More Great Math Routines
What is a math routine?
A math routine is a whole class math activity that you do overtime. There are a variety of different types of routines. You can do routines to:
1) Build Number Sense
2) Build Vocabulary
3) Build Conceptual Knowledge
4) Build Mathematical Modeling Skills
5) Build Procedural Fluency
6) Build Strategic Competence
7) Build a Strong Mathematical Disposition
When: Anytime (they usually last between 5-10 minutes once the students know them)
How: Routines are set up in a variety of ways – individual, partner, small group or whole class
1. Half It! Teacher gives an even starter number. Kids verbally toss it around the room- each child halving it until you get to the first odd number. So for example,
Starter number 20 – Trevor says 10 – Mica says 5 – we stop.
Starter number 200 – Michael says 100 – John says 50…they keep going till they can’t go anymore
Starter number 1/2 – Carlos says 1/4 – Trina says 1/8 ….
2. Double It! Teacher gives a starter number and kids verbally toss it around the room…this time doubling the number.
3. Number Line It! – Draw an unlabeled numberline and then have the students plot numbers.
Teacher says…draw a numberline…start it with 500 end it with 1000…write where 650 is…write where 899 is….
Teacher says…draw a numberline…start with 2/3 and end with two and a half…write where one and a half goes…write where 1 and 3/4 goes… write where 2 goes