## Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups: Part 2-Summarizing

Marzano (2001) states that *Summarizing and Notetaking* is 1 of the 9 successful strategies that move student achievement. The focus is to summarize what we are doing and/or also take notes. This can be done using quick writes and different graphic organizers. This would be a great strategy to make sure that students are getting it! Make sure that you give students an opportunity to summarize what they have learned in each unit of study. One way to have students to summarize is to make notes in flipbooks. They could sum up the strategies and give some examples. See below for a few examples.

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Here are some powerpoints and videos on alternative algorithms.

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## More Fantastic Math Posters!

I just keep striking gold this week! Here is another great site. Even more outstanding math posters! Think Math Posters! You want a variety of math posters in your room. You want **anchor posters** from mini-lessons. You want **strategy posters** that help students to think flexibly about numbers. You want **vocabulary posters** that emphasize the language of math. You want math posters that you make with your students and math posters that they make on their own with partners and in groups!

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## Even More Great Math Center Ideas

I just found a great site with ready to go posters and math center ideas. Even though it says 3rd grade, the activities are really 3-5. Let me know what you think!

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## Division Strategies and Algorithms: Great Guided Math Lessons

Can you show your thinking about 250/50 in more than one way? What about your students? Can they discuss this problem with numbers, words and pictures?

Division with Virtual Manipulatives

More Division with Virtual Manipulatives (I would use real base ten blocks and then show the process with virtual manipulatives).

Short Division (Notice the use of her language? How could you help describe this process by using language that is descriptive of the actual place of the numbers?)

Be sure to look at all the Schultz videos on different strategies and algorithms for division (scroll all the way down). Also take a look at the other posts on strategies and algorithms in this series on operations. I always encourage teachers to do this type of work in small guided math groups so that students can get a chance to explain their thinking and listen to the ideas of others. Also remember that the new math common core is encouraging us to build a repertoire of strategies and algorithms for the basic operations. Of course, teach the traditional algorithm as well, but teach it with conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency!

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## Printable Math Strategy and Algorithm Posters: Great to Discuss in Guided Math Groups

Here are some great posters. You might hang these up as reference posters in your classroom. You might also also have them nearby when you are talking about different strategies and algorithms in your small guided math group. These serve as scaffolds (in the form of cues) so that students can remember what they are learning.

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## Great Basic Facts Number and Strategy Club!

This is a great website based on the Oregon Teachers of Mathematics guided activities. They have created a series of activities to scaffold learning. As the students complete the activities, they move through membership levels in the “number club” and then the “strategy club”. This is just great basic practice and a motivating structure. The clubs are listed in the left sidebar. Check out all the information on this site!

This is how they frame it:

“Number Club provides a framework for methodically working through the patterns that make up our base-ten number system. Strategy Club builds on understanding those patterns and using them to solve progressively more challenging addition and subtraction problems. This program is a tool to differentiate instruction within the frame-work of a whole group lesson….and best of all; it’s a hit with children!”

Be sure to look at the class summaries and the certificates.

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