Archive for June, 2012

Another Great CCSS Resource

Posted on June 15, 2012. Filed under: Common Core | Tags: |


Michigan has some great ccss math resources!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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A Unit on Quadrilaterals!

Posted on June 14, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Manipulatives, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , |


The hierarchy of quadrilaterals is quite confusing for students.  Here is a great unit that has several hands on activities so that students begin to own this knowledge.  Remember that building geometric thinking is something that takes place all year long.  Talk about shapes during your weekly math conversations.  Have geometry “do nows” woven throughout your week.  Incorporate talks about shapes throughout your routines. I especially like the foldable books that they have integrated into the unit.  I would have the students do these and glue them in their math journals.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Elapsed Time Activities!

Posted on June 13, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , , , , |


Here is another way to think about elapsed time.  Remember that this standard is now introduced in 3rd grade in the math CCSS.  I would use elapsed time rulers as well.

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Dr. Nicki

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How did you do it?

Posted on June 12, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core | Tags: , |


You should ask your students this all the time.  Instead of asking them for the answer to a question, say “How did you do it?”  Here is a site with a printable “How did you do it?” set to post in your room.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. NIcki

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A MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH SITE

Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math, Manipulatives, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Here is a great website called Math Village that has interactive applets, videos and many examples!  Check it out!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Fractions on a Numberline: Math Workstation Activity

Posted on June 8, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Fractions on a Numberline is a big CCSS math idea.  Here is a great math workstation activity that brings that to life on a visual numberline.

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Dr. Nicki

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All About the Angles: Great Math Journal Activities

Posted on June 7, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math, Manipulatives | Tags: , , , , , , |


Angles is a 4th Grade Standard in the CCSS.  Here is a great set of activities to have students do in their math journals.  I really like it because it is interactive, engaging and standards-based. Check it out!

Runde’s Room Spotlight on Angles (scroll down).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Pattern Block Spinners and More: Geometry Math Workstations and Guided Math Lessons

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Guided math, Manipulatives, Math Centers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


Geometry is the only CCSS Math Domain that spans k-8.  We need to teach it throughout the year.  Have daily and weekly routines where you discuss shapes.  You might have a shape of the week where you discuss a shape deeply, adding to the  discussion everyday.  Here are some great spinners to use in math workstations.  You could have the students spin and collect and graph shapes.  They could also spin and try to fill in pattern block puzzles.  They could also spin and try to compose different shapes for example whoever makes 4 hexagons first, wins.

Resource 1 (Spinners)

Resource 2  (Spinner)

Resource 3 (Fun Unit)

Resource 4 (Fun Unit)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. NIcki

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Modeling Fractions: Great workstation activities

Posted on June 5, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Manipulatives, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Here is a great fraction unit.  I especially like the exemplars and the reasoning with the models.

 

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Dr. Nicki

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Great ways to celebrate student learning!

Posted on June 4, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |


Teacher Tipster is hilarious!  He has made a video of great ways to celebrate!

Look here!

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Dr. Nicki

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