# Archive for April, 2012

## Clock Activities: Great for Use in a Guided Math Lesson

Telling time is always difficult for children.  Have them make and use these tools to scaffold their learning.

http://pinterest.com/pin/1759287324362224/

http://pinterest.com/pin/1759287324356305

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Teaching Mean Mode and Median in Digital Math Centers!

Here is a great game for teaching mean, median and mode! It is created in a very student friendly way.  It grabs your attention, holds it and teaches at the same time. Check it out!

Here is another great game!

Here are some power points about mean, median and mode.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Great Examples of Mathematical Modeling

I travel to a lot of different states.  Everywhere I go, everyone seems to be grappling with this idea of mathematical modeling. The New Math Common Core has placed a particular emphasis on Mathematical Modeling throughout. Whether or not you are aligning your curriculum to the CCSS, its explanation is revelatory. It states that:

Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems                    arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. …Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation…They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense…

Given this criteria, are your students mathematically proficient?  Do they have a repertoire of models to make sense of their mathematical thinking.  Here is a great resource with plenty of examples to get you started.  I found this online from the publisher.  These explanations of mathematical thinking are in the front of a great series of books on problem solving using bar diagrams. When I use these books I start with a grade level below the grade level I am teaching.  I would even start at the beginning of the series so the students have a conceptual understanding and procedural fluency so when they get to the more difficult problems they have a strong foundation.  See the resource page below of the different types of models and let me know what you think!

Resource 1

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Dr. Nicki

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## Be Sure to Celebrate National Math Month!

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about celebrating National Math Month!

http://www.mathaware.org/mam/2012/

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Ed_Its_Maths_Month/

http://www.dreambox.com/blog/april-showers-bring-math-awareness-month-2010-and-a-new-activity-calendar

http://www.examiner.com/smithsonian-museum-in-washington-dc/mathematics-awareness-month-april-at-the-national-museum-of-american-history

http://blog.schoology.com/2012/04/national-mathematics-awareness-month/

http://rhodeislandpbs.blogspot.com/2010/04/make-it-count-april-is-national-math.html

http://www.mathaware.org/mam/2010/

http://www.edison.k12.nj.us/cms/lib2/NJ01001623/Centricity/Domain/8/April-2012-%20Math%20Calendar%20II.pdf

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Poems to Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  Here are some poems to celebrate.  You could also create a class big book of math poems.

Resource 10

Resource 11

Resource 12: Be sure to see this post as well!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Great Primary Resource Packet: Use ideas for guided math groups and math centers

Here is a packet full of great things.  It includes finger flashcards, colorful ten frames flashcards, “I Have Who Has?” loop cards  and a variety of great story mats with pictures.  I would use these activities during guided math groups as well as in math centers.  Be sure to laminate the materials.  I might also use magnets on some of them so that the children could do them at a white board center.  Be careful with magnets and small children though, you don’t won’t them to swallow them.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Here is a great primary blog with a guided math section.  There are some links to free math centers!  Great Stuff! Check it out!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Even More Number Bond Resources

These are more Number Bond Games.  All students should learn number bonds.  In terms of the Math Common Core these are the guidelines:

K students should know number bonds through 5 and practice through 10

1st grade students should know number bonds through 10 and practice through 20

2nd grade students should know number bonds through 100

3rd grade students should know number bonds through 1000

Resource 1 (Make Flashcards with these)

Resource 2 Abstract Practice (I would put these in math centers with a sand timer just to build automaticity)

Resource 3 (Number Bond Activity Sheets for Math Centers)

Resource 4 (Practice with Number Bonds through 100)

Resource 5 (Number Bonds Games)

Resource 6 (A Sweet Number Bond Activity)

Resource 7  (Pictorial Representations of Number Bonds)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Great Differentiation Packet To Inform Math Centers and Guided Math Groups

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## Great People Pattern Energizers: Do with your whole class

Here are some people patterns that really can get your class moving.  I would project them on the overhead or pull them up on the interactive board and have the students do them as a class.  They are a quick math energizer that gets everyone doing a little bit of exercise too!

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Dr. Nicki

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