Archive for February, 2012

More Guided Math Teacher Math Prompts

Posted on February 29, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Guided math | Tags: , |


Here are two sets of math prompts to use during a guided math lesson.  They say 3rd grade & 4th grade respectively,  but they go across the upper elementary math CCSS.

math prompts

more math prompts

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Rich Math Tasks in English and Spanish! Do them in Guided Math Groups and Math Centers

Posted on February 28, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Eureka!  I’ve struck gold! I found a site with rich math tasks in English and Spanish! Yeaaaaa;)  So be sure to check out these tasks! I would do some of these in guided math groups, so I could watch the students doing the math.  I would observe and question them along the way.  I would also put some of these in the math word problem solving center and let the students work in pairs to solve them.  Be sure to have the students show their thinking with a mathematical model and to talk about their strategies for solving the problem.  Also have them write to explain their steps and check their answer in a different way.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Upper Elementary Math Center Task Cards

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math | Tags: , , , |


Here are some great upper elementary math task cards.  They say 5th grade but the tasks really range from CCSS 3rd through 5th grade standards.  And here are some more!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Task Cards 101

Posted on February 24, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core, Differentiated Instruction, Math Centers | Tags: , |


Here is a great resource for making great task cards.  It has plenty of examples!  In the primary grades I often put pictures of whatever the task is with students doing that task.  Sometimes, I use illustrations.  It is important to remember that young students and many second language learners need picture clues to help them.  I also write the directions in STEPS instead of a paragraph form.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Word Problem Center Task Cards

Posted on February 23, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Math Centers, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , |


Here is a set of 24 task cards for the word problem math center. Here is a different set.  The word problem solving center is a place for students to engage in rigorous thinking.  In this center, they should

1)select a card

2)draw a model of their thinking to solve the problem

3) write a matching equation

4) write how they solved the problem

5) check their answer in a different way than the original way they did it

Let me know how it goes!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Teacher Prompt Task Cards for Guided Math Lessons

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , |


Here are some task cards to use during guided math lessons.  They will help you to think about how you are framing activities and phrasing questions.  They are also great discussion starters during grade level meetings to talk about questions that scaffold thinking and help to implement the mathematical practices.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Board Game Mania! Great Center and Guided Math Activities

Posted on February 21, 2012. Filed under: Math Centers, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , |


Board Games keep students motivated!  It’s a “little bit of Disney” with a rigorous standards based twist!  Here are some interesting math board games in blackline master that you can print and use!  And they are free!  I would teach them to the students in small guided math groups and then have them play them in math centers in partners.

*Also look at the other resources on Mathsphere.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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World Maths Day is Coming! Won’t You Participate?

Posted on February 20, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Digital Learners, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , |


World maths day is an opportunity to celebrate all that we love about math!It is free, fun and fabulous!     You could do a celebration on your grade level, at your school, at the district level or even participate in the worldwide set of activities (play with students from around the world ages 4-18)!  Millions of students  play games of mental arithmetic in 60 second  segments. Read all about it here:

Resource 1  (Description from Let’s Play Math)

Resource 2 (Official Site)

Resource 3 (Official Blog)

Resource 4 (Facebook Page)

Follow on Twitter:  @WorldEduGames

Bonus (Video to get you excited!)

P.S.  There is also World Spelling Day on March 6 and World Science Day on March 8th!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Math Center Websites

Posted on February 17, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Multiple Intelligences, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |


Here are some great math center websites!  It says 2nd grade but spans various grade levels. You could get lost on here! BE VERY CAREFUl!  It’s loads of fun standards based activities for the students.

Happy Mathing

Dr. Nicki

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Great Measurement Activity Sheets

Posted on February 16, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , |


Here is a great set of measurement activity sheets!  Be sure to look at all the pages (see at the bottom because it spans the grade levels…including some great metric measurement illustrations).  Measurement is one of the hardest concepts for elementary students. Be sure to look at the CCSS measurement links…look here on illustrative mathematics for a vertical level view …  http://illustrativemathematics.org/standards/k8     (click on measurement and you can also look at just the standards that have been illustrated).  Also remember that there is a great deal of problem solving in the new Math Common Core measurement standards!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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