Making Math Real

Posted on November 16, 2011. Filed under: Common Core, Differentiated Instruction, Digital Learners, Elementary math, Multiple Intelligences | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Here is a great math blog to check out.  It has tons of posts about math in the real world, solid resources and some good videos!  Check it out! Peter and Trish make lots of interesting interdisciplinary connections across many different grade levels.  Here are the names of a few of their posts:

Math and International Travel

            Teaching Mathematics from a Museum

            Math and the Cemetery

            Where is Zero on the Earth?

Teaching Slope in the Mountains of Switzerland

There is a little something for everybody.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Patterns, Functions and Algebraic Reasoning: Great Guided Math and Center Activities

Posted on November 8, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Here is an interesting site to use to teach patterns, functions and algebraic reasoning, among other things.  Scroll up and down the site!  There is a plethora of math resources:)

 

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Even More Great Place Value Games: Great Centers

Posted on July 27, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math | Tags: , , , , , |


There are some great place value games on this site!  Be sure to try the numberline game!  It’s great for ordering numbers!  These games are great to play on an interactive whiteboard with the entire class and talk through the moves the students select.  It is also good to do these games in small groups and have the students justify their choices.  Of course, these games are also great center practice activities.

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

 

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Rich Math for July: Great Center Activities

Posted on July 25, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Multiple Intelligences, Problem Solving, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


This is a great site for rich math activities.  Here is what they are doing in July!  These are great thinking activities for kids. Be sure to make the students talk through what they are doing and why they are doing it! We need to do more of this type of stuff where our students really have to problem solve rather than just calculate!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Games for Computer Center

Posted on June 16, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , |


Here are some great games for the computer center that help students work on basic operations!  A must see and use site!  It is a calculation balance game where the students have to balance the math scales. 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Math Center Vocabulary Activities!

Posted on May 12, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , |


Here is a great site that has tons of math vocabulary by grade level.  The vocabulary is divided into different categories like algebraic thinking and geometry.  Under each category students can take a spelling test, a vocabulary test, play teach me games and flash cards.  Check it out.  It would be a great math center activity.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Math Vocabulary In Action

Posted on February 23, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency, Multiple Intelligences | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


I have talked about glogs before.  This is an excellent glog of students working the math vocabulary!

http://girlygirlk.edu.glogster.com/all-about-angles/

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Place Value Games: Math Centers and Guided Math Group Activities

Posted on February 16, 2011. Filed under: Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math Centers, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , , |


10 More  Great Place Value Games:

http://www.ictgames.com/sharknumbers.html (This is fun! Don’t lose your boat!)

http://education.jlab.org/placevalue/ (target number game)

http://media.emgames.com/emgames/demosite/playdemo.html?activity=M2A050&activitytype=dcr

http://www.funbrain.com/tens/index.html (place value and rounding games)

http://www.janbrett.com/piggybacks/rounding.htm (rounding game)

http://www.toonuniversity.com/flash.asp?err=496&engine=5 (a variety of skills)

http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/place-value-games.html (scroll down to see the place value games)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfile/shockwave/games/roundoff.html (bbc rounding game)

http://www.quia.com/cb/8142.html (place value jeopardy)

http://www.sums.co.uk/playground/c4a/playground.htm (great multiplication game based in place value)

(Be sure to search other place value posts in this blog!)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Base Ten Blocks Part 2: Center Ideas and Guided Math Group Lessons

Posted on December 1, 2010. Filed under: Digital Learners, Manipulatives, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |


Base ten blocks are great manipulatives for practicing place value.  Here are 10 of my favorite virtual base ten sites! I would use these in three ways.  First, I would use them as whole group instruction on an interactive board.  Second, I would have the students work on them during center time at the computers. Third, I would pull small groups to the computers and hold some guided lessons there using these sites.

1. http://www.learningbox.com/base10/BaseTen.html ( I like this game, especially the drumroll and how everything reinforces place value)

2. http://www.learningbox.com/base10/CatchTen.html (this is fun but I never can seem to get the bear to catch ten!)

3. http://www.learningbox.com/base10/Estimation.html (great for estimating amounts)

4.http://ejad.best.vwh.net/java/b10blocks/b10blocks.html (be sure to read the instructions at the bottom of the page…great for smartboard teaching)

5.***** http://ulm.edu/~esmith/nctmregional/blocks.htm (this is an excellent resource for teaching operations with virtual base ten blocks)

Virtual Library Resources:

6. http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_152_g_2_t_1.html?from=category_g_2_t_1.html (represent numbers)

7. http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_154_g_2_t_1.html?from=category_g_2_t_1.html (base ten block addition)

8. http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_155_g_2_t_1.html?from=category_g_2_t_1.html (base ten block subtraction)

9. http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_154_g_2_t_1.html?from=category_g_2_t_1.html (base ten block decimals)

10. http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/mathematics/ebook_assets/vmf/VMF-Interface.html  (choose grade level and then choose manipulative in this case base ten blocks and then choose background: workmat.)  You can write, color and do some cool stuff on this site!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Animoto and Guided Math Lessons

Posted on August 27, 2010. Filed under: Digital Learners, Multiple Intelligences | Tags: , , , , , , |


Animoto is a web 2.0 tool that offers lots of possibilities for introducing math concepts.  It is something you would use to springboard into the conversation.  It is free, easy to make and filled with potential!  The educator edition offers even more film time for free (http://animoto.com/education). You simply upload images, video, text and music and voila!  You have yourself an Animoto!  I made three to show you how they might look as an introduction to a math mini-lesson.  I would use these with the whole group as well as when I pull small groups.  These make great discussion starters and remember that a key element in guided math is about getting students to communicate their ideas about math:)

Introducing Numbers:

http://tinyurl.com/animotonumbers

Introducing Multiplication:

http://tinyurl.com/animotox

Introducing Fractions:

http://tinyurl.com/animotofrac

Discussion Starter Questions:

1. What did you see in this Animoto?

2.  What do you think we are going to be studying?

3. What do you know about this topic?

4. What do you want to know about this topic?

5.  How shall we find some more stuff out?

P.S.  I invite you all to make Math Animotos and send them to me.  I will make a space for a Math Animoto library on this site so together we can all have a fantastic resource!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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