Women in STEM

Each day, women are making strides across fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Historically, these Women in STEM have gone unrecognized, preventing young women from having access to role models who look like them. To change that, we have to start creating that representation. https://youtu.be/DqHO97LkVHU

Young women should be able to see someone who looks like them succeeding in the professional world. This creates STEM identity, which is the power of representation and sense of belonging creating purpose and sense of worth in associated fields.  This can benefit future generations as more people feel comfortable to explore their interests.  The Women in STEM project aims to demonstrate that there is no one “face of STEM”, it is ambiguous.

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We’ll be featuring resources from our very own Good to Know series and math materials from PBS LearningMedia. Attendees can also learn about the new ‘Text-to-Teacher’ project from Cyberchase! Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, NY. The Conference will run 4:15pm-7:15pm.

Making Sense of Money

In fourth grade, your child will use the four operations to solve word problems involving money. In order to do this, she will first learn to decompose, or break apart, one dollar into smaller units. We call these units: quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Ask your child: How many quarters make up one dollar? How many quarters make up two dollars?

Decomposing Fractions

To decompose means to break apart. Your child has already decomposed whole numbers with number bonds, tape diagrams, and place value charts. In fourth grade, he will decompose fractions. Three-eighths is a fraction. We can decompose three-eighths into parts using a tape diagram as the visual model.

Units of Measure

In fourth grade, your child will use the metric system to measure length, mass, and capacity. Length refers to the measurement of something from end to end. Long lengths are called distance. Mass refers to the measure of the amount of matter in an object. Capacity refers to the maximum amount that something can contain, commonly called volume.

Partial Products

When your child first learns to multiply two two-digit numbers, she will use the area model. This visual tool illustrates how to decompose numbers and find four different products. As her skills improve, she will move from this pictorial model into a concrete method called partial products. Using partial products to solve forty-three times fifty-six, looks like this. She will start by multiplying tens times tens.

Area Model

When first learning to multiply two two-digit numbers your child will use the area model. To start, your child will use her knowledge of place value to decompose into tens and ones. To decompose means to break apart. Let’s decompose these numbers by the value of each digit. The value of two tens is twenty.

Multiplication Fluency

Your child’s introduction to multiplication is through repeated addition. He will draw an array to visualize, or see, five groups of four stars. He will count the stars and find the total. As his understanding improves, he will skip count to find the total more efficiently. Your child will use a variety of visual models, to represent multiplication as he works toward developing multiplication fluency.

Rounding: Nearest 10 or 100

Learning to assess the reasonableness of an answer is an important mathematical skill. It’s your child’s way of seeing if she’s on the right track when problem solving. Sometimes we use rounding to estimate a solution. In third grade, your child will round whole numbers using a vertical number line and round to the nearest ten or to the nearest hundred. Let’s round seven-hundred sixty-two to the nearest hundred.

Solving 2-Step Word Problems

In third grade, your child will solve two-step word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Let’s try one: There were ten adults and five children at the movies. Each adult ticket costs $8.00 and each child ticket costs $3.00. What is the total cost of all the tickets? What is this question asking us to find?

Fractions on a Number Line

In third grade, your child will represent fractions in pictures, number bonds, and on a number line. These drawings, or models, allow your child to develop a visual understanding of what fractions really are. Remember, the fraction one-third means that three equal parts make up one whole. How do you represent fractions on a number line? In third grade, your child will begin by placing fractions between zero and one.

Fractions: Modeling with Number Bonds & Tape Diagrams

When a whole is broken into equal parts each part is a fraction. Each part of this fraction is one-half. Your child will draw tape diagrams as a visual tool to help him break apart one whole. In third grade, your child will break one whole into two equal parts, three equal parts, four equal parts, six equal parts, and eight equal parts. Let’s solve a third grade word problem: Braydon had pizza for lunch.

Peg Meets Cat/The Valentine's Day Problem

It’s the season to celebrate love and Peg + Cat gets into the spirit with these new episodes! In ‘Peg Meets Cat’, Baby Peg is desperate to tell Mom she wants that stray kitty for her pet and problem-solving partner, but she can only point and say “TWO!” Primary Content: Counting to 30 by 5s Secondary Content: More and less. In ‘The Valentine’s Day Problem’ Peg and Cat scramble to make enough valentines for all their party guests and a pair of surprise visitors. Primary Content: Counting by 2s Secondary Content: 2D and 3D shapes, symmetry.

Local Teacher Center to Host Common Core Parent Night

Have you ever asked yourself what is a number bond or a ten frame? Have you ever thought why this multistep process to solve a math problem is so important? Come spend a night engaging in exactly these discussions. Learn about the strategies being taught as a part of common core math. See how the skills begin in kindergarten and develop step by step, building each year.

