Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mountain Math

I finally began using Mountain Math in my classroom.  Right now, we are in the introductory phase and they were actually cheering to continue after a short break.  I think it is the novelty of the Bulletin Board that has them hooked so far.
Below is a photo of the board.
Underneath the #24 in the small box are the pieces for an entire year.  It contains the double sided cards you use to switch out problems.
Click on the picture above to order your own Mountain Math Classroom Bulletin Board Set or the Center Set or Workbook Set.

Let's go through each number and I will list the objectives you could assess with each one.
Identify, read, and write any given numeral.

Identify odd and even numbers.

Determine "one more than" and "one less than"  and 10 more and 10 less than for any given number.

Use groups of ones and tens to demonstrate place value.

Identify the place value of a digit by its position in the ones or tens place.

Demonstrate place value using expanded notation.
Read, and write a given numeral in standard form.

Compare any two numbers using the symbols (>), (<), (=).
Represent whole numbers in groups of tens and ones.
Understand subtraction as an unknown addend problem

Identify a missing addend.

Identify a missing minuend.
Read a ruler to nearest inch.
Read a ruler to nearest centimeter.
8.    Count by 1, 2, 5,  and 10s by recognizing the patterns

9.    Identify missing numbers in a sequence
       Use number lines to model

10.  Tell time to the hour and half hour

11.   Recognize models showing 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and 1/10

12.   Demonstrate place value to 99 by using standard notation

13.   Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
        Add within 100 by adding a two digit number and a multiple of 10
        Add within 100 by adding a one digit number and a two digit number without regrouping
        Add and subtract two digit numbers without regrouping
14.  Represent addition and subtraction vertically
       Add and subtract one digit and two digit numbers without regrouping

15.  Apply the Associative Property of Addition

16.  Recognize and apply the Commutative Property of Addition
       Understand the meaning of the equal sign

17.  Recognize two dimensional and three dimensional objects in the environment (unclear about this 
        example, though)

18.  Recognize and reproduce patterns

19.  Recognize and use place value to add
20.  Fact Families
       Understand and apply the inverse operations of addition and subtraction

21.  Identify Symmetry

22.  Describe and interpret data

23.  Understand probability

24.  Determine the value of combined pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half dollars.      

I am going to one more week working through these problems with students and gradually release them so they can complete them independently during a section of math workshop.   I will have 5 sections and students will rotate through them on a daily basis, in order to, allow me time to work with small groups and do end of the year assessments.
  •      Math Mountain
  •      Math Centers
  •      First in math - (computer math program)
  •      Work with Assistant
  •      Work with Me
  •      Partner Games or Reading Math Books Together
If you would like to see how the fabulous Teacher Tipster uses Mountain Math, check out this video.



  1. I LOVE Mountain Math. I was introduced to it while student teaching. That is also when I discovered the Teacher Tipster :-). Have you seen his worksheet for Mountain Math? I showed that to my cooperating teacher (1st grade) and we started using it. I also reorganized her board - seperating it into well defined mountains. We used ribbon to outline each mountain, making it easy for the kids to see/use. The worksheet would have to be changed for different grades, but it helped a lot. I plan on getting MM for my own classroom.

  2. I've heard of this before and it looks amazing! I will have to check more into it..I wonder how I could implement it next year..hmmm :)