# Elementary math

## Playdoh Math

Did you know that you can teach tons of stuff with playdoh? Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement and geometry are a few things that you can teach! Start today. Get inspired here!

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## Math Workshop: A Quick Guide

Here is a great link for seeing what it looks like and examples of doing Math Workshop!

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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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## Overview of Progression in Division

I love this concept of a Passport to Division 1! Other resources to help on the journey through the land of division!

Resource 3 (I like the way they break the concepts down)

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## Here is a great Math Game project!

Have your students create their own math games! This is such a fun, challenging activity that builds conceptual understanding and fluency! Look at this model!

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## Sports Math Games: Do in Guided Math Groups and Math Centers

These games are a good hook to get students to practice the basic facts through engaging activities.

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## Around the World with Math Games

Here is a great link to some fun world math games to play with your students!

International Math Board Games

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## Math Connections: Math to Self; Math to World; Math to Math

Arthur Hyde (2006) in a book called *Comprehending Math*, made an excellent point about how we need to have students make connections with math like we have them make connections in reading.

He noted that using coding such as Math to Self (M-S), Math to World (M-W )and Math to Math (M-M) gets students to think about math more critically.

**Math to Self** involves students making connections about math to their real lives and their prior knowledge bases. Questions might look like:

1) Where do I use this in real life?

2) What do I already know about this?

3) Is there a tricky part?

**Math to World** involves students making connections between the wider world (events, media, environment) and the math they are studying. Questions might look like:

1) Where do they talk about this type of math?

2) How do people use this type of math in real life?

3) Have I seen this before in movies or on t.v.?

**Math to Math involves students making connections about math to math. Questions might look like:**

1) Did we do something like this last year?

2) Did we do something like this this year?

3) What is the Big Idea here?

4) What are some math ideas that are related to this idea?

It is a good idea to have students ponder these questions throughout your units of study. It helps them to reflect on how math is a very essential part of our everyday lives!

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## Another Energizer for Number Flexibility

This energizer is called Rule of the Day. The teacher states a rule like:

Doubles,

Doubles Plus 1

Half Facts

Ten More

Ten Less

Multiples

Then the game begins. The teacher says a number and the students have to answer following the rule. For example, if the teacher said, the rule is “Half Facts” the starter number is 20 then students would say 10, 5, 2.5 depending on the grade level. If the prompt is doubling and the starter number was 50 the students would say 100,200,400 etc.

This can be a fun, energetic, academically rigorous game that gets students very flexible with math facts. Look at your standards and pick your rules based on what the students need to know!

*See ThinkMath for more on this energizer!

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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:

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