Regrouping 100s & 10s to Subtract

You may hear your child and her teacher talk about Place Value Disks. When learning place value, addition, and subtraction, place value disks are a great tool to tie together your child’s understanding before using the standard algorithm. They are especially helpful when regrouping, that is, changing one unit to another unit. Watch this tool in action on a place value chart. Forty-three minus sixteen.

Foundation of Multiplication and Division

Your child sets the foundation for understanding multiplication and division in second grade. The first layer in building this foundation is a concrete understanding. He will use objects as counters to create equal groups. Ask your child: Can you make groups of three? Yes!

Tape Diagrams: Modeling 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction

Your child continues to use tape diagrams as a visual tool to solve word problems. Now, he solves for an unknown in any position. Here’s a second grade word problem: There are twenty-three students in Miss Nord’s class. Seventeen students are present today. How many students are absent? Let’s draw a tape diagram to see what this problem asks us to find.

Number Forms

Part of using base-ten numbers correctly is understanding how to express the same number in different forms.

Let’s use: 273. This is the base-ten numeral written in standard form. Next, let’s express 273 in unit form. To help, your child may label with a place value chart. Hundreds column, tens column, ones column.

Special 'Peg + Cat' Celebrates the Spookiest Season Through Math

Peg and Cat invite you to join them for a special hour of four all-new, back-to-back math mysteries that kick off with a spooky Friday-the-13th problem. Later in the week, guest star Sandra Oh returns as the voice of the President of the United States in a new episode. Watch on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00am on WSKG TV. https://youtu.be/wg46Fzh1bws


Join WSKG for 'Odd Squad: The Movie' Screening Event

Families are invited to WSKG Studios for activities and a free screening of Odd Squad: The Movie on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  Come dressed as an agent!, make blob!, earn a badge!, and more!  Doors open at 5:45pm and seating is limited.  If you would like to attend, you must RSVP using the online form below. NEW ADDITION TO THE EVENT: Come meet K9-Mac and Deputy Andres from the Broome County Sheriff’s Department! In this feature-length Odd Squad event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes and odd problem.

Fan-Favorite Series 'Odd Squad' Debuts First-Ever Movie

In the new ODD SQUAD: The Movie, when a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrives with a gadget that fixes any odd problem, Odd Squad is run out of business. The agents are forced to disband and return to life as regular kids. When they learn the gadget isn’t solving problems, but only covering them up, the original Odd Squad agents, Olive and Otto, return to team up with the new Odd Squad. Together, they use math and teamwork to disprove Weird Team and prevent rampant oddness. https://youtu.be/mFYDoz1WRbk?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi

Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

Olive, Otto, and Oscar Are Back!


In this feature-length ODD SQUAD event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes any odd problem. As a result, Odd Squad is run out of business and all the agents are forced to disband and go back to their lives as regular kids. Using math skills and teamwork, the kids discovery Team Weird isn’t actually solving problems, but just covering them up. The Season 2 cast teams up with the Season 1 cast to stop Weird Team and save the world from destruction. https://youtu.be/eid6jHLCPuI?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGSMda-yOQpQX0gQgH7t-JOi


Watch on WSKG TV at 8:00am and 4:00pm on Monday, August 1, 2016 and Friday, August 5, 2016.

Tallies, Charts, and Tape Diagrams in Summer Learning

Gathering data and figuring out what you know are important steps in solving a problem. But, how you organize all that information is just as important! We’ve gathered some simple, helpful resources to practice this skill with your child at home. What type of data would your child enjoy collecting? Perhaps he looks at shoes while at the grocery store and tallies how many people wear green, blue, or black shoes.

Learning Continues Throughout the Summer with WSKG & Local Libraries!

Summer learning continues all season long at your local library!  Join WSKG as we partner with the Coburn Free Library for the kick-off of its Summer Programming.  On Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:00am the library presents Moreland the Magician and WSKG Youth Services.  We’ll be highlighting our super awesome Good to Know math series.  Come visit us at the Owego Methodist Church, next to Coburn Library.

Odd Squad Returns with One-Hour Special 'Agents of Change'

New agents are joining Odd Squad – Find out who they are on with the world premiere of “Agents of Change” on WSKG TV! Watch full episodes of Odd Squad on pbskids.org/video or the PBS KIDS Video App. Play Odd Squad games at http://pbskids.org/oddsquad

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm and Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:30am and 4:30pm. https://youtu.be/LTYUUZ7Bj9Q


Education Specials Explore Math Corps and Charter Schools

It All Adds Up from American Public Television
IT ALL ADDS UP profiles the teachers and students of Wayne State University’s Math Corps, a groundbreaking organization that partners struggling middle and high-school students from Detroit’s public schools with collegians, who help teach vital math and life skills the kids need to succeed. After 16 years, the program’s results speak volumes: more than 90 percent of Math Corps’ students graduate from high school and more than 80 percent attend college. Produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, the documentary features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of the Math Corps. Watch Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:00am on WSKG-TV


Outside The Box from American Public Television
Amid controversy, charter schools – free public schools funded by tax dollars – first opened in the United States 20 years ago, largely in response to low graduation rates and the failure of schools to better prepare students for higher education and the job market. Today, charter schools make up an increasing percentage of the U.S. educational landscape, with approximately 5,000 schools in 41 states.

Celebrate the Outdoors with 'Cyberchase' Activities

WSKG celebrates the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is this online collection of nature-themed activities that are low-cost/no-cost and easy to replicate at home or in the classroom. Topics include wind power, temperature, recycling, fog, ecosystems, and more.  Cyberchase airs on WSKG TV Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10:30am.  Tune in to support math and environmental lessons.

'Peg + Cat' Face Their Biggest Problem Yet

In PEG AND CAT SAVE THE WORLD, a one-hour movie event, the President of the United States calls on Peg and Cat to save the day when a planet-sized Pig is heading towards earth. New episodes of PEG + CAT debut throughout the week.  As your kids enjoy the PEG + CAT movie event and new episodes this month, they can have fun at home with their own PEG + CAT puppet show! Learn how. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10:30am and Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11:00am.

Seed to Table Lessons with 'Cyberchase'

WSKG is proud to air Cyberchase and we love learning about math and the environment!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘A Seedy Business’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
The citizens of Factoria are back to work, but the benefactor of their factory is Hacker, and he serves the employees unhealthy meals from vending machines. To get the Factorians out of Hacker’s clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food. For Real segment: Harry and Bianca volunteer at a farm that raises organic livestock and grows healthy foods. They learn about proper gardening, and the benefits of eating seed-to-table.

'Cyberchase' Episode is a Lesson in Math and the Environment

WSKG loves learning about math and the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘Bottled Up’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
Radsters are an active bunch, but they have a big problem: water bottles. Way Cool Arena has been turned into a bottle dump, and the beloved skate park is next! The kids and Slider must find a way to get rid of the heaps of empties and reduce future waste while making sure Radsters stay healthy. For Real segment: While visiting his friend at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Harry learns about sustainability, like recycling fabrics in clothes to reducing plastic waste by using reusable water bottles.

Southern Tier Math Conference

Join WSKG at this free conference for PK-12 teachers.  We’ll be featuring resources from Cyberchase, our very own Good to Know series, and PBS LearningMedia. Sessions include math workstations, Math & Movement, Transformational Geometry, Flipped Classroom, Math and Computer Science, MIND Research Institute, Texas Instruments, and more!  The conference is sponsored by Broome-Tioga BOCES and the Broome County Teacher Center.  Click here for more information.

Peg + Cat + Holidays

“The Hanukkah Problem” – When Albert Einstein invites Peg and Cat over for Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al’s home and save his Hanukkah. “The Christmas Problem” – When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world and then deliver them using 100 sleighs. “The Penguin Problem” – Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew “over,” “under,” and “in between.”
 Watch on WSKG TV December 24th! And don’t forget to visit Peg + Cat online for more videos, games, and math galore!

Celebrate 8th day of Hanukkah with PEG + CAT

Don’t let the 8th day of Hanukkah go by without celebrating the number 8! Finding special reasons to talk about a number with your child will help him develop number sense and learn to count. Albert Einstein sings a song with Peg, Cat, and their friends about the number that Hanukkah is all about: eight! Want to celebrate other numbers with your child? Here’s an idea to get you started: We have 6 people in our family.

Cyberchase: Step It Up!

The 10th season of Cyberchase is here and it’s all about math and health! Have you seen the new educator resources available? Research has linked physical activity levels in children with physical and emotional health benefits, as well as academic benefits like improved cognitive performance and on-task behavior. Cyberchase: Step It Up! aims to inspire kids and educators to find small opportunities to work more steps into their regular day while enjoying the opportunity to learn related math. Over the course of five weeks, kids will add up to 400 more steps per day – for a total of more than 5,000 added steps.

Odd Squad: Against the Odds

PBS KIDS turns October into “Odd-tober” with a new one-hour special Odd Squad: Against the Odds Monday, October 5 featuring five all-new, back-to-back stories including “Piratitis” and “Undercover Olive.” These stories repeat on Wednesday the 7th, Friday the 9th, and Sunday the 11th – all odd-numbered dates, we might point out! https://youtu.be/P6_AkjsOPOc