## Math Workshop

Here is Chapter 8!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Math Toolkits Part 2: Primary Toolkits

Primary Math Toolkits should be built over the year adding tools as they are introduced. In the beginning of the year, start with the tools that were introduced in the prior grade. Here are some suggestions for toolkits:

1 container (Ziploc bag, box, big toolbox for a table of students)

1 double dice

2 different colored regular spotted dice

2-4 numeral dice

20 unifix cubes and/or bears

10 clear/colored bingo chips

1 rekenrek

1 ruler

1 small set of dominos

12 1- inch tiles (especially 2^{nd} grade)

**Templates:**

*see http://gigglenookmathstore.com/ for dice

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Dr. Nicki

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## Beginning the Year with Guided Math

Here is my latest video on implementing Guided Math in the beginning of the school year.

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## Real change involves Stick-With-Itness

*It’s a lot easier for an organization to adopt new words than it is to actually change anything. Real change is uncomfortable. If it’s not feeling that way, you probably just adopted new words. (Seth Godin).*

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Whatever you set out to do this year, persevere! It’s not always easy, it’s not always fun, it’s not always really evident that it is worth it – BUT IT IS! Stick with it, know that change is a rough and tumble business. Know that “real change is uncomfortable (at times)” and know that it is totally worth it! It is good for our students.

Starting new routines and structures in math is rocky at first. We all need to take a swig of STICK-WITH-ITNESS… If we are to set off on this journey. It will pay off. It will be worth it. It will be priceless in time.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Ten Frame Flashcards!

Here is a great ten frame resource. Use these for games, subitizing activities and guided math groups! Be sure to put a set in your students’ math toolkits!

*Click on the link (it’s free but you have to belong to teachers pay teachers (which is free as well).

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## Decimals Hundredths Grid

Here are some great decimal grid activities by the Virgina Department of Education (see pages 44 – 52). I love decimal grids! Use them to teach adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals! Grids are great scaffolds for thinking.

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## Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups: Nonlinguistic Representations

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).

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## Math Workstations: Component 4 (Academically Rigorous)

Math workstations should be academically rigorous. One way, (a very important way I might add) is to use the DOK Framework. **If you are teaching the CCSSM, both assessment agencies (PARCC and Smarter Balance) are framing activities around this framework.** As the NYC website notes:

*Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) provides a vocabulary and a frame of reference when thinking about our students and how they engage with the content. DOK offers a common language to understand “rigor,” or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks. Webb developed four DOK levels that grow in cognitive complexity and provide educators a lens on creating more cognitively engaging and challenging tasks.*

Here are a few DOK resources:

http://static.pdesas.org/content/documents/M2-Activity_2_Handout.pdf

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/ProfessionalLearning/DOK/default.htm

http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf

http://www.cfn609.org/uploads/4/6/9/6/4696562/s_nevada_dok_math.pdf

http://www.pvpusd.k12.ca.us/images/uploads/Intermediate_math_Toolkit_2.pdf

http://www.polk-fl.net/staff/professionaldevelopment/documents/DOKmath_descriptors_by_level.pdf

http://www.education.ne.gov/assessment/pdfs/Math_DOK.pdf

I plan to do a whole series of posts on DOK soon. In the meantime, just know that DOK is the framework used for rigor in the CCSS. It is very important to consider this framework as you look at units of study, individual lessons, workstations, guided math lessons and performance tasks.

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## Calculator Math Games

Here is a great packet of calculator math games!

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