Archive for January, 2013

Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups: Part I

Posted on January 30, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Guided math | Tags: , , , , , , |


Marzano ( 2001) states that 1 of the 9 top instructional strategies is identifying similarities and differences.  The idea here is to be able to take apart concepts and recognize what is alike and what is different.  How do you do this in your guided math groups and workstations?  Here are some ideas.

1. Use venn diagrams & carroll diagrams

2. Use concept attainment charts

Remember that when you work with these concepts in guided math groups you are focusing on the talk.  You want to be sure to give everyone a chance to speak and share their ideas.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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Posted on January 25, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners | Tags: , , , , |


Here are some powerpoints and videos on alternative algorithms.

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Math Strategy Resources

Posted on January 24, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , |


Here are two great math strategy posters!

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Talking about Word Problems

Posted on January 23, 2013. Filed under: Common Core | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Here is a great upper elementary word problem resource! Explore some of them in whole group, some in guided math groups and put others in workstations for students to solve in groups, with partners and alone.

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Is Zero Even Or Odd?

Posted on January 22, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |


I hear this question often in primary classrooms.  Let’s see what you say:

a.) even
b.) odd
c.) all of the above
d.) none of the above

Here are some links to help you articulate the fact!

Link 1

Link 2

Link 3 (resource for above quiz)

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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1 is not prime! Watch those number rhymes…

Posted on January 20, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , |


1 is an odd number but it is not prime!

Here is a great poster  that addresses the misconception!

Resource 1

Resource 2

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Subitizing Part 3

Posted on January 18, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Guided math | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Subitizing (also known as quick images) is a very important routine for k/1 classrooms.  Here are some more great links about this!  This is a great routine to do in whole group as well as small guided math groups.  In small guided math groups you get to have more individual conversations and hear student thinking.

Links

Link 1

Link 2 (a variety of games)

Link 3 (great article)

Link 4 (powerpoints and more)

Informative Article

 

Be sure to check out my subitizing pinterest board as well!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Question of the Day: Part 2

Posted on January 17, 2013. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core | Tags: , , , |


Here are some more links with ideas for doing question of the day.

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Link 3

Link 4 (Great books)

Link 5

Link 6

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Question of the day: Part I

Posted on January 16, 2013. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , , |


 

This is a great routine for students to do.  It helps them to collect data that makes sense.  It is about their lives and it gives them the opportunity to discuss their lives and to learn how to collect, organize and discuss data.  Here are some classroom examples.  Collecting data ties into the measurement and data standards of the ccss math.

This is a great routine to do in the morning because you can do it as one form of taking attendance.

Link 1

Link 2 (Note all the different ways to collect it and organize it!  You should change up often so children see different formats.

(I have a pinterest board with great links…Check it out!)

Link 3

Link 4

*This could also be an activity that students do in a workstation.  You could discuss it in small guided math groups as well.  The focus should be on getting students to talk about the numbers using words like more than, less than, the same as.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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More on Double Numberlines and Fractions

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Here are some examples of modeling subtraction of fractions with double numberlines.  Remember that with any model, teach it in the whole group, practice it in small guided math groups and math workstations.

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Link 7

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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