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The Math Club at St. Christopher School is for 3rd to 6th graders and meets in the Computer Lab before school.  Our goal is to have fun, develop a love of math, and learn how math is used in the real world. Along the way, students will also learn new math concepts and refine their problem solving skills.

Given the range of math abilities inherent in this age group, we break the children into two to three groups and do: (1) Khan Academy on the Mac's; (2) peer education and problem solving; and, (3) discussions with the Math Club volunteer. The children switch around during our hour together. We also bring in parents, grandparents, and others who are engineers, programmers, carpenters, air traffic controllers, designers, builders, CPAs, etc. to show how they use math in their daily work.  In addition, we use MATHCOUNTS, SSAT math questions, and other appropriate and available tools.

IXL Math

Looking for a little extra math practice for your student? St. Christopher School provides access to IXL Math for all of it's students for free. IXL is chock-full of unlimited fun math practice for students in grades PreK through 6. Students should have received log-in instructions, along with a password, and can log in to the website HERE.

 

Catholic Math League

3rd through 6th grade students participate in the Catholic Math League, a national math competition for third grade through Advanced Math. It started in 1997 and currently serves hundreds of schools in the USA. There are national contest tests for each grade, each thirty minutes long. No grades are given for these standardized tests and results do not impact student grades. Instead, our goal is to enable our students to develop successful test-taking skills, while under time pressure, for their middle and high school years.

For further information about the Catholic Math League, as well as practice tests, please visit www.catholicmathleague.com.

 

Math Club Update

Parents, you can find the Khan Academy logon page right here:

 

https://www.khanacademy.org/login

 

This website is a great activity for your child during snow days and/or downtime on the weekends. Encourage your children to get off the video game or the YouTube video, and move to www.khanacademy.org. This is where your child should spend some screen time!

 

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I gave your children the goal to reach 100,000 points by the winter! The older students think I am funny, but I am serious. One older student came to Math Club last week with approximately 7,500 points. By the end of our Math Club session, she had almost doubled her points to well over 14,000. Now that's some math progress Khan-style, as opposed to 'gangnam style', a song they all know from the YouTube video! (You can locate your child's earned points in the top right-hand corner of the home page.)

 

A side note on KhanAcademy.org: under practice, Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra topics are broken down into big categories like 'Addition/Subtraction', 'Multiplication/Division', 'Fractions', etc.  We find many of the children want to skip the first one, 'Addition/Subtraction', because they are in third grade or higher and think they are beyond 'Addition/Subtraction'.  They want to go straight to multiplication! There is the problem with this type of thinking and using KhanAcademy.org.  Under the 'Addition/Subtraction' category, which has 16 skills to master, Sal Khan goes way beyond the typical first and second grade +/- curriculum.  Sal Khan gets into negative numbers, absolute value, word problems, and other things. Yes, it starts off easy. Therefore, it is essential that they master the whole Addition/Subtraction section before moving on! Please encourage this!

 

We are slow progress with the MathCounts Silver Series problems with our fifth and sixth graders as I hoped; we have done three of the 25 problems. Yes, these are hard problems for fifth and sixth graders.  We will continue to push forward on these problems! Please note that these problems are in the dreaded word-problem-style where the student has to create the math equation from the words and then solve it.  Learning how to read a math problem is a critical skill, just like learning how to write a paper for English or History.

 

I would like to thank Mr. Lembree for his valuable help in past years. Senora Bichrest and I hope your children will have fun with Math!

 

Thank you for encouraging your child to get on KhanAcademy.org.   Please email me with questions, concerns, suggestions, and/or if you'd like to volunteer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .