Happy New Year! I thought it would be fun to have some interesting math tasks to go along with the New Year. 2013 is interesting because it is the first year since 1987 to be made up of four different digits. The background is from Design House Digital and the font is Czaristite from 1001freefonts.com. Enjoy!
I have been so busy working on state test practice with each class and I am so glad to be done! I finally got to do something fun with a class today. The teacher requested some practice on finding the area of complex figures. I looked up some fun activities and I don't know why I never thought of using Cheez-Its myself! I came up with this packet for the lesson. First we discussed the formulas and units for measuring perimeter and area. I handed out the packets and modeled how to find the perimeter and area and then use the crackers to check. Using the crackers really helped the students get a grasp on what area really is. I had a great time teaching and the students had a blast too. They were really responsible with the crackers.
The packet has the pages we used, a blank for creating your own problems, and a challenge problem for kids to do at home. The border came from Print Candee and the fonts are from kevinandamanda.com.
I went into a classroom last week and there were no digit cards available for my lesson. I decided to make my own with the number parade along the top to go along with our curriculum. Great for modeling! Borders from Print Candee and fonts from Kevin and Amanda!
I am super excited about my new creation! I am just getting into classrooms to model math lessons and wanted to create a personal numbers activity to help the students get to know me. I came up with a list of numbers that pertain to me....my shoe size, my age, the year I was married, how long I've been teaching, etc. and am going to have the students try and figure out what each number means. Not only will they get to know me, but they'll also have to think about each number and it will help them with their number sense! I hope this is something that you can use. I made a template that I thought anyone could use with blank cards for you to fill in your own personal number. Enjoy!
My new job as a math coach is going well! I have been in almost every classroom in both of my buildings and am working hard to build relationships with the teachers and staff. I attended a great PD session on Math Talk last week and created these cards to use to get students to ask questions of their peers. There are many ways you could use them, but here's what I'm planning on doing during some demonstration lessons I have coming up....have each child draw one at the start of the lesson and they will then use it at some point during the math lesson. This will get the students talking about math and justifying their answers which will lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts. I can't wait to try them out! I also plan to leave them for the teachers when I leave so they will be able to incorporate this themselves.
I wanted to add another resource onto this post...these are bookmarks with the questions that would be great for the intermediate students. They can have them in their textbooks and then the questions will be right at their fingertips!
I created this...my first self-made document to blog about. We've been doing a problem of the day for math this year so the kids can sharpen their problem solving skills and use all of the strategies we've learned. I have been using marker boards, but the kids are always losing their markers and erasers and the markers go out daily! So I thought this would be a great way for the kids to follow the problem solving steps I teach (understand, plan, solve, check) and develop the thinking skills needed for more difficult problems.