Workshops

Thanks for checking out our workshops and webinar page. We provide the following options:

1

In Person workshops
full descriptions can be found below

2

Virtual Webinars
We have been delivering these since March 2020 to great success. They are still hands-on workshops

3

Family Math and Family Literacy Game Nights
These can be presented both in person format or via zoom or using school district platforms

In-Person Math or Literacy

We provide a variety of in-person educational workshops that will help you get your students engaged with their math. Games are one of the best tools available to teaching math in a way that makes a difference in students’ lives. We are passionate about helping students and ensuring that all students have a chance to learn. Paper and pencil practice is often ineffective in getting children to engage with and retain the content being taught, and hands-on learning is the best solution to this problem. While we have students do some recording to demonstrate learning, practice is driven by hands-on games. 

We’re here to provide simple, easy solutions that will remove the fear from learning, provide inclusion and differentiation, and improve your effectiveness to create permanent understanding of important concepts. We’re here to develop a community of learners. Our teacher resource books can be used to teach a wide variety of concepts in mandated curriculums. For almost every concept and need, we have a game that will help students learn these concepts deeply. Discover a way to teach that will bring new life into your classroom! 

Everything you learn in our workshops can be implemented in the classroom the very next day.

We have a variety of workshops to choose from. If you’re not sure what workshop will suit your needs, please reach out! We’d love to help you pick the best workshop available. We can also develop custom workshops to suit your specific needs!

Math

Primary Math Games Workshop

Timeline:
half day up to a two-day workshop

Suggested Attendees:
Pre-kindergarten – through Grade 2/3 teachers, teacher assistants, special education and afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators, math coaches

This workshop will help your primary students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts in fun and engaging ways! We’ll teach you a variety of ways to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, dominoes and other easily found math manipulatives.  Concepts covered include:

  • Counting, Comparing Numbers, and One-to-One Correspondence
  • Operations including strategies for developing fact fluency with understanding Number and Operations in Base Ten,
  • Understand Place Value Concepts to 1,000’s
  • Representing and Interpreting Data with Charts and Graphs

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, and learn how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, game boards, and ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. We’ll also incorporate practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy.  Ideas for developing weekly lessons plans, and student work samples will be shared. Schools can pre-purchase kits and resources, and participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Math

Upper Elementary Math Games Workshop

Timeline:
Half day to two day workshop

Suggested Attendees:
Grade 3 – 6 teachers, teacher assistants, special education and afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators, math coaches.

This workshop will help your upper elementary students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts in fun and engaging ways! Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, fraction manipulatives, dominoes and other easily found math manipulatives. Concepts covered include:

  • Understanding Place Value System including Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percent including Operations with Fractions
  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Multi-Digit  Operations
  • Fact Fluency Intervention – Basic Facts
  • Statistics, Data Management and Organization of Data

Throughout the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, and learn how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, game-boards, and ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. We’ll also provide practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Ideas for developing weekly lesson plans, and samples will be shared. Schools can pre-purchase kits and resources, and participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Math

Middle Years Math Games Workshop

Timeline:
Half day to two day workshop

Suggested Attendees:
Grade 5/6 – Grade 8/9 Teachers, Special Education High School teachers, teacher assistants, afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators, math coaches.

In this workshop you’ll learn engaging and effective ways to help your middle years students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts! We’ll play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, fraction manipulatives and other easily found math manipulatives. Concepts covered include:

  • Beginning Algebra and Linear Equations
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
  • Mixed Operations/Order of Operations Integers
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Statistics, Data Management, Organization of Data, Analysis and Inference

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each game, and learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk and integrate problem solving strategies, and how to use game activities for assessment purposes. We will also provide student samples, game-boards, and ideas for whole/small group instruction.

