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Friday, November 22, 2013

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Jonah Zuzan and Andy Clark enjoyed Family Math Night Oct. 22 at Union Elementary School.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Jeff and Logan Flament played games together at Family Math Night Oct. 22 at Union Elementary School.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Aiden and Rich Davis enjoyed pizza and math during Family Math Night Oct. 22 at Union Elementary School.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Francesca and Jean Rubesa attended Family Math Night Oct. 22 at Poland Union Elementary School.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Eric and Emily Beal participated in Family Math Night Oct. 22 at Union Elementary School.

By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN

acrisman@vindy.com

Third-grade students and their families participated in a night of math fun during Family Math Night Oct. 22 at Union Elementary School.

The Supplyroom Educational Materials provided the education games for the evening, including ShapeOmetry, a visual perception, spacial reasoning game; Money Monsters, a game dealing with money and Double Shutter, a math dice game using addition and subtraction.

Sharon Blumental from the SupplyRoom said family math nights are important.

“They make math more enjoyable for everyone,” said Blumental. “Kids don’t realize how fun math can be, and during Family Math Night they get to do math and spend time with their families.”

The students enjoyed the games.

“My favorite game was Double Shutter,” said Jonah Zuzan.

Representatives from PNC Bank came to help the students use place-value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. The students, placed in teams, spun a wheel with different monetary values. The students had to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.

Participants enjoyed pizza and math together in a fractions activity. They used pizza pies to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers.

“They’re learning skills they will use throughout their life,” said Missy Kountz, third-grade teacher.


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