Archive for August, 2012

Multiplication Array Practice! Do in Guided Math Centers

Posted on August 31, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core | Tags: , , |


Here is a great Array Word Problem Activity SheetMore! Even More!

Even More! And  Another One! One more! Even Another One! One More!

These are great activity sheets to have students do in math centers!

Check it out!

*Be sure to see the Pinterest Multiplication Board!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Back to School Math Ideas

Posted on August 30, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


Mathwire – Back to School Glyph Ideas!  Glyphs are great data activities that make students think in order to display data and then require focus and analysis and interpretation of the data they have displayed!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Multiplication Array Flashcard Idea

Posted on August 29, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Have your students work with Array Flashcards for Multiplication.  This is a great idea, They should actually make their own flashcards and then play with them.  They could either pull – product side up and have to name the factors or pull-factor side up and name the product.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Think and Wonder!

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |


“Think! Think and wonder. Wonder and think. How much water can 55 elephants drink?” — Dr. Seuss

In the beginning of the year, make sure you set up thinking routines.  You want to develop these throughout the year.  Students should be taught to “think and wonder” outloud during math class.  Provide many opportunities where they can practices this.  Do Math Think Alouds from the first few days.  Practice and your students will get really good at it.  Be sure to look at the First 20 days to get an idea of rolling this out!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Big Ten Frames: Floor Size Math Fun

Posted on August 27, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers |


Make big ten frames! There are lots of ways to make these.  Go to the nearest fabric store and get inspired. You could also go to the dollar store and use shower curtains!  Big Floor Ten Frames allow students to act it out!  We want students to ACT IT OUT with their bodies as well as work it out with manipulatives!  Go for it! Let your students Stand and be counted!

Be sure to have your students talk about what they are doing.  You can use these several ways.  First, you can hold your guided math group at the Big Ten Frame.  As the students act out problems, you can discuss them.  Be sure to act out all the CGI story types that are recommended by the CCSS.  Second, you can make this a center where children go and pull cards and then act out either equations (4+5=?), expressions (4+3) or word problems.

See Pictures:

Example 1 (Scroll Down)

Example 2

Check out my TEN FRAME BOARD ON PINTEREST!

Also, see the my other Pinterest boards!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Count the Days of the Year: All Year Long

Posted on August 24, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Counting the days of the year is a great routine!  Be sure to keep counting after the 100th day!  A lot of people tend to stop, but school continues!  Actually, I would have a wall routine, where students either write the day of the school year on a chart or a post it and ALSO I would have them keep track on a grid in their calendar folders (because everybody should have their own calendar folders).

CHECK OUT MORE CALENDAR IDEAS ON MY PINTEREST BOARD!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Number of the Day: A Routine You Can Count On!

Posted on August 23, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment | Tags: , , , , |


Sesame Street has done a few seasons where they had The Number of the Day daily segments.  Check out the collection here! Sing them with your class.  Set them up in a listening center!  Have fun and learn lots!

More ideas (across grades)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Number of the Day! What a way to start!

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Elementary math | Tags: , , |


Number of the day is a routine that you want to maximize.  Grab some ideas here!

If you want to get deep!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Math Vocabulary Resources!

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , |


Ok, here we go again!  This time with the links!!!!  Math Vocabulary is SO important.  Here is a site to jumpstart your program that is aligned with the CCSS.  Look at the Dual Immersion link to find the  lists in English, Spanish, Chinese and  French.  Also there are several graphic organizers, foldables and general ideas!  Check it out.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Modeling Fractions! A Whole Unit to Teach in Guided Math Groups

Posted on August 17, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Modeling the Math seems to be a sticky area for a great deal of people that I meet.  Here is a good unit that shows modeling of fractions.  Do these lessons in small guided math groups and do follow-up activities in math centers.  Most people wrestle with fractions and the more opportunities that students have to discuss them and see them modeled in small groups is really important.  So, spend some time working with the concrete and pictorial representation of fractions in small groups before you get to the algorithm.  BUILD THE CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING!!!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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