# Archive for March, 2012

## National Chocolate Week Math!

Hey folks!  It’s National Chocolate Week!  What?  How did I not know… I try to keep up with these important things!  I just saw it yesterday while walking through the airport.  So in celebration of such a wonderful week, here is some chocolate math!  and another link! and another link!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Math Energizers

Here are some more elementary math energizers!  Have fun playing them and let me know how it goes.  I would try to integrate energizers into the schedule everyday as a quick way to review mathematical concepts.  The students look forward to these games and they learn a lot of math too!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Great St. Patrick Day Math Activities

Did you know that there was an old lady who swallowed a clover?  Who knew… I sure didn’t.  But I knew of her cousin, you know the one that swallowed a fly! Oh my, I don’t know why she swallowed the fly…. I love that story!  But, her cousin swallowed a clover.  And, there’s so much math to do with this book in celebration of St. Patrick’s day!  Here is a great site that has links to 3 free math activities for St. Patrick’s Day!  Oh What Fun!  They also tie into the new CCSS measurement and data standards.

1.  Old Lady Clover Tally Graph Game.  They have all the stuff she ate in pictures and the students roll and tally what she ate and then discuss the graph.

2.  Old Lady Clover Dice Game.

3. Lucky Charms Graph

In addition to that, here are some more great links for the book!

Link 1  (Sequencing Necklace Activity…great for talking about ordinal numbers)

Link 2

Link 3

Link 4

Link 5

Link 6 (Coin Activity)

Link 7 (bring Felt back!  It is great for sequencing and telling number stories)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

* PS …Lucille Colandro has a whole series on The Old Lady Who…..

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## Writing About Geometry

Modeling and explaining your thinking is a big part of being a proficient mathematician!  We have to get our students to be able to talk and write about what they know to be true.  We want them to be comfortable with the words “Prove It.”  We want them to be confident writing detailed explanations that provide evidence of their understanding.  Here is a great example of that in geometry!  Here is another example! Check it out and let me know what you are doing to build your students’ mathematical proficiencies!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Energizers

Here are some great elementary math energizers! Energizers are great games to play when you want to “warm up the brain” or get students to “put on their thinking caps.”  They should be quick, fun and build mathematical concepts.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Newsletters for Students

Here is a great model for a student math newsletter.  You might tweak this in various ways.  Maybe, you send this home with your advanced learners.  Remember that the National Math Report states that they are the ones that are slipping through the cracks.  You might also do this newsletter with various scaffolded activities so that a variety of learners have access.  You might start a math club and this would be the letter that goes out to the math club members.  There are many possibilities.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Upper Elementary Metric Stations

Here are some great upper elementary metric station task cards.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Fractions, Decimals, Percents: Math Center Activities and Guided Math Lessons

Here is a great packet of fraction activities that you can do in a guided math group and then put in math centers.  Often I will play games in guided math groups with students until I am certain that they fully understand the concepts and then I will put the games into math centers so that they can practice.  The new Common Core Math Standards focus on building a conceptual understanding of fractions in grades 3-5. Students are expected to illustrate fractions to explain their thinking, so a variety of encounters working with fractions is necessary to build background knowledge.  You also really want to work in small guided math groups because this gives students an opportunity to talk out their thinking and intensely listen to others and explain what they have said.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Olympics

Math Olympics is a great project to do by grade levels or as a whole school.  I have done it before and the students absolutely love participating in it.  In this packet there are some suggested activities.  I like these but I would also think about the CCSS and add activities from each domain.  So for example, I might have a word problem challenge.  In this game the students would have to sort 10 word problems into the correct category (addition, subtraction, compare, part part whole or multiplication or division).

I might also have the Polygon Race.  In this game students would get 5 task cards with descriptions of 3-d figures and they would have to make all the figures out of playdoh in 5 minutes flat.

Another example would be to have a set of mixed up numbers and the students have to run and put them in order (by skip counting patterns).

Email me some of your ideas!  Definitely do a Spring Math Olympics!  It’s fun, engaging and academically rigorous!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Polygon Museum

Here is a great information sheet and fully designed math project.  It is an Anchor Activity entitled: Polygon Museum Project!  An anchor activity can be a project that grounds your current math unit of study.  It is a shared experience among the children, although they might have different roles in making it happen.  There are many ways to do it. This particular example  shows how you can do an engaging, rigorous, standards-based math project with your students.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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