Family involvement in education is proven to have a profoundly positive influence on children’s learning and overall growth and development. Effective teachers involve and educate families in a variety of ways that support student learning in mathematics.

For an upcoming Family Math Night your school is hosting, each grade level team is tasked with planning activities and creating resources for families who are able to attend in person. Choose a K-8 mathematics standard to focus on specific to the grade and then using the “Benchmark – Family Math Night” template, plan the following activities aligned to that standard:

“I Notice – I Wonder Activity”: Find two images relating to the math standard or a math problem that students and families can note their observations of and ask questions about. I Notice – I Wonder method helps students and families understand and make sense of math problems and approaches to solving them. Additionally, choose one of the images and create a mock-up of possible observations families might make.

Video: Create a helpful 2-4 minute how-to video for students and families based on a K-8 standard. Using the selected mathematics standard, write an aligned learning objective. Create or find a mathematics problem aligned with the objective. Use technology tools to creatively put together a video that demonstrates through visual communication and examples how to use a visual model or manipulatives and the standard algorithm to solve a problem.

Take-Home Math Activity: Create a take-home math activity aligned to the same mathematics standard that families can work on together. Submit the activity, a link to the digital activity, or a picture of the activity that you created.

In 500-750 words, describe and reflect on the following:

Describe how the Family Math Night you planned for your classroom will educate and engage families in math and why that is important.

Explain how you would collaborate with your colleagues to effectively plan the Math Family Night. How would you ensure you work together to develop rigorous learning experiences that promote creativity, critical analysis, and multiple perspectives?

Describe how you would collaborate with stakeholders (students, families, communities, colleagues, and other professionals) to establish a positive and supportive learning environment and promote student growth and development through Math Family Night.

Explain how you designed activities that purposefully engage students in creative and critical thinking within your Math Family Night and how these skills can be applied as interdisciplinary skills across content areas.