Math Shake was designed by, and for educators and parents who want to promote numeracy in their students and children. The Common Core Math Practice standards align in delightful ways with how we designed Math Shake to be used in the classroom or at home. You can read more about lesson ideas and strategies for promoting effective numeracy with Math Shake in your classroom with the free multitouch book, Share Your Thinking.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
How: choosing word problems in the Zone of Proximal development where students need to persevere think critically to solve is Math Shake's raison d'être.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
How: Students are encouraged in Math Shake to change a word problem to a number sentence, by manipulating and interacting with aspects of the question. Students can reverse the problem (addition to subtraction, multiplication to division) and use a variety of tools to find the solution or define the question.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
How: Students in Math Shake are encouraged to screencast their problem and record their thinking. They can use share these videos with peers to encourage feedback and healthy criticism.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics.
How: Math Shake has many tools to visualise quantity, number, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. These are designed to scaffold students to solving the problem mentally as they gain confidence.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
How: Again, Math Shake's tools are designed to assist students in strategically solving problems. Math Shake itself is a tool that should be used strategically to promote effective numeracy.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 Attend to precision.
How: "Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning". We have a variety of resources to promote the development of precision and metacognition in mathematical thinking - download the free multitouch book to get started.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 Look for and make use of structure.
How: Math Shake's tools, such as the tens frame, are designed to help young students look for patterns and 'short cuts' which help students become more numerate.
We believe Math Shake can transform students attitude and aptitude toward mathematics. Download Math Shake today!