# Elementary math

## Back to School Math Ideas

Check out this fantastic Resource 1–

Including Birthday Bar Graph, Chyrsanthemum, Numbers and Me, Math Curse!

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## Count the Days of the Year: All Year Long

Counting the days of the year is a great routine! Be sure to keep counting after the 100th day! A lot of people tend to stop, but school continues! Actually, I would have a wall routine, where students either write the day of the school year on a chart or a post it and ALSO I would have them keep track on a grid in their calendar folders (because everybody should have their own calendar folders).

CHECK OUT MORE CALENDAR IDEAS ON MY PINTEREST BOARD!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Number of the Day! What a way to start!

Number of the day is a routine that you want to maximize. Grab some ideas here!

If you want to get deep!

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## Multiplication Array Wall

This is the best idea ever! I love it. An Array Wall! The students can do this in groups or they could do it by classes. You could display it in your classroom or in the hall! There are so many possibilities! They could do the arrays in centers. You could hold guided math groups at the array wall and talk about the arrays! Just so much to do!

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## Math Think Alouds: Do in guided Math Groups and Whole Group Lessons

Be sure to start your year off with **Math Think Alouds!** Actually, you should be doing them throughout the year. However, be sure to **Kick Them Off immediately**. During math think alouds, the teacher actually **THINKS ALOUD!**

You go through the whole process of “planning, organizing, analyzing and carrying out the solution. The teacher articulates questions, makes mistakes, traces and corrects mistakes, deals with incorrect approach, backtracks, evaluates her progress, and struggles to arrive at the correct solution (Bernardo, 1997).” By engaging in a math Think Alouds the teacher “demonstrates the complexity of the process” and emphasizes the idea that there are many approaches that can be taken.

This is different than just showing students how to solve a problem. This is upfronting the thinking process and making it visible for students! You should definitely do these in both small guided math groups and whole group mini-lessons.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Math Workshop: Getting Started

Math Workshop is a great structure for teaching math! Get started with some of these great ideas:

http://www.mrscowan.com/mathworkshop.htm

http://atomicmath.org/Get%20Connected%20Math%20Workshop%202011.pdf

http://www.schultzcenter.org/pdf/mathmodel.pdf

http://investigations.terc.edu/curriculum_clrm/MW/UsingMW.pdf

*Remember to check out the pinterest board!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Do you teach math in the 21st Century?

Here is a great site that will lead you to math in the 21st century! It discusses doing “mathcasts” with your students. I love their tagline “When students teach, they learn!” How often do you give your students this opportunity? In what ways? Do any of them reflect the century we live in?

Happy Weekend and Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## New Resource For Teachers of ELL Students

## by Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Weber State University/Granite School District ESL Endorsement

www.everydayell.com

www.cuttingedgeeducation.com

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## Math Power Towers: Great Guided Math and Math Center Activities

Math Power Towers are Great Fun! Power Towers are any type of cup that you write the equation on the inside and the answer on the outside (bottom) and then have students take the cups, look inside and solve, check outside and if correct they add the cup to a structure they are building. They can work alone, in partners, or in groups. It is super fun! Students are practicing all the different operations, depending on their grade level.

I just finished playing power towers this afternoon with a family friend, Stephanie. Stephanie is a funny, joyful, little soon to be first grader. It was very insightful for me because I got to watch and see how Stephanie figured out the problems.

Stephanie, who had just announced that she successfully passed kindergarten, was using a “counting all strategy.” As we played, I encouraged her to use a “counting on” strategy. She took to the idea. I could see where a few days of this type of practice and she would be easing into that strategy. As the teacher, you could do this in a guided math group and take notes on what different students are doing.

P.S. I love the many opportunities this game structure offers. Here are a few ideas. You could have the students reading numbers (inside a number and outside the word), working on particular types of facts (doubles, doubles +1, lucky 8&9) and working on place value ideas (expanded form on inside and short for or word form on outside).

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