## Writing Multiplication Problems

Here is a great site to get started. Remember that in the CCSS students are suppose to solve and pose word problems! This is in most standards, whether or not your using the CCSS content.

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## Must Have Workstations: The Vocabulary Math Workstation

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.

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## 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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## Writing About Geometry

Modeling and explaining your thinking is a big part of being a proficient mathematician! We have to get our students to be able to talk and write about what they know to be true. We want them to be comfortable with the words “Prove It.” We want them to be confident writing detailed explanations that provide evidence of their understanding. Here is a great example of that in geometry! Here is another example! Check it out and let me know what you are doing to build your students’ mathematical proficiencies!

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## Exemplar Math Tasks

Here is a great resource for some math writing tasks. You have to scroll down and the math tasks are listed by grade level on the right. What do you think of these tasks? How would your students do? Notice the emphasis on precise language, representation and perseverance through the problem.

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## Pumpkin Math

Pumpkin Math is so much fun! Here are some ideas.

http://sheila-gaquin.suite101.com/classroom-alternative-to-halloween-a71441

http://www.mathwire.com/archives/october09.html

http://www.dreambox.com/blog/pumpkin-math-calendar

http://rhlschool.com/math7n2.htm

http://math.about.com/od/themeworksheets/ss/pumpkin.htm

http://www.pbs.org/parents/earlymath/act_g_pumpkin.html

http://www.teachingheart.net/apumpkinunit.html

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/shapespace8.html

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson028.shtml

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## A Great Vocabulary Powerpoint

Here is a great vocabulary powerpoint that really illustrates how complicated math vocabulary can be!

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## More Math Graphic Organizers for Writing: Great to Do in Guided Math Groups

Here are some graphic organizers to get your students writing their own math problems and questions.

Multiple Choice Question Maker

Multiple-Choice_Question_Spanish

Math Story Problems in Spanish

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Dr. Nicki

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## Student Made Fraction Book: Guided Math Lessons

Here is a great sample of writing about **fractions** in story form. I really like the way they set it up as an individualized student book. This really helps students to discuss fractions as well as make connections to real life. I would discuss this in small guided math groups. You could follow this template for whatever city you live in. Depaul has set such an excellent example with this series of math graphic organizers.

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/Chicagofractionbook.pdf

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## Graphic Organizer Problem Solving Templates: Use in Guided Math Groups

These graphic organizers from DePaul University are excellent. They help students find a way into the problems. The bonus is that they come in English and Spanish! Start using them right away! I especially like the one that says solve on the left hand side and explain on the right hand side.

Problem Solving Templates

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/ICanSolveaWordProblem.pdf

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/MathProblemSolvingGuide_002.pdf

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/MathPath.pdf

Problem Solving Templates in Spanish

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/ISATMathProblemSolvers-Spanish.pdf

http://teacher.depaul.edu/Documents/MathPathSpanish.pdf

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