Throughout the workshop will be practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy as well as sharing ideas for developing weekly lesson plans. Schools can pre-purchase kits and resources, and participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Math

Family or Parent Nights

Timeline:
60 – 90 minutes

Suggested Attendees:
Parents, Guardians, Administrators, Select Teachers, and Students

Parents and students come together to play a wide variety of math games from the award-winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series. Using cards, dice, or dominoes, families will review and strengthen basic math concepts.  Our team will provide proven ideas and strategies for learning: basic operations/basic facts, place value, multi-digit operations, order of operations, and more. For middle years, we will review basic skills and advanced math concepts. Playing together builds success and self-esteem for students while making it easy for parents to provide support and encouragement in the home setting.

NOTE: Some schools opt to do a Parent Only Format – no problem, whichever format is chosen, we will still provide an engaging, fun workshop that will help parents work with their children.

21st Century and Title 1 Grants are great sources of funding to provide this type of workshop

Math

Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons

Added onto many of our full day teacher workshops, the Box Cars authors and consultants can visit your school or district for the day or week and teach model lessons to your students.  A timetable for the day is constructed with your input and we teach as many students and classes as possible. Teachers can have input into concepts taught to their class, and will observe management and teaching strategies used by the consultants or authors. Teachers learn right alongside their students and experience firsthand how easily and effectively games in their classroom can take place. Teachers and students alike will experience strategies for immediate implementation, differentiation for individualized student success, and encouraging Math Talk.  Teachers will be provided a Lesson Observation Guide to help focus their observations and provide a basis for debriefing the lesson later that day by the consultant.

 

Many schools pair Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons with a Family Night event. Finishing off a day of Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons with a Family or Parent night is a great way to build continuity throughout your school community. Consultant Classroom Coaching Lessons can be provided in Kindergarten through 9th Grade classrooms.

Math

Oh the Math the They’ll Know - Pre K to Kindergarten

Timeline:
90+ minutes

Suggested Attendees:
Early Primary teachers, ELL, special education, teacher assistants

We’ve put together a tailor made workshop for Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten levels. It’s never too early to start teaching key math concepts! Come prepared to play games that  incorporate the use of cards, dice, and multi-sided dice and dominoes that teach the following early childhood concepts: 

  • subitizing
  • counting to 5, 10, to 20 and beyond
  • comparing numbers as greater or less than, odd even
  • counting on from a given number, patterns
  • Developing early operations
  • doubles 
  • Make 10 and more

We’ll share Ideas for developing Math Talk, journal drawing/writing, and other response activities throughout the workshop.  Participants will learn how to create math stations, use student response for assessment purposes and how to extend the games and activities to the home.  Come prepared to play.

Math

Connecting the Dots - Primary Domino Math Games

Timeline:
90+ minutes

Suggested Attendees:
Kindergarten to Grade 3 teachers, ELL, special education, teacher assistants

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double-six dominoes that teach the following concepts: 

  • numeration/number sense
  • Subitizing
  • basic operations
  • Multi-digit addition and subtraction
  • place value
  • Graphing
  • and more. 

This manipulative is easy to use and integrate into your program, and the games are appealing for all learners to use. We’ll also share game-boards, journal writing extensions, differentiating ideas, and time-saving management tips. Games are great for regular classrooms, after school and special education programs, and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.

Math

Linking the Learning - Upper Elementary Domino Math Games

Timeline:
90+ minutes

Suggested Attendees:
Grade 3/4 to 6 teachers, special education, teacher assistants

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double-six dominoes that teach the following concepts: 

  • All operations including multi-digit work
  • Fractions
  • place value including decimals, 
  • data management and organization of data. 

This manipulative can be easily integrated into your math program and the games are appealing to all learners. We’ll share game-boards, journal writing extensions, differentiating ideas and time-saving management tips. Games are great for regular classrooms, after school and special education programs and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.

Math

Double Dare You - Double Dice Math Games

Timeline:
90+ minutes

Suggested Attendees:
Primary, Upper Elementary, Middle Years

Double dice are incredibly popular with students of all grade levels and their teachers. The uniqueness of double dice make students want to use them over and over again. Come prepared to play some of our favorite Box Cars games that incorporate the use of these motivating manipulatives. We use double regular, double 10-sided, double 12-sided and three-in-a-cube dice to teach the following concepts: 

  • all operations and fact fluency,
  • order of operations
  • place value
  • fractions
  • data management and organization of data
  • statistics and probability.  

