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Math Field Day

in the Large School Division Wilson 5th and 6th graders are the District Champions (1st place) for the 12th straight year!

District Champions

Wilson dominates Math Field Day for the 11th straight year!
A clean sweep in both 5th and 6th grades!! That's 17 titles in 11 yrs (only 22 possible!)

Math Field Day
Math Field Day

Math Field Day is an annual event for students in grades 5-8 created to spur students' curiosity in mathematics. Students compete in math various grade-level competitions:

Number Sense - 50 multiple-choice questions involving number sense, such as computing numbers involving exponents, powers, roots, and simply problems.

Mental Gymnastics - Calculate and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division without the use of a calculator. Here is a sample problem: 10+9+8+7+6+5+5+6+7+8+9

Calculator Challenge - Calculate various problems using a calculator. Here is a sample problem: Find the area of a triangle with an altitude 17.2cm and a base of 8.5cm

Leapfrog - Problems which involve measurements and geometry, such as selecting appropriate units of measurement and use ratios to convert within and between measurement systems. Here is a sample problem: Three angles of a quadrilateral measure 50°, 50°, and 150°. What is the measure of the fourth angle?

Construction Derby - Students work cooperatively to construct an object within a specified amount of time. The object is measured, tested, or compared by a team of proctors.

Did you know that Wilson students have qualified for district titles in either 5th, 6th, or both for the past 10 Years!

We will spend December and January perfecting our skills until the BEST 3-5 kids in each game are identified. We begin to keep track of wins and losses around the 2nd or 3rd week of January. The process of elimination begins in early February and is a very difficult process indeed! The kids meet three days a week at lunchtime to practice. How do we select the final team to participate? The teaching team reflect on competition results, general math proficiency, and certain intangibles (such as performance under pressure). The final team is composed of the top THREE students in each game from both 5th and 6th grade (30 team members total), with only the top 2 (game and event) right before the competition performance as "active" competitors, the 3rd serving as alternate (20 active team members, 10 alternates.)

After the final team is selected at the end of February/beginning of March, we begin the process of placing them in an "event" which will compose the other half of the competition. These events (calculator challenge, mental gymnastics, construction derby, and leap frog...which is algebra and geometry, not jumping over each other! These are the more traditional math components of the competition and again, the teachers will assess each of the students to determine strengths and weaknesses.

Practice sites:
3D Tic Tac Toe (select 2D version at the bottom):
5 in a Row:
iTunes apps - "Hexatious" and "Gomuku"

Key Contacts:
Dave Hauck - [email protected]
James Torres - [email protected]

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