Pine Creek Elementary Grades 2-5 students now have access to a supplemental math program that offers additional problem-solving opportunities and puzzle solving to extend their learning – Concept Quests.
Through the Classroom Grant program, MaryBeth Bates – Pine Creek Math Specialist – was able to pilot this resource at Pine Creek as an extension to the district adopted Bridges Math curriculum.
“Oftentimes, word problems are challenging for students.” said Bates, “Concepts Quests helps to extend student learning with concepts from current daily curriculum. It provides additional opportunities for students to use problem solving skills and strategies while applying mathematical knowledge in those learning situations, builds in student communication and math talk development, and gives the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively.”
The Foundation funded the purchase of this resource for all grade 2-5 classrooms at Pine Creek, impacting the current 400 students. This resource can be used again and again, allowing students in these grade levels to use it for years to come, continuing its impact for the foreseeable future. Based on the success of this pilot, the Foundation board will consider for district-wide expansion.
“It’s been great to see them develop and enhance problem solving skills while sharing their own discoveries, strategies, observations, and solutions with their peers,” said Bates, “all while being actively engaged in mathematical learning!”