Granby Elementary School recently held their third annual Math Night for students in grades 1-3. The math night theme, which was prehistoric, featured lots of dinosaur activities which focused on number sense and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability according to event organizer Mickey Jo Sobierajski. Sobierajski is the K-3 AIS Math teacher at Granby.
Dinosaurs were everywhere in the cafeteria where the event was held for students and their parents. Participants had so much fun doing the activities together; they hardly realized they were doing practical application math problems. One activity involved measuring how many bones it took to measure the size of a baby Apatosaurus marked out on the cafeteria floor.
Another asked students to estimate the number of items in a jar; the jar contained “dinosaur poop” (brownies). Prizes were awarded to those who came closest to the actual number.
The event has proven to be very successful at the school and provides a wonderful opportunity for parental interaction. “The response from parents has been very positive,” said Sobierajski. Judging by the students’ enthusiasm, the evening was a huge success; almost as big as a baby Apatosaurus.