Posted on February 25, 2013. Filed under: Guided math, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , |

Marzano (2001) states that “cues, questions and advanced organizers” are one of the key strategies that move student achievement.  These should be used throughout guided math lessons to scaffold student access to content.  Use templates to teach students how to organize their thinking for short answer and extended response questions.  Use graphic organizers to help students unpack vocabulary.  Always ask great questions!

Here are some links:

Graphic Organizers

Templates 1, 2, 3, 4

Great Questions

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Understanding Equality!

Posted on January 9, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , , , |


Great Graphic Organizers for this concept!

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Dr. Nicki

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Back to School Math Ideas

Posted on August 30, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Mathwire – Back to School Glyph Ideas!  Glyphs are great data activities that make students think in order to display data and then require focus and analysis and interpretation of the data they have displayed!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Beyond Just Add a Zero to the End: Guided Math Activities that Tackle Working with the Power of Ten

Posted on January 27, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , |

Teaching students to multiply and divide by the powers of ten is often reduced to just do something with that zero.  So students often say things like if you are multiplying, “just remember to add a zero on to the end.”  What does that mean?  Do they really understand what they are doing?  Do we teach it with place value in mind?  Here is a great model for teaching this concept…the number slides!  Try it and teach your students the place value behind multiplying or dividing by zero.  Teach the students how to use these rulers and then facilitate discussions about multiplying and dividing by powers of ten in small guided math groups.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki



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More Resources for Teaching Capacity

Posted on January 18, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Students struggle with measurement.  They need more experiences actually exploring the measurements they are learning about.  I definitely recommend hands-on, minds-on workstations where students can go and actually figure out that there are 4 quarts in a gallon.  As we plan units of study, we should use Multiple Intelligences as a framework for setting up a variety of experiences with the content.  Imagine if your students visited the topic through song, through a hands-on activity, through a poster, and through a story.  The more encounters they have with the content, the more they retain.

Remember that planning for the talk around the experiences is just as important. Scaffolded questions and writing prompts are an essential part of the process.  Graphic organizers should be used throughout the unit as advanced organizers, lesson entrance and exit slips, and study guides.  When we have students listening, speaking, writing and reading about the content, it has more opportunities to stick.  You can differentiate many of these types of learning opportunities so that everyone is working in their zone of proximal development.

Here are a few more capacity resources:

Resources 1: Story: The Royal Land of Gallon (Scroll to the middle of the page to see) This is more a mnemonic scaffold.

Resources 2: A Capacity Rap 

Resources 3: NCTM Gallon Man Lesson

Resources 4:  Great Capacity Power Point

Resources 5: Another Power Point Lesson on Capacity

Resources 6: Worksheet: Capacity Video showing Real World Items

Resources 7 – A Detailed Plan

Always follow up conversations in small guided math groups because that is where everyone gets a chance to talk! Let me know how it goes!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Gallon Man: Great Ways to Teach Capacity

Posted on January 14, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Digital Learners, Elementary math, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , |

Gallon Man is a great way to teach capacity. Here are a variety of ideas for using Gallon Guy or Gallon Girl.  Some have templates for students to cut out and others show students using construction paper folded different ways to make a Gallon Man.   Gallon Man is a cousin to Fraction Man!  These hands-on activities help students to internalize the knowledge and have a frame of reference for capacity.

I would have the students make the figure in a math center and then I would have them bring it to a small guided math group to discuss.  During the discussion, they can refer to their graphic organizer to come up with problems and answer questions.

Here are a few of my favorite examples:

Resource 1– Gallon Man

Resource 2 – Students Making a Gallon Man

Resource 3 -Gallon Man Bulletin Board Activity

Resource 4- Another Gallon Man Bulletin Board

Resource 5 – A Very Colorful Gallon Man

Resources 6- Gallon Man Template

Resource 7- Colorful Gallon Man Template

Resource 8- Digital Gallon Man

Resource 9 – Hand Drawn Gallon Man

Resources 10 – Gallon Man Song

Resource 11- Another Gallon Man Song

Resource 12 – Class Singing Gallon Song

Resource 13 –  Class Drawing and Singing Gallon Man

Resources 14– Teacher explaining Gallon Girl

Resource 15– A Display of Gallon Man and Liter Lady


Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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St. Patrick’s Day Math: Great Activities to Do in Guided Math Groups

Posted on March 11, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, During the Guided Math Lesson, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Manipulatives, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , |

The New Common Core Math data standards say that students should be able to classify objects and count the number of objects in each category as well as represent and interpret data.  So here are some great St. Patrick’s day data links:

Lucky Resource 1 (scroll down to lucky charms graph)

Lucky Resource 2 

Lucky Resource 3   (great site for differentiated lesson plans)

Lucky Resource 4

Lucky Resource 5 (graphing in action)

 Lucky Resource 6

Lucky Resource 7

Lucky 8

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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