# Archive for September, 2012

## Math Jokes

Why did the boy eat his homework?  Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!  (hahaha)…Here’s more where that came from:

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/funstuff/mathjokes.html

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## More Number Sense Routines

Here is a great information packet by Stenhouse on Number Sense Routines!  It is well worth the read!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Workshop Routines-Counting Around the Room: Part I

To begin math workshop you might do a series of energizers and daily routines that build skills throughout the school year.  One of my favorite daily routines is Counting Around the Room.  Counting around the room can be really fun and works in all grade levels.  The count differs according to the grade level.  In the primary grades you are counting by 1’s, 2’s 5’s and 10’s.  In the upper elementary grades you are counting by multiples, fractions, decimals and percents.

Remember that the FOCUS is on the relationships of the numbers!

So for example, count around the room by 5’s and then by 10’s.  Ask the students to talk about what they noticed.  Have the students count by 2’s and then ask them where they think they will land if they count by 4’s given the relationship between those two numbers.  Have the students count by 1’s and then ask them where they think they will land if they count by halves.

Here are a few questions to consider about this routine:

1. What are your scaffolds, so everyone has a way into the activity and can experience success?

2. Is your numberline out, visible and accessible?

3.  Does everyone have their own numberline?

4.  Is your numbergrid out, visible and accessible?

5.  What other models and tools might the students use to access the count?

More tomorrow on counting around the room!

Resources:

Terc

Math Solutions

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Dr. Nicki

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## Math Workshop

I am so excited to share my Pinterest Board on Math Workshop with you!  It is full of ideas to make math workshop work!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Workshop: Get Started

Get started with some of these great ideas:

http://www.mrscowan.com/mathworkshop.htm

http://atomicmath.org/Get%20Connected%20Math%20Workshop%202011.pdf

http://www.schultzcenter.org/pdf/mathmodel.pdf

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2010/05/math-workshop

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Teaching Volume So Students Get It!

Here is a great video to teach volume.  I love it because it is a song with pictures.  We have to try and use a variety of ways to teach volume so that the students get it.  Think of at least 5 different ways to approach it using the theory of Multiple Intelligences.  Remember that volume is a 5th grade critical area.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Geometry Task Cards

Meredith has published some great geometry task cards to do on the geoboard!

Also remember to look at my Pinterest Geometry Board!!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. NIcki

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## Conferring with Students in Math

Conferring is super important if you want to know your students as mathematicians!  Find a way to do it! We do it in reading because we know it is important. It is just as important in math.

http://www.cehs.ohio.edu/gfx/media/pdf/InternetMathLessononVolume-Copy.pdf

http://schools.nyc.gov/documents/elementarymath/Differentiation/conferring.htm

http://www.TheDailyCafe.com/Conferring%20Form%20pdf.pdf

http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/2012/07/guided-math-chapter-7-conferring-with.html

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Conferring with Students During Math Workshop

Here is a great article on interviewing, surveying and conferring with students.

http://teachersnetwork.org/ntny/nychelp/math/youngmath.htm

Happy Math,

Dr. Nicki

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## Multiplication Bingo Games

Here are tons of Multiplication Bingo Games!  Play these in Guided Math Groups.  Listen to the students justification of their answers!  Play it in different ways. Sometimes, call out the factors and sometimes call out the products.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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