Math Challenge

Math Challenge is a FREE program that gives elementary students a chance to practice their mathematical problem-solving skills with fun and engaging problems. Throughout the challenges, the program covers problem solving strategies such as draw a picture or model, make an organized list, look for a pattern, working backward, and guess and check.

Details about the program can be found here: http://www.mathinaction.org/ben-rush.html

  • Parents print the challenges at home and assist their children with completing the questions.
  • Completed papers should be turned in at the PTA basket in the Office by the due date.
  • We rely on parent volunteers to help correct the papers.
  • Students who have completed all challenges, will receive awards at the end of the year.

This year, we will also be organizing a Math Tournament on Dec 6th and Dec 13th at Ben Rush open to all students. The top 25 scorers in each level and division will be invited to the master round that will be held in Spring 2019. More details here!

Below is the detail schedule for the event:

6:30 p.m.             CHECK-IN

6:50 p.m.             Instruction and opening remarks

7:00 p.m.             Mental Math

7:15 p.m.              Problem Solving

8:00 p.m.             End of tournament; students will be released to parents.

VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in volunteering at the tournament, please sign up for Dec 6th and Dec 13th.

THE TOURNAMENT

Mental Math Challenge (15 minutes) – Students will be presented with 40 problems to be solved by students ‘mentally’.  Because of the emphasis on speed and accuracy, students are given only 10 minutes to answer as many of the 40 problems as they can. Each correct answer worth 2 points. Maximum individual score on this test is 80.

Problem Solving Challenge (40 minutes) – Students will be presented with 20 problems to solve. The first 8 questions are worth 5 points each, the next 7 questions are of intermediate difficulty and worth 7 points each, and the last 5 questions are harder and worth 10 points each. During this round, participants will be given scratch papers to do any calculation to reach final answers. Maximum individual challenge score is 139 points. The mental math and individual test scores will be added to determine individual awards for a maximum of 219 points.

Tournament tests are completed in traditional papers and pencils. Scores will be generated by computers. Please make sure your students are comfortable in ‘bubbling in the answers’.

Please read the TOURNAMENT GUIDELINES.

PRACTICE

http://www.ellipsisacademy.com/mc-tournament-practice.html. Please do a practice run with your student if you have not done it already. Note that the test format this year is different than last year’s tests.

RESULTS

All results will be announced and posted on the last week of January 2019. Invitation to Math Challenge Masters will be sent out after results are posted.  All awards will be available for pick-up by early February 2019.