Contact Us

OPS Title I Director:

Ms. Tina L. Forté
531-299-0247
Email:
tina.forte@ops.org

U.S. Mail:
Title I, Omaha Public Schools
Teacher Administrative Center
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2024

Instructional Support - Math

 

An important component of Title I is to act as a comprehensive support program for students working below grade level in mathematics. Assistance is provided in the areas of curriculum and supplemental materials at the school's request. Data is collected to guide instruction and support and to ascertain the needs of each school.

Title I tutors at nonpublic schools receive staff development through Title I-sponsored inservices. Educational staff at facilities for neglected and delinquent youth attend workshops at their request. Computer software and hardware is provided to agencies and nonpublic schools. Knowledgeable professionals in Title I are available to assist teachers in finding resources and developing strategies to help students showing a need for help.

It is our goal to help you and your child understand and enjoy the subject of mathematics. You see, math is a very important part of life. It's everywhere! We use it to buy groceries, play games, cook or bake, wrap presents, or solve money issues. In addition, our modern world of computers and electronics requires the reasoning skills math practices develop. So join us here for fun with math. Both you and your child will see that math is understandable and helpful. Who knows, it might also end up being a lot of fun.


A Gift for Numbers

 

Make math a fun part of your birthday celebration!-- Give an educational gift the whole family will enjoy. Board games such as Sorry or Mancala, among others, reinforce math concepts while dishing out an ample dose of fun.


 Tips for Starting Math Practice at Home
• Show your children that you like math. Keep positive.
• Think of math problems as puzzles to be solved.
• Count things: stairs, fruit in your grocery bag, socks in a drawer, etc.. Count everyday and everywhere.
• Show children that math is with us everyday. Point out weights on a scale, numbers in a recipe, temperature or time.
                    
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Family Activities:
For primary ages, Pre-K to third grade.
              - Go hunting for numbers. Put on your safari hat (or a favorite hat) and try to find and identify numbers in newspapers or magazines, addresses, money, and clocks for example. Try this at home, the store, or a relative's home. Write down your findings and review them.
             -Fill a medium height glass with water. Pour the water into a another shorter but fatter container. Note how high the water goes into this container. Now find a container taller than the original glass. Guess how high the water will go into this container. Was your guess too high or too low? Find other containers and continue to guess on the final height. This estimation exercise builds the kind of thinking that leads to making sense of numbers and other higher math skills.
             -Fill a glass container with objects from your house, i.e. beans, buttons, marbles, etc. Ask your child to estimate how many there are. Empty the container and ask that the objects be counted aloud as you move each object aside. Recount by 5's. Count forwards and back. Counting is an achievement and will help your child understand numbers.
              -Make a fruit graph. Upon returning from the grocery store, place all fruit on a table. Have your child group the fruit by type: apples, bananas, oranges, etc. Have your child count the fruit, then make a graph using the fruit. For example, make a column of five apples. Next to that make a column of six bananas. Next to that make a column of two oranges. This is a fun introduction to graphing and mathematic tables.

 
For intermediate ages, fourth to sixth grade.
             -Bake cookies together. Ask your child what the measurements would be if you doubled the recipe. Or halved the recipe. Figure out how many cookies each member of the family gets to eat.
            -Find a calendar. Draw a rectangle around three consecutive dates. Find the sum and compare it to three times the middle number. Try the same with five consecutive dates, comparing the sum to five times the middle number. Next, put a rectangle around a 3x3 square with nine dates on your calendar. Compare the sum of these numbers with nine times the center number. Try the same for other 3x3 squares. Find the average of the numbers in a 3x3 square (to find the average, add all the numbers and divide by the number of dates, in this case, nine.)
             -Give your child an ad flyer for a grocery store. Have your child make up a grocery list that will feed the family for a day and  cost a specific amount of budgeted money. Have your child add up the prices of all the items. If the total is too great, talk about what items can be taken away. Talk about the nutritional value of those foods selected.
            -Make "guesstimates" on various distances, heights and amounts, such as; how high is the ceiling, how high can you jump, how many beans in a bag, etc. Record the "guesstimates". Then measure each category and record those results. Compare both sets of information.   

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Look at our
Math Games page for a featured game of the month.  
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Featured Math Games by Title I Department
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