## Playdoh Math

Did you know that you can teach tons of stuff with playdoh? Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement and geometry are a few things that you can teach! Start today. Get inspired here!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Upper Elementary Toolkits

Here are some items that belong in an upper elementary toolkit. Remember that a toolkit has 2 parts. The first part is the materials and the second part is the templates. Introduce the items as you use them. In the beginning of the year you will use many of these items in your daily routines. For example, you can use the pattern blocks during the *Fraction of the Day routine.*

**Materials**

Unifix Cubes

Fraction Squares, Circles, Bars

Pattern Blocks (for teaching fractions and geometry)

Bears (for fraction set models) (also for multiplication problems)

Base Ten Blocks

Elapsed Time Ruler –

google UEN Utah Education Network elapsed time ruler

1 inch tiles

Decimal Squares

Decimal Wheels

**Templates**

Unifix Cubes Paper – multiplication: *groups of* problems

*copy links –*

Fraction Squares, Circles, Bars –

*copy links*

http://www.math-drills.com/fractions/fraction_strips_color_labeled.html

http://www.worksheetfun.com/category/math-worksheetfunmenu/fraction/fraction-circles/

Fraction number line

*copy link*

http://www.math-drills.com/fractions/fraction_strips_color_labeled.html

Pattern Block Paper (for fractions and geometry)

*copy link – *

Base ten grid and Ten Thousand Grid Paper

*copy link*

1-inch tile Paper

* copy link* – http://mathlearnnc.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_4507209/File/Instructional%20Resources/G4V2BL2.pdf

Decimal Wheels

*copy link*

http://www.eworkshop.on.ca/edu/resources/guides/NSN_vol_6_Decimal_Numbers.pdf (page 65)

Geoboard paper (use for geometry and fractions)

*copy link*

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

***In many cases you have to copy the link and paste it into the url because it is a pdf and it won’t hyperlink.

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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

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Math Toolkits: Part 1

Math toolkits are very important because they provide the tools for students to scaffold their thinking. There are two parts of a math toolkit. Part I is the part with all the physical tools and Part II is the part with all the blackline masters and writing templates. What goes in the toolkit depends on the grade level. At the beginning of the year, the toolkits should have tools that students are familiar with from prior grades and as the year progresses, you add new tools.

There are many ways to house the toolkits. Some teachers use big baggies, others use boxes, others use actual toolboxes. You have to pick what works for you. Some teachers just have a bunch of them in a specific place in the classroom, other teachers have them at the student tables (there should be enough for each student), while other teachers give each individual student a toolkit. Do what works for you. But at any given moment, every student should have access to the tools they need to scaffold their thinking.

Remember that your classroom environment is part of your toolkit. You should have big things- life-sized (ten frames, number lines, fraction strips etc) for students to see and use as they think outloud during public discussions. You should also have a variety of virtual tools that you are using during your whole group instruction and guided math groups.

During the next few days, I will post more specifically about grade level toolkits.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Another Great Resource of Ideas about Teaching Multiplication and Division

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Dr. Nicki

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## Passport to Decimals

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Here is a Passport to Decimals! Fantastic.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Build, Sketch and Record – Must See Charts!

These charts are great for any grade level (they are flashing underneath the heading Content Standard Posters). First the students build a model of whatever they are studying, then they sketch it and finally they record it with calculations! Simple and Brilliant! Try it and let me know how it goes!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Pattern Blocks: Great tools for guided math and math centers

Geometry is the only domain that spans k-8! There are so many ways to use them across the grade levels. Here are some great links to templates, with many different suggested activities. I also really like to ask students to complete the puzzles with different pieces so they have to focus on composing and decomposing shapes. Students can do these activities in guided math groups with the teacher watching and questioning, or do them in centers for practice. Be sure to have the students use the correct vocabulary and to describe the math to the teacher and to their math partners.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Geometry Task Cards

Meredith has published some great geometry task cards to do on the geoboard!

Also remember to look at my Pinterest Geometry Board!!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. NIcki

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## A Must Read Article About Fractions: Use it to inform Guided Math Lessons and Math Centers

This is a great article about teaching fractions! A must read for addition, subtraction and division of fractions! Yahoo! Definitely use pattern blocks. Do these types of lessons in guided math groups so that students can talk through the math they are doing. Also, have them explore fractions with pattern blocks in math centers.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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