are to get online and work math problems!  We have many more students who have reached the 600 club and many who have now reached over 1000!

600+ Club:  Shaylee Payne, Brandon Cradlebaugh, Heather Rutter, Branden McNichols, Kaylee McNichols and Kate Ricketts. (and many who are very close-keep working!)

1000+ Club:  Shawn Winland, Tyler Bristol, Josh Johnson, Ian Lear, and Dalton Phillips

2000+ Club:  Hannah Caudill

3000+ Club:  Jacob Allison

WOW!  That’s a lot of math!

*Note:  I have heard several of you say that your brother/sister wants to join in the challenge.  You CAN register on your own.  However, if you would like to help contribute to Laurelville Elementary’s total, I can register you in as a class for Laurelville.   You would still get to practice, your numbers would not affect the results that I view of my fifth graders, and your total numbers would be added under Laurelville.  If you would like to get a brother or sister registered, just let me know and I will get you a user name and password.

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February 25

What a day!

Whew!  I am exhausted today.  It’s amazing to me that the STUDENTS have been taking achievement tests all morning (and some finishing in the afternoon 🙂 ) and I am the one who is exhausted.  I know it can’t possibly be due to the age difference 😉 so it must be due to the fact that I have spent each morning working on getting students caught up on make-up work!  We have had so many students absent a day here, a day there, that I decided that we would take yesterday and today to give those students time to get caught up.

Students, please remember that IF you are absent, you ARE missing something.  In addition to any worksheets that may be given, you may be missing notes that we have taken in our Math notebooks, Coach pages that we have worked on together, Study Island lessons or Daily Math Review problems.   These things don’t show up on engrade, so you need to make sure that you check with me on any of these so that you can get completely caught up.

On a brighter note, our fifth graders have been working hard on the World Maths Day practice!    Jacob Allison is leading the way.  He has correctly answered 2881 questions already!  Many students have reached the 600 club.  They are:  Hannah Hopkins, Eric Deluse, Karly Hart, Tyler Bristol, Kaytlyn Banks, Shawn Winland, Josh Johnson, Jacob Parker, Ian Lear and Dalton Phillips.  Keep practicing so that we may be a part of this world-wide event next week!

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February 24

World Maths Day 09

Interested in doing some more math competing with other students around the world?  Then check out World Maths Day 09. I have registered my students to start practicing and to compete in this world-wide activity on March 4.  The challenge is to set a new world record of correctly answered math questions in a 48 hour time period.  Please check out this web site!  You can find out how many students are currently logged in, daily results, top classes and top students from around the world!  You can start practicing for this event now!