We will show you how to extend the games into math journal writing, pull assessment pieces, and how to provide math talk opportunities.

Math

Fraction Games and Strategies

Timeline:
Half day

Suggested Attendees:
Upper Elementary – Grades 3 to 6

This workshop can be a standalone  workshop for upper elementary teachers. In this workshop participants will play games and learn strategies that use cards, dice, fraction circles, and number lines to help teach the following fraction concepts: 

  • Equivalency
  • common denominators
  • Decimals
  • Percent
  • operations with fractions
  • and more. 

Games will incorporate the use of engaging manipulatives that help students gain deep understanding of fraction concepts and will be tied to strategies that help students move from a concrete understanding to abstract levels. We will also share thorough lesson plans and teaching sequences. Game-boards will be provided.

Math

Primary Math Games for Teaching Place Value

Timeline:
90 minutes to a half day

Suggested Attendees:
Kindergarten to Grades 2/3

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided place value dice and number lines. Games and strategies will focus on the following concepts:

  • naming tens/ones, hundreds
  • ordering number to 0 to 1,000’s
  • composing/decomposing numbers
  • comparing numbers as greatest, least, or between
  • beginning rounding strategies
  • using benchmarks on number lines
  • number patterns using number lines and 100 charts 
  • and more. 

We will share reproducible game-boards, student samples, math talk, and journal writing extensions. Throughout the workshop we’ll provide Ideas for working with this essential part of the curriculum and bringing concepts to life for students with engaging and fun activities.

Math

Upper Elementary Math Games for Teaching Place Value

Timeline:
90+ minutes to a half day

Suggested Attendees:
Upper Elementary, Grade 4 to 6

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided place value dice and number lines. Games and strategies will focus on the following:

  • naming, ordering and comparing large numbers
  • decimal concepts
  • rounding and expanding numbers
  • written and standard form
  • identifying specific place values
  • estimation and patterns. 
  • composing/decomposing numbers 

We will share reproducible game-boards, student samples, math talk, and journal writing extensions. Throughout the workshop we’ll also provide Ideas for working with this essential part of the curriculum and bringing concepts to life for students with engaging and fun activities.

Literacy

Play On Words - Primary Literacy Games

Timeline:
2 – 3 Hours

Suggested Attendees:
Kindergarten – Grade 3, Regular Programs, ELL Programs, Resource Room and Special Ed Teachers

Are you a teacher who is seeking hands-on literacy activities for your students? Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of easily found literacy manipulatives including literacy dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. Games are easy to differentiate and integrate into your literacy program, perfect for whole class play or small differentiated groups/center play. The ideas are also easily adaptable to literacy backpacks for home practice and provide engaged practice for all students including ELL and special education. Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each games, and learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop extensions, and how to use the game activities will be provided.

Concepts covered include:

Introducing the alphabet and its’ sounds, letter matching
Building rhyme, word families and letter patterns
Vocabulary – enriching our students spoken and written vocabularies
Exploring and spelling simple CVC words,
Learn about the vowels,
Word Play with all kinds of words: homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms
Working with multi-syllable words and more difficult phonograms

Participants will receive an extensive handout with gameboards, see many student samples and get ideas for using commonly found items to play the games. Come prepared to play and experience the power of using games for bringing literacy concepts to life for your primary students.

Literacy

Literacy Fundiementals - Upper Elementary Literacy Games

Timeline:
2 – 3 Hours

Suggested Attendees:
Upper Elementary Grades 3 – 6 Regular Programs, ELL, Special Education and Resource Room Programs

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your upper elementary students gain confidence and competence with key reading, vocabulary, writing and comprehension concepts? Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of cards, literacy dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. Games are easy to differentiate and integrate into your literacy program, perfect for whole class play, or differentiated small group/centers. The ideas are also easily adaptable to literacy backpacks for home practice and provide engaged practice for all students including ELL and special education.

