Music and video helps the children retain vocabulary etc.
The children broke out in this spontaneous song we learned as they were building their polygons with clay and toothpicks. FUN!
Race to One GAME
Rolling two fraction dice while using the fraction bars children are asked to select a fraction to race to one whole or bust before the teacher. Once they understand the game and the use of the manipulative, we begin using to the Virtual Manipulative app where we can show our understanding .
Adding like Fractions - differentiated
Kid Multiplication Motivation
We begin division by building on addition, multiplication, fact familes and arrays. Long division is so much easier to understand and learn using blocks intially.
We began by learning the song, Divisors with Advice. This song includes fun motions and gestures. It gets the kids up and moving! This is a wonderful song that helps children sing, dance & learn the division steps ( divide, multiply, subtract, bring down) and key words for division ( quotient, divisor, dividend , remainder).
Next, starting simply, we began using snap blocks to divide. Using these manipulatives to introduce ( or review) concepts of division and the algorithm helps students understand long division and the basic concept of equal groups, remainders etc.. This cannot be rushed however and must move from the simple to more difficult.
remainders (or leftovers we like to call them)
This seasonal book is perfect for integrating math, art, and writing lessons.
For this math lesson we used our rulers to measure our own geometric trees using inches and centimeters. Day 2 found us completing a mini take home book and a worksheet measuring the various character's trees, recording our answers and then using this information for some triangle tree drawing & solving word problems using many key words as guides to what operation to use to find the difference between two trees or the total of others.
Using a ruler was new for some so we began practicing measuring many items in the room and watching a simple video on where to place your ruler as many started measuring an item in the middle of a ruler.
Placing a ruler at the bottom of the tree using centimeters and inches.
3 geomtric shapes made a tree hich we then measured.
It is that time of year where we make gifts for our families. This year we learned to follow a sequence of number pairs by reading and sewing a pattern which ended up as a tree.
This was a multi step project that took several days to complete. It involved sustained attention, reading and following a number pattern, working slowly & carefully, with a needle and thread. Keeping our eyes on our hands and knowing when to ask for help.
I think these turned out lovely and the children were very proud of their efforts.
1st we practiced a simple pattern
Sewing our winter trees
We started our daily tournaments between monsters using our multiplication skills. The children love this and always root for the monster they hope wins with the largest product.
So far we have had 10 tournaments and the children are getting faster and faster at solving the problems.
We are also learning skip count songs for each multiple using an amazing series of songs and scripts. The children are using two wonderful multiplication apps called Sushi Monster and Multiplication Math Matthews App on their iPads. Once a week we take a timed multiples test and they are improving. Although many need the multiplication chart . Those 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s!! Whew!
In small math groups, we continue to work on the multiplication algorithms and practice skip counting & solving problems using our multiplication skills.
Act It Out!
Basic Math Skills