# Archive for January, 2013

## Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups: Part I

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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Here are some powerpoints and videos on alternative algorithms.

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Dr. Nicki

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## More Math Strategy Resources

Here are two great math strategy posters!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Talking about Word Problems

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.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Is Zero Even Or Odd?

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 3 (resource for above quiz)

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Dr. Nicki

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## 1 is not prime! Watch those number rhymes…

1 is an odd number but it is not prime!

Here is a great poster that addresses the misconception!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Subitizing Part 3

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 2 (a variety of games)

Link 3 (great article)

Link 4 (powerpoints and more)

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

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Dr. Nicki

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## Question of the Day: Part 2

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

Link 1

Link 2

Link 3

Link 4 (Great books)

Link 5

Link 6

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Dr. Nicki

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## Question of the day: Part I

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 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!)

*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*.

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Dr. Nicki

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## More on Double Numberlines and Fractions

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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