This is my mountain math bulletin board. Doesn’t it look pretty? Love those bright colors.
But let me tell you a few things. Boy, was it HARD to align with my curriculum. And when I say curriculum I mean align with the math common core standards AND the math textbook that my district adopted.
4 hours people. That’s how long it took me to work it all out. That’s not counting PUTTING THE BULLETIN BOARD UP. 🙂
I’ll give you a rundown of the positive things about mountain math:
1. Spirals so that no skill is ever forgotten. In my opinion this is the way to go with math. Well, really with everything.
2. Cards are done for you. Sure you could make up your own kit (which I was tempted to do about each hour!), but who wants to do that?
3. Colorful. Yes, I’m ashamed to admit that color draws me in. Love it. Can’t help it.
4. Friendly customer service.
Now for the negative things. And I really do hate putting this out here, but it’s got to be told so that if YOU buy a kit, you’ll know what you’re getting. And they may not bother you. 🙂
1. The 6th grade kit was not common core aligned so you could buy extensions that MADE it common core aligned. Well, um, no not really!!!!!!!!!! Out of the 6 extensions (8.00 each) only 3 are 6th grade common core. Right. Not happy. And not ALL common core standards are in the kit. No inequalities. No other stuff-I can’t remember what else. So it’s STILL not common core aligned completely!!
2. No answer keys are provided. Ok, maybe I’m being unrealistic here. Am I?
With that being said, I am glad I bought the kit because I’m thinking it’s going to benefit my students so much. Hopefully. I’m sure they will be delighted to have more “math practice”. 🙂
Now this is what I have left to do.
1. Retype the question sheet that will be given to the students in my order.(Before school)
2. Number the cards easiest to hardest for each problem set.(After school starts)
3. Make answer keys. (After school starts)
Here’s the Mountain Math website.
Have you ever used the spiraling concept in your classroom?