Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups: Nonlinguistic Representations

Posted on July 6, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Marzano (2001) found that nonlinguistic strategies move student achievement.  This is exactly aligned with the mathematical practices – using models, representations, sketches, drawings, diagrams and pictures to name a few. Make sure that in each unit of study you use these items.  Here are a few examples to get you started (there are lots more on my Pinterest boards).

Math Sketches

Flip Books

Tape/Bar Diagrams

Math Mind Maps

Thinking Math Maps

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Using Math Foldables: Great Math Center and Guided Math Activities

Posted on February 19, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Differentiated Instruction, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Guided Math Introduction, Manipulatives, Math Centers, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency, Multiple Intelligences | Tags: , , , , |

Foldable books can be a great tool for helping students to  organize, display, and arrange information, so that they can practice and master the math they are learning.   Dinah Zike  does some excellent work with foldable books.  Here is a great site that talks about her ideas for math foldable books. Here is a great website with some step by step picture instructions/examples  by Carol DeFreese (scroll down to the middle of the page). Carol has also provided blank foldable templates so you can create your own foldables.  Here is another website with pictures of students’ foldable projects.  Here is a multiplication foldable.  Here is another resource for different types of foldable books. Here is a geometry study unit with foldables for middle school and high school topics.


Intro to foldables

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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