Fun lab work isn’t just for science at Rice Elementary School. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are using an innovative Math Lab to master various math concepts based on individual learning assessments.
“Students are tested each week with a teacher made spiral review test over the concepts taught in previous weeks,” Principal Shelly Bosley said. “After the teacher grades their test, the students record their individual score in their personal data notebooks. When the students arrive in the lab, they select activities based on the test questions missed on the spiral test. Then, they choose from hands on activities to help them master or improve skills so that they can move on to higher level concepts more quickly.”
Math Lab activities are organized by grade level and concept and can range from manipulatives, such as tiles, base ten blocks, etc., to computer software and whiteboard activities. Students can work individually or in groups to help master the concept together. Students can even work on activities in the grade above them if they choose.
“We began Math Lab last year,” Ms. Bosley said. “This year at the beginning of school, 57 percent of our fifth graders were already testing at grade level or above according to the MAP assessment. We are confident this success is driven in part by our Math Lab.”