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Welcome to 7th Grade Math  (link to landing page)


                       Welcome to my K-4 math support page!

On this webpage students and parents can find resources to help make math learning fun and engaging! Math is about creativity and making sense. All students can learn math at high levels as there is no such thing as a "math person." 

It is important both to celebrate mistakes and tell children their brain is growing when they make them.  Mathematics is about growth and learning.



At-home math packs

Each pack features ten pages of focused, independent practice on key math concepts, along with recommendations on the ideal IXL skills for additional practice.

Pack #1

Pack #2

Pack #3

Please scroll down to the "recommended sites" for math games to practice fluency. Sign into DreamBox to help build number sense.

                            Thank you and stay well!

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It's a STREET MAZE! Fun for all ages...

Not raining? (YAY!)  Get outside. Get some sidewalk chalk. Get to the HEART!

Get started -Draw a 5 square by 5 square grid. Draw a heart in the center square. Write the numbers you see in the picture into the grid.

It's a street maze! To play..
1. Start on the 1 in the bottom centre square
2. Then, jump 1 space in any direction (Front, Back, Left, Right) but NOT diagonal.
3. You can jump in any direction the number of squares indicated by the square you’re standing on.
4. Your aim is to reach
the heart.

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Games are the best way to practice math. I'll be posting activities, games, thoughts for the duration. Please look in file cabinet and recommended sites.


 Dice No dice to play a game?

  •  Virtual Dice/Spinner  * (click purple gear on upper right corner to change settings)
  • Write the numbers on a blank wooden cube- for 1-6 die follow this order
    • 1 dot opposite 6 dots
    • 2 dots opposite 5 dots
    • 3 dots opposite 4 dots


  • Use this template to make a cubeCube Template
  •  Cut out 6 smal squares of paper. On each square write one number. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Fold each square into fourths - fold in half and then fold in half again.  Need 2 dice? Just do it again! So, now you have 12 squares of paper - 2 of each number 1-6 (or you choose the numbers) . Or


  • How to make a homemade spinner:  
    • Trace a bowl on a piece of paper to make a large circle.
    • Draw some lines across to make spaces.
    • Write the numbers needed on the spaces.
    • Use a pencil to spin a paper clip on the spinner 




Dear parents - you might be finding yourselves wondering how to teach and support your child's/children's math learning. My main advice - Stay Positive! Let your child show you how she/he knows how to figure out a math situation. It probably does not look like how you learned math in school, but be patient. It really does make sense. Here's a couple of links that might help keep you going with an optimistic outlook.

Need some examples? The following link shows addition and subtraction mathematical models appropriate for Grades 1-3

Please reach out if you have questions or suggestions:





File Cabinet File Cabinet for Mrs. Wannamaker's Class

June 10, 2020
Geometry Vocabulary Definitions/Pictures
This resource is a helpful reference sheet for 3rd and 4th graders who adventure outside (and/or inside) for the Geometry Scavenger Hunt.
Click here to download.

June 10, 2020
Geometry Scavenger Hunt!
Ready, set, GO search for a “real life” example of each term!! Draw an example and write a description or label the item found. Note: use the geometry vocabulary reference sheet for support.
Click here to download.

May 14, 2020
After listening to Ms Wannamaker read the story (video on \\\"recommended sites\\\"). Cut out your own fireflies (or use buttons, pennies, beans) and find out how many different ways ten fireflies can be counted - some in the jar and some out. Write a number sentence to match; How about 8 fireflies? Or 7 fireflies? etc...
Click here to download.

May 1, 2020
Race to Ten Directions
This grades K-2 activity helps students practice distinguishing between the plus (+) and minus (-) signs. It also helps with fluency to 10. Check my web page - how to make a spinner- to make a 2-sectioned + and - spinner.
Click here to download.

May 1, 2020
Race to Ten game board
Use 1 to 2 working space papers for the Race to Ten game.
Click here to download.

May 1, 2020
Cups-of-counters-at-home: early division practice
Grades 3 and 4: Practice division and see it as a process of sharing and grouping all while noticing the relationship between multiplication and division.
Click here to download.

April 27, 2020
Shut the Box
A fun game of chance and strategy for all ages!
Click here to download.

April 27, 2020
Fifteen Sum - Tic Tac Toe
Here is a game that looks like a math puzzle, but is really tic-tac-toe in disguise. In the math game, two players take turns picking a number from one to nine. The numbers can only be picked once each game. The first player who picks three numbers that add up to fifteen wins.
Click here to download.

April 19, 2020
IXL - access site through the student parent area - The IXL Diagnostic offers students a mathematical learning pathway that is always up to date, provides clear next steps and makes the experience a delight for students. It creates a confidence-building experience for students by giving them an active role in their learning process. Students periodically choose which questions they want to answer next, and they receive notifications whenever IXL measures changes in their knowledge levels or generates new recommendations.
Click here to download.

April 19, 2020
This activity for grades 1-3 -gives students practice with place value concepts: develop a sense of quantity and recognize the value of organizing numbers/ large quantities into tens and ones.
Click here to download.

April 10, 2020
Circle and Stars
Circle and Stars Grades 2-4: A game to help practice multiplication facts and learn a strategy to find the product (factor times factor equals product).
Click here to download.

April 10, 2020
How-close-to-100 grid
Game board. No printer? - make a 10 square by 10 square grid for a game board.
Click here to download.

April 10, 2020
How Close to 100 - appropriate for grades 2 and up
In this activity, students develop their number sense and number fluency. They have an opportunity to visualize and develop their fluency with multiplication. Students roll two dice and draw the rectangle made by the values on the two dice. Their goal is to fill a 10 by 10 grid as much as possible with their rectangles. To figure out who won - addition and subtraction, also, come into play.
Click here to download.

April 10, 2020
Find the weekly recommended usage and tips. Access DramBox through the student & parent area.
Click here to download.

Recommended sites
Bedtime Math
Math really is a part daily life! A New York Times review praised the site and its free app stating, "A peer reviewed study showed that it (Bedtime Math) not only helps improve kids' math performance but also makes parents feel more comfortable with math." The site offers a daily story problem (usually based on an interesting fact) with multiple entry points - from Pre-K through 5th grade.
A reading of Ten Flashing Fireflies
I wonder what happens to the fireflies? What do fireflies look like? Have you ever tried to capture a firefly? Join Ms. Wannamaker while she discovers different combinations of ten flashing fireflies
Greg Tang Math: games and resources
Greg Tang makes math fun and accessible for Kindergarten through elementary students using games and puzzles that support thoughtful engagement.
NCTM's Illuminations
Interactives (and lessons): Illuminations Web site have been developed in alignment with NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards of Mathematics.
NRICH welcomes families to share their free, online mathematical activities for learners aged 3-19. The primary section is appropriate for younger learners. This bank of award-winning resources are ideal for children and students to work on independently.
What's Going on Out Your Window?
Get outside and observe the world mathematically!

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