Math Workstations

Another Great Multiplication Packet

Posted on July 29, 2015. Filed under: Assessment, Differentiated Instruction, Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: , , , |


Check this out! Great stuff for multiplication!  It aligns with my upcoming book Math Running Records!

Don’t miss the Online Math Running Records Conference for Multiplication and Division (August 8). Register today!

Remember Fluency Doesn’t Just Happen!  You PLAN for it!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Workshop: A Quick Guide

Posted on March 25, 2014. Filed under: Classroom environment, Elementary math, Guided math, Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: |


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

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Math Fact Ideas

Posted on December 17, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: |


Here is a great packet with some great games for teaching math facts!

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Here is another great site for math fact fluency!

Posted on December 5, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Common Math Errors, Differentiated Instruction, Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: , , , , , , , |


It is free!  It is printable!  It is also informative!  Check it out!

Paper and Pencil Assessments…

Online Assessments….

Remember that automaticity is only one element of fact fluency! Don’t forget about flexibility and efficiency.

Happy Mathing!

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Here is a great site for online math fluency practice!

Posted on December 4, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers, Math Workstations | Tags: , , , , , , |


It is free!  It is informative!  It allows students to track their fluency levels!

Check it out!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

PS: Remember that automaticity is only one of the 3 components of fact fluency!  Don’t forget flexibility and efficiency!

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Here is a great math workstation planning booklet!

Posted on December 2, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Workstations | Tags: |


One of the most important things about math workstations is the organization!  This determines whether or not you will succeed, way before the students ever get there! Here is a great planner! It is free and printable!

Be sure to check it out and also look at my math workstation board!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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4 Must Have Workstations: Problem Solving Part 2

Posted on August 6, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers, Math Workstations, Mathematical Proficiency, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , |


In the word problem station, students should also be writing problems.  Remember that reasoning has to do with both contextualizing (numbers to words) and decontextualizing (words to numbers).  So, make sure you give the students opportunities to write word problems at least once or twice a week.  The research states that it is important to give the students the units along with the numbers.

Must read article: The Answer is 20 Cookies, What’s the question?

See my word problem Pinterest Board for some ideas (anchor charts of Think Math)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Must have Math Workstations: Math Word Problems (Part 1)

Posted on July 31, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers, Math Workstations, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , |


Problem Solving is super important. Students need to have many opportunities to engage with problem solving throughout math workshop. Remember that it is not about the key words but rather the problem types!  Here are 5 ideas for the problem solving station.

#1 Do Word Problem Sorts where students have to sort the problems by types

#2 Have students solve problems using templates to scaffold their thinking

(example 1)

(bookmarks of models)

#3 Use math mats at all grade levels (students can make up all types of stories from addition/subtraction/multiplication/division/fractions and rations) (also look here under the different calculations for more mats) (and check out my math mats board) (also PROBLEM SOLVING BOOKS – CCSS ALIGNED BY GRADE)

#4  Definitely use CGI Resources (Just google CGI Math)

# 5 Use Math Playground Bar Diagramming Videos and Thinking Blocks Practice

P.S. Be sure to check out my Word Problem Pinterest Board for More ideas

P.S.S.  More Great Resources!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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4 Must Have Math Workstations: # 3 The Digital Workstation

Posted on July 30, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Math Workstations, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |


July 30, 2013

The students that we teach are known as “Digital Natives” by Prensky (2001). We on the other hand, are referred to as the “Immigrants.” They were born in the 21st century.  We were born in the 20th century.  We teach the way we learned.  So, many of us are still using 20th century ways to teach in the 21st century.  I am not suggesting that we throw out all of those ways.  But, WE MUST add to them.  We must expand our own repertoires of teaching.  We must learn some new ways.  We must step into the 21st century.

I had the honor of working with Heidi Hayes Jacobs for years at Columbia during the summers. She would always tell teachers to upgrade just 1 thing in their classrooms-  Just 1.  I think that works.  That way, we don’t become overwhelmed and and simultaneously we don’t underwhelm our students with our teaching.  Learn just 1 new thing that reflects that we live, learn and teach in the 21st century.

Here are 5 great sites to get you started!

#1: Have the students watch or make a glog: (check out the glogopedia to get ideas)

#2: Have the students watch or make an animoto as a hook into a lesson.

#3: Play games on Math PlaygroundCyberchase, BBC, Johnnie’s Homepage,Harvey’s HomepageMath Play

#4: Use virtual manipulatives (NLVMGlencoeMath Playground)

#5: Show education video clips to teach a concept (teacher tubeschool tubelearn zillionMath Playground) 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Must Have Workstations: The Vocabulary Math Workstation

Posted on July 17, 2013. Filed under: Common Math Errors, Math Centers, Math is a Language, Math Workstations | Tags: , , , |


Math is a language!  If we want our students to speak it, we have to teach them the words.  So, have a vocabulary math workstation.  In the vocabulary math workstation you are trying to get students to own the vocabulary through games and activities  and math journal activities. Remember in the CCSSM students are evaluated on whether they are using everyday words or math words.  So, instead of number and answer…they should be saying factor, divisor, addend and quotient, sum, difference, product.  Be sure you speak math to your students, require them to speak math with you and each other and give them ample opportunities to practice the words.

Granite Math Vocabulary words are great because you can cut them up and play matching games with the words, the examples and the definitions.

Math Spelling City – There are several activities to do with the CCSS math aligned word lists!

Puzzlemaker.com – Make crossword puzzles and word finds.  Crossword puzzles are great and academically rigorous because you are giving students the definition and asking them to tell you the word.  Also, give them word finds, not just to find the word but to find, define, use it in a sentence, and give an example.

Set up tic tac toe games where the students have to choose a word and illustrate and define it.  (ckingeducation.com -test saavy)

Have students do interactive math journal activities with the words.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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