Hula Hoop Math

Posted on November 9, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Hey did you know that you can teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement and data with hula hoops?  Check it out here!


Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Teaching Volume So Students Get It!

Posted on September 21, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Differentiated Instruction | Tags: , , , , , |

Here is a great video to teach volume.  I love it because it is a song with pictures.  We have to try and use a variety of ways to teach volume so that the students get it.  Think of at least 5 different ways to approach it using the theory of Multiple Intelligences.  Remember that volume is a 5th grade critical area.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Math Center Websites

Posted on February 17, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Multiple Intelligences, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |

Here are some great math center websites!  It says 2nd grade but spans various grade levels. You could get lost on here! BE VERY CAREFUl!  It’s loads of fun standards based activities for the students.

Happy Mathing

Dr. Nicki

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Great Measurement Activity Sheets

Posted on February 16, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , |

Here is a great set of measurement activity sheets!  Be sure to look at all the pages (see at the bottom because it spans the grade levels…including some great metric measurement illustrations).  Measurement is one of the hardest concepts for elementary students. Be sure to look at the CCSS measurement links…look here on illustrative mathematics for a vertical level view …     (click on measurement and you can also look at just the standards that have been illustrated).  Also remember that there is a great deal of problem solving in the new Math Common Core measurement standards!

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Dr. Nicki

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Gummy Worm Math: Measurement Never Tasted So Good!

Posted on January 20, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Elementary math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever wondered how long a gummy worm can really be stretched?  Did you know that a gummy worm can grow if you put it in water?  Do you know how many pennies a gummy worm can hold up under? Well gummy worms are great to explore this and other measurement topics (width, length, weight, volume) as well as to graph the data that is collected.  These activities allow your students to hypothesize, experiment, observe,  analyze and interpret data and have FUN the whole while doing it!  Here are some links to get you started:

Gummy Worm Math Resource 1

Gummy Worm Math Resource 2

(Love this rubric – “commendable”, “acceptable”, and then…. “see the teacher”)

Gummy Worm Math 3

Gummy Worm Math 4

Gummy Worm Math 5

Gummy Worm Math 6

Gummy Worm Math 7

Gummy Worm Math 8

Gummy Worm Math 9 (Task Card)

Gummy Worm Math 10

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


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Dr. Nicki

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This Ruler Practice Rules! Great Center Activity

Posted on May 29, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Common Math Errors, Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math Centers, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , |

This is a great site for students to practice reading a ruler.  See this great link!

Did you know that:

The standard English ruler, or Imperial ruler, is divided into inches. Each inch is divided in half. Each of those halves is divided in half to give you quarters. Each of those quarters is divided in half to give you eighths. And each of those eighths are divided in half to give you sixteenths. Some rulers will even show you thirty-seconds and sixty-fourths.

In this great game you can use adjust the “Increment Levels” so that students can practice measuring different sizes.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Dr. Nicki

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