First In Math®, 24® GAME
Meredith Mathematics & Science Institutes
Based on the popular 24® GAME, the FIRST IN MATH® Online Program is designed to focus on basic skill acquisition and has an open-ended, self-pacing design that supports differentiated instruction. The Internet-based program provides individual students with opportunities to increase their mathematics skills at their own rate, while earning electronic "award stickers" for their personal and classroom scores.
Students play the 24 game and myriad bonus modules designed to captivate and engage them in this proven online resource. Activities introduce skills in organized skill sets. Games help students learn how to adapt and apply knowledge in a variety of problem-solving situations, allowing students to feel ownership of the learning process and helping them experience success in mathematics. The site tracks student progress and provides real-time reports for teachers and administrators.
Participating teachers and students can access FIRST IN MATH® from any computer with Internet access. There is no software to download, so students can access the site from school or from home. For more information about the online program, go to http://www.firstinmath.com/.
- The mini-grants are limited to two classes/classrooms per school in any school not already participating in the FIRST IN MATH® Online Program. (Additional classes in a building may participate by purchasing FIRST IN MATH® classroom subscriptions.)
- Any teacher in a third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grade class with a maximum of 36 students per classroom in a public or non public school in North Carolina is eligible to apply for the mini-grant.
- Each teacher receiving a grant must attend a half-day workshop that will provide information about using the FIRST IN MATH® online program and competition. There is no cost for this workshop. Two workshops will be held at Meredith College in Raleigh: Monday, July 26, from 9 a.m. - 12 Noon OR from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mini-grant teachers are invited to lunch at Meredith between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. Transportation is the teacher's responsibility.
- Each teacher and his/her principal must commit to "activating" the teacher's team on or before September 15, 2010, participating in the program until the program's conclusion on April 30, 2011.
Mini-Grant Applications: Click the link to complete the online application http://www.firstinmath.com/grant.asp
- Grant application deadline is June 20, 2010.
- Mini-grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to teachers whose classrooms meet eligibility criteria.
- Each mini-grant will fund subscriptions for up to 36 students per class.
- Pairs of teachers in the same school are encouraged to apply for mini-grants at the same time. Each teacher must complete an application.
About a Competition: The 100 classrooms established by the Meredith Mathematics and Science Institutes and Suntex International Inc. mini-grant may compete in a special tournament.
- Winning team is determined by the average number of "stickers" per student that a class earns in the FIRST IN MATH® program. (Individual and team stats are visible to students and teachers in real time.)
- Competition start date is September 15, 2010. Competition end date will be April 30, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
- A subscription for FIRST IN MATH® will be awarded to the top team at each grade level for the 2011-2012 school year.
- One iPod will be awarded to the top-ranked student from the mini-grant classrooms.
- Special FIRST IN MATH® T-shirts will be awarded to the top student at each grade level and all students in the winning class from the mini-grant classrooms.
Meredith Mathematics & Science Institutes and Suntex International Inc. have awarded mini-grants to classroom teachers in North Carolina to participate in the FIRST IN MATH® Online Program.
- My students are loving First in Math!! We can only use it on Fridays...but the students look forward to it all week. Some students are getting on at home. They love watching their stickers add up. It is a wonderful program. Our county technology coordinator was so impressed that she is purchasing the program for our whole county. I love it! Thank you so much!!
~ Jill Gambill, Alleghany County
- My students love First in Math!! They compete to get to the computers first to use it each morning. I have already seen improvement in their computation during math class. This is truly a great program!
~ Leathea Woodruff , 5th Grade Teacher Green Ridge Elementary
- My students are really enjoying this First in Math program. They are loving the competition we have with the other fifth grade involved at our school. My students are only able to access it at school for 30 minutes every fourth day, but many are taking on the challenge of playing at home. They love coming in the morning and seeing who gets to wear the Player of the Day badge, and we complete the 24 card everyday to try to win the monthly contest. I'm so glad you offered this grant!
~ Stefany Johnson, 5th Grade Teacher Altamahaw Ossipee Elementary School
- I have 2 First in Math teams, Solar and Upstart, which are going strong. We are ranked 5th and 7th in the NATION! YAY! I love and value this program!
- ~ Beth Walker,
5th Grade Teacher Academy Heights Elementary School
- My students are so motivated with First In Math. They are excited and eager to work online. Every day they ask if they can do First In Math. This is a wonderful program and our PTA has purchased the program for the remaining students at our school. Thank you for this opportunity.
~ Christina Coley, 5th Grade Teacher China Grove Elementary School
- My fifth grade AG students love First in Math. Of course they thought is was so easy until they got to multi-step problems. I am happy to be able to use this program with my students.
~ Sharon Bennett, AIG Teacher Vanstory Hills Elementary School
- My students are loving it. They mostly complete it at home. I have 2 teams, and they have over 75,000 stickers together. We have a bulletin board devoted to First in Math and post the week's top 5 as well as top 5 overall for the school. I am impressed with the quality of the site and think it is very motivating to the students. I questioned whether 10 year olds could really do a Skill set 8 game on their own until I watched a couple of them. We have had quite a few students out with the flu, and although most of them were too sick to be at school, they were still playing online. I understand its addictiveness. I currently have over 10,700 stickers myself. We start class each day with the card of the day, and we won the contest for September.
~ Leesa Martins, AIG teacher Marvin Elementary
- My class loves First in Math and begs to use it. And the students who have internet at home are spending a lot of time using it at home.
~ Cortney Bell Weidner , 4th grade Teacher Rocky River Elementary School