1. Barbara Chamberlin
  2. http://aces.nmsu.edu/mediaproductions/bchamberlin/
  3. Professor, Game Developer
  5. New Mexico State University, Learning Games Lab
  1. Sara Morales
  2. Math Snacks Sr. Program Manager
  4. New Mexico State University
  1. Karen Trujillo
  2. Math Snacks Outreach Director
  4. New Mexico State University
  1. Karin Wiburg
  2. http://ci.education.nmsu.edu/faculty/dr-karin-wiburg/
  3. Distinguished Professor, Learning Design & Technology
  5. New Mexico State University, STEM Research & Partnerships

Math Snacks: Addressing Gaps in Conceptual Mathematics Understanding with Inn...

NSF Awards: 0918794

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

Prior to the development of the Math Snacks products, researchers examined over 20,000 standards-based test results for K-8 students in four different districts to determine which mathematical concepts students struggled with. They found that middle school students show the greatest learning gaps in the areas of fractions, decimals, ratio/proportion, and number system concepts. Once the mathematics concepts were selected, mathematics educators, mathematicians, learning specialists and game developers, used the Learning Games Design Model and collaborated with teachers and students to develop, test and research 6 animations, 5 games, teacher resources and learner guides.
Math Snacks isn’t a curriculum, but a series of activities that can be used with the existing curriculum in grades 3-7. Some Math Snacks address more than one content area and can be used in a variety of lessons at different grade levels. All Math Snacks products are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and address the CCSSM Mathematical Practices when used as recommended.
Each animation and game has a Teaching With video and a printable Teaching With guide that helps teachers use the snack, offers discussion questions, vocabulary, and companion activities. Each animation also has a printable Learner’s Guide students can use to apply their concept to problem solving. Math Snacks is a free online resource and includes student materials in Spanish.

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