Great Place Value Packet Including Fractions and Decimals

Posted on October 18, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


This is a great packet to use for guided math lessons and math workstation activities!

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Another Energizer for Number Flexibility

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


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!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Math Energizers and Routines

Posted on October 2, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , |


When:

  • As part of the do now
  • Before Lunch
  • Before School Ends
  • Before Recess
  • Right after Recess
  • Anytime is a good time!

Remember that energizers are quick!  Here’s one!

Make 5, 10, 20 100, 1, ½, 2/3,

This is a quick number game that gets students to practice their basic facts based on the CCSS Math Fluency levels.  The basic premise of the game is that students have to name the complement.

So, in Kindergarten you say Make 5…then you have someone pull a number card and then the students raise their hands and the student who pulled the card chooses someone…that person has to say what number will make 5 with that number.  For example – John picks 3  (he calls on Josephine)  She says “2 plus 3 makes 5.”

In 1st grade, you play Make 10.  In 2nd grade you play Make 20 and Make 100.  In the upper grades the students have to make fractions and decimals.  For example, if you said 4/6 then the students would have to tell you how to get to the next whole number  but not using sixths.  This forces them to think about equivalent fractions.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Great Math Routines

Posted on October 1, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


What is a math routine?

A math routine is a whole class math activity that you do overtime.  There are a variety of different types of routines.  You can do routines to:

1) Build Number Sense

2) Build Vocabulary

3) Build Conceptual Knowledge

4) Build Mathematical Modeling Skills

5) Build Procedural Fluency

6) Build Strategic Competence

7) Build a Strong Mathematical Disposition

When:  Anytime (they usually last between 5-10 minutes once the students know them)

How:  Routines are set up in a variety of ways – individual, partner, small group or whole class

Ideas:

1. Half It!  Teacher gives an even starter number.  Kids verbally toss it around the room- each child halving it until you get to the first odd number.  So for example,

Starter number 20 – Trevor says 10 – Mica says 5 – we stop.

Starter number 200 – Michael says 100 – John says 50…they keep going till they can’t go anymore

Starter number 1/2 – Carlos says 1/4 – Trina says 1/8 ….

2. Double It!   Teacher gives a starter number and kids verbally toss it around the room…this time doubling the number.

3.  Number Line It! –  Draw an unlabeled numberline and then have the students plot numbers.

Teacher says…draw a numberline…start it with 500 end it with 1000…write where 650 is…write where 899 is….

Teacher says…draw a numberline…start with 2/3 and end with two and a half…write where one and a half goes…write where 1 and 3/4 goes… write where 2 goes

Other Resources

1) Number of the Day & More

2) Reasoning Routines

3) Count Around the Room

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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New Resource For Teachers of ELL Students

Posted on July 24, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Here is a new resource for teachers of ELL that you should check out!
101 Great Teaching Tips for English Language Learners

by Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Ed.D.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Weber State University/Granite School District ESL Endorsement
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Factors and Multiples: Getting into the CCSS 4th Grade Standards (Math Centers and Guided Math Activities)

Posted on July 11, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Digital Learners, Graphic Organizers, Guided Math Introduction, Math Centers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , |


Factors and Multiples trip kids up!  Teach it throughout the year.  Integrate it into your daily routines…find the factors and the multiples of the number of the day… Also, set up some of the games in your computer center.  Furthermore, do different math activities. The activities listed below can be used in guided math lessons as well as guided math centers. Here are some ways to get started:

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Great Activities & Powerpoints  (Scroll Down)

More Activities

Another Activity

 *Great Unit

Anchor Chart

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Bowling to Learn Subtraction: Great Guided Math and Center Activities

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |


Bowling is a great way to teach children subtraction through ten.  Afterall, there are ten pins and when you throw, away they go.  Buy a real play bowling set from Target, Walmart or Kmart and roll away!   You can also make or downlowd bowling subtraction sheets.  And of course, there are virtual versions of bowling to practice subtraction!  I love the internet!

Be sure to have the children talk about what they rolled and what remains. This takes the conversation to the abstract level, especially if you record some of the thinking.  It might sound like this:  “So Maria, you knocked down 3 pins.  How many more pins do you need  to topple all ten?”  That type of question frames it as a 3 + ? = 10  Or, it might sound like this, ” Taylor, you had 10 and bowled away 5, how many are left?”  That type of question frames it as 10-5 =?

After you play this a great deal, you can set up these types of problems in the word problem center and students then have a context for solving these problems.  Remember that concrete, pictorial and then abstract scaffolds mathematical success!

Here are a few links to get you started!

Digital Bowling Game

Blackline Masters

First Grade Schoolbox (includes pictures)

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Pattern Block Spinners and More: Geometry Math Workstations and Guided Math Lessons

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Guided math, Manipulatives, Math Centers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


Geometry is the only CCSS Math Domain that spans k-8.  We need to teach it throughout the year.  Have daily and weekly routines where you discuss shapes.  You might have a shape of the week where you discuss a shape deeply, adding to the  discussion everyday.  Here are some great spinners to use in math workstations.  You could have the students spin and collect and graph shapes.  They could also spin and try to fill in pattern block puzzles.  They could also spin and try to compose different shapes for example whoever makes 4 hexagons first, wins.

Resource 1 (Spinners)

Resource 2  (Spinner)

Resource 3 (Fun Unit)

Resource 4 (Fun Unit)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. NIcki

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Math Sticks and More! Teaching Number Bonds in Math Centers and Guided Math Groups

Posted on June 1, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , |


Here are some ways to teach number bonds in differentiated math centers and guided math groups.  All of these activities practice the basic idea of composing and decomposing numbers but they do it in a variety of ways.

Mrs. Golden has come up with a great way to practice making numbers up to 5.

Sally from Fairy Dust Teaching has a great, easy to make, number bond center!

Marie Miller has a great idea with number bond rainbows!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Math Digital Centers

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , |


Tons of Fun

Here are some great math center digital games!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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