Concepts covered include:

Word Families, sight words and advanced phonograms
Vocabulary development including work with synonyms, homonyms, antonyms
Phonics including vowels, double vowels, blends
Spelling simple to multi-syllable words
Cloze and questioning activities
Parts of Speech including N/V/ADJ/ADV

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each games, learn how to differentiated the activities, how to develop extensions, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Participants will receive an extensive handout including gameboards ready to use in the classroom the next day!

Virtual Math or Literacy

Virtual workshops are an effective way to bring all the fun and engagement of our traditional workshops right to your door! We’re passionate about helping teachers and schools get the most out of their classroom time, and we know that games are the most effective way to do that! Game play vastly improves a child’s ability to learn and retain a concept. Games also greatly increase retention and engagement time where students are playing and practicing math far longer than they ever would through traditional teaching methods. We want to help you make learning fun again, no matter where in the world you are! That’s why we have our virtual workshops. We’ll go through all the same concepts that we would in-person, but from the safety and comfort of your own home, office, or classroom. All workshops are still “hands-on,” and we require participants to have manipulatives on hand. Manipulatives can be found at schools, or Box Cars can provide kits and resources as a pre-purchase. 

We’ll demonstrate and play through games and provide tips for differentiation and management throughout the virtual workshop. Our virtual workshops cover student samples, math journal questions, math talk, and math thinking extensions. You will also receive a comprehensive pdf handout with black line masters for use in your classrooms or to send home with your students. 

Make sure you bring your best energy! We still want to have fun and make these workshops an interactive, enjoyable experience for everyone!

You get to decide the math content we cover!

Our webinars will also teach the following strategies:

If you’re looking for ways to keep your greater school community engaged, consider a virtual Parent night or Family Math Night! We will prioritize games that use cards, regular dice, or dominoes – materials many families already have at home. We can also arrange for schools to pre-purchase family kits and resources which are shipped ahead of time for schools to distribute to participating families.

Literacy

Play On Words - Primary Literacy Games

Timeline:
2 – 3 Hours

Suggested Attendees:
Kindergarten – Grade 3, Regular Programs, ELL Programs, Resource Room and Special Ed Teachers

Are you a teacher who is seeking hands-on literacy activities for your students? Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of easily found literacy manipulatives including literacy dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. Games are easy to differentiate and integrate into your literacy program, perfect for whole class play or small differentiated groups/center play. The ideas are also easily adaptable to literacy backpacks for home practice and provide engaged practice for all students including ELL and special education. Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each games, and learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop extensions, and how to use the game activities will be provided.

Concepts covered include:

Introducing the alphabet and its’ sounds, letter matching
Building rhyme, word families and letter patterns
Vocabulary – enriching our students spoken and written vocabularies
Exploring and spelling simple CVC words,
Learn about the vowels,
Word Play with all kinds of words: homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms
Working with multi-syllable words and more difficult phonograms

Participants will receive an extensive handout with gameboards, see many student samples and get ideas for using commonly found items to play the games. Come prepared to play and experience the power of using games for bringing literacy concepts to life for your primary students.

Literacy

Literacy Fundiementals - Upper Elementary Literacy Games

Timeline:
2 – 3 Hours

Suggested Attendees:
Upper Elementary Grades 3 – 6 Regular Programs, ELL, Special Education and Resource Room Programs

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your upper elementary students gain confidence and competence with key reading, vocabulary, writing and comprehension concepts? Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of cards, literacy dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. Games are easy to differentiate and integrate into your literacy program, perfect for whole class play, or differentiated small group/centers. The ideas are also easily adaptable to literacy backpacks for home practice and provide engaged practice for all students including ELL and special education.

Concepts covered include:

Word Families, sight words and advanced phonograms
Vocabulary development including work with synonyms, homonyms, antonyms
Phonics including vowels, double vowels, blends
Spelling simple to multi-syllable words
Cloze and questioning activities
Parts of Speech including N/V/ADJ/ADV

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each games, learn how to differentiated the activities, how to develop extensions, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Participants will receive an extensive handout including gameboards ready to use in the classroom the next day!

Pre-Recorded Math or Literacy

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