Great Multiplication Spelling Game

Posted on November 14, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |


Here is a great multiplication spelling game.  Use this format to play different math word games. Remember that math is a language and students must know the words to speak it!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Must Have Workstations: The Vocabulary Math Workstation

Posted on July 17, 2013. Filed under: Common Math Errors, Math Centers, Math is a Language, Math Workstations | Tags: , , , |


Math is a language!  If we want our students to speak it, we have to teach them the words.  So, have a vocabulary math workstation.  In the vocabulary math workstation you are trying to get students to own the vocabulary through games and activities  and math journal activities. Remember in the CCSSM students are evaluated on whether they are using everyday words or math words.  So, instead of number and answer…they should be saying factor, divisor, addend and quotient, sum, difference, product.  Be sure you speak math to your students, require them to speak math with you and each other and give them ample opportunities to practice the words.

Granite Math Vocabulary words are great because you can cut them up and play matching games with the words, the examples and the definitions.

Math Spelling City – There are several activities to do with the CCSS math aligned word lists!

Puzzlemaker.com – Make crossword puzzles and word finds.  Crossword puzzles are great and academically rigorous because you are giving students the definition and asking them to tell you the word.  Also, give them word finds, not just to find the word but to find, define, use it in a sentence, and give an example.

Set up tic tac toe games where the students have to choose a word and illustrate and define it.  (ckingeducation.com -test saavy)

Have students do interactive math journal activities with the words.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

 

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4 Must Have Workstations

Posted on June 24, 2013. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Math Centers, Math Workstations, Problem Solving | Tags: , , , , , |


There are a variety of workstations that you can set up throughout the year.  But, there are 4 must have workstations that you should set up all year long. Why?  Because these workstations allow students to engage in distributed practice throughout the year on the basic skills and content for their grade level.  I am going to list the stations below and during the next couple of weeks. I will write extensively about these stations and how to use them.

Workstation 1:  Fluency – You need a fluency station that is leveled and allows students to review facts they know and practice facts that they are working on.

Workstation 2: Word Problems- Remember in the CCSSM there are specific word problem types assigned to each grade level.  Do you currently take this into account?  Do you know what types your students have proficiency with?

Workstation 3: Vocabulary – Math is a language.  If you want your students to speak it, they must know the words and phrases.

Workstation 4: Digital – Our students are called Digital Natives and we are called the Immigrants by Prensky(2001).  How is this reflected in your math workstations.

I look forward to a wonderful discussion about workstations with you in the next couple of  weeks!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

Reference: http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky%20-%20digital%20natives,%20digital%20immigrants%20-%20part1.pdf

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Math Vocabulary Quiz!

Posted on January 8, 2013. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , |


 

How’s your math vocabulary? Take this quick quiz to find out.

Describe it and draw an example in 3 seconds….

  • Minuend
  • Subtrahend
  • Multiplicand
  • Multiplier
  • Mean
  • Mode
  • Median
  • Divisor
  • Quotient
  • Vinculum

Do you speak math or do you use everyday words instead?

Use your digital resources to find the answers to ones you don’t know (mathematical practice 5)!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Pattern Blocks: Great tools for guided math and math centers

Posted on November 26, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Math Centers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


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.

Resource 1

Resource 2

Resource 3

Resource 4

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Quick Geometry Images: Guided Math and Whole Class Routines to Build Geometric Thinking

Posted on October 25, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Geometry is the only Domain that goes from k-8.  It it crucial that we develop geometric thinking throughout the k-8 curriculum so that students have a strong foundation for high school.   One activity that I find quite intriguing, but that I don’t see done much is the idea of quick geometry image routines.  In these routines, you show students quick images (pictures of 2d and 3d shapes) and then you have them quickly sketch out those images.  Sometimes, you just say a shape and the students quickly draw it.  It is important to have students to picture the image in their mind and then picture it on paper in order to develop their geometric reasoning.

Here are some sources for quick images:

Resource 1

Resource 2

Resource 3 (scroll down…also be sure to look at the quick images planning templates)

Resource 4 (look on left side under geometry resources)

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Great Math Anchor Charts!

Posted on October 17, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


I am so excited!  I just can’t hide it…. Come on come on come on look at these posters!  These are great anchor charts to hang up to teach math content.  Math Anchor charts are a great visual scaffold and can be a reference for students as they are working in guided math groups and math centers!

 

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Everyday words or Math Language: What do you use in whole class and small group discussion?

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , |


Math is a language!  If we want our kids to speak it, we have to teach it!  Here is a great place to get started! I love this article because it makes it very clear- the difference between everyday language and math words!

Think about this:

Everyday Language or Math Words

Split    or     Divide

Take Away   or   Subtract

Same     or    Congruent

What do you SPEAK in your math class?

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Math Vocabulary Resources!

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core, Graphic Organizers, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , |


Ok, here we go again!  This time with the links!!!!  Math Vocabulary is SO important.  Here is a site to jumpstart your program that is aligned with the CCSS.  Look at the Dual Immersion link to find the  lists in English, Spanish, Chinese and  French.  Also there are several graphic organizers, foldables and general ideas!  Check it out.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Factors and Multiples: Getting into the CCSS 4th Grade Standards (Math Centers and Guided Math Activities)

Posted on July 11, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Digital Learners, Graphic Organizers, Guided Math Introduction, Math Centers, Math is a Language | Tags: , , , , , , |


Factors and Multiples trip kids up!  Teach it throughout the year.  Integrate it into your daily routines…find the factors and the multiples of the number of the day… Also, set up some of the games in your computer center.  Furthermore, do different math activities. The activities listed below can be used in guided math lessons as well as guided math centers. Here are some ways to get started:

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Great Activities & Powerpoints  (Scroll Down)

More Activities

Another Activity

 *Great Unit

Anchor Chart

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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