Archive for April 2nd, 2019

Tuesday Tool Spotlight: Geoboards

Geoboards are great! They are often underutilized for a variety of reasons.  One big  one is the “shooting of rubberbands.”  Just teach students how to work with the boards and anybody that violates the rules instantly gets a consequence.  Students can and should work with geoboards.  Here are 5 things to think about!

1. Tasks should be clear: Here are some free task card links: https://mathgeekmama.com/geoboard-activity-cards/   and https://thestemlaboratory.com/free-geoboard-challenges   and  https://filefolderfun.com/FirstGradeMath/PrintableGeoboardShapes   and http://www.makinglearningfun.com/GeoboardNumberCards.html  and http://justfordaisy.blogspot.com/2012/10/making-geoboard-busy-bag-with-activity.html  and for more ideas google: geoboard animals, task cards, numbers, shapes, pictures, math  (for example when students make the animals: have them think about how many straight lines, how many curved lines, how many intersecting lines, how many parallel lines they used)
2. Supplies should be organized! https://www.instagram.com/p/cXIBasRmAd/
3. Use virtual tools: https://apps.mathlearningcenter.org/geoboard/
4. Marilyn Burns wrote a great intro to using them: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/how-i-introduced-geoboard-my-classroom-0/  and  https://www.thoughtco.com/using-a-geo-board-in-math-2312391
5. Use the geoboard paper to have students record their thinking! Google Geoboard paper and tons of pdfs will come up.  There are different kinds!  Use the big one, the one with 4 on a page and the others.  Give students a choice.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki