We know that place value is the base of mathematics instruction. Use this interactive activity to get students up and moving while practicing their place value skills. Each students gets a number name and they play the "get to know you game" find a number who.... They will search for number names to fit the criteria and answer additional place value questions. Find the activity for numbers in the thousands place and numbers in the hundreds place here @llamawithclass#placevalue
Yesterday we started using our knowledge of Physical Properties of Matter to figure out how to separate our mixture! We finished planning today, after seeing which tools were available. Tomorrow we will use our plans to ACTUALLY separate the Mixtures! Stay tuned!
In Alabama we have an amazing state initiative that supports math and science teachers through coaching, training, materials, professional development and ongoing support. What cool things does your state do to help teachers? Mbtos #iteachmath#amstiworks
LOL, It's me everyday :v
eachers on the last day of school... Thankful to have made it, yet wondering how we survived.
Caption and Pic from: @thewearyteacher
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Word problems. They used to be the bane of my existence. That is until one day I had a realization that I was going about them all wrong. You see I tried to create a formula (a very math thing to do) to “help” my students solve word problems. You know..: highlight the question, circle important information, etc. But no matter how I sliced it and diced it something was missing.
💡Problem Solving is a learning process. It’s not a formula. It’s not linear. It’s intertwined and messy. So as we teach our students to dissect through word problems keep this in mind. Be patient and model model model! Soon your students will be acing those once dreaded word problems!
Explanation of the processes 😃👇🏻
💡I realized my formula for problem solving was missing one very important piece. THINKING!
💡I started bringing in comprehension strategies, you would typically use in reading, into my math class.
💡Chunk and Visualize- this helps with not only visualizing but it helps students to monitor for meaning.
💡What do I already know?- background knowledge (schema)
💡What am I trying to find?- Use inference skills. Read between the lines.
💡I can connect...-synthesize. Bringing it all together.
💡What’s the most important information?- Determining Importance.
💡Questioning is used throughout the entire process. If your students aren’ constantly asking questions as they are solving word problems then they aren’t taking ownership of their thinking.
💡We teach these skills through lots and lots of modeling. We can also teach them through Stem activities, brain puzzles/teasers, and real world problems.
This LITTLE TO NO PREP activity can be used for any question & response work and for any subject. I have used it so many times with different topics in math.
All I do is give each table group a "white board" (I use blank paper in page protectors) and a marker. I ask groups to "Place their Bets!" for me to write on the front board. They will either earn a positive or a negative next to their bet based on a right or wrong answer. Next, I'll read off what # problem to work on from an assignment or say the problem aloud & then set my timer for them to finish. After, I'll say Markers Down & Boards Up. For suspense, I'll mark the board up with positives or negatives next to their bets and then announce the answer or I'll just announce/show the correct answer & then watch the kids either celebrate or argue about how silly their mistakes were.
For me, it is interesting to see how "confident" the groups are in their bets. I usually include a bonus problem in the end where they can place a higher bet. Most times, students are more sure of their kmowledge & also more competitive, so they'll place higher bets.
In the end, the kids love the competitive aspect of it and I love seeing how excited they get when I announce the answer & if they will or lose "money." The activity is easy to set up & clean up too. What are some easy games/activities that you use in the classroom?
✏️ Solving Absolute Value Equations 🧠 I always hated hearing my students say, "I don't know why, but that's what the teacher said." So this year I'm really trying to push for conceptual understanding over simply giving steps.
For this skill, the very first thing I had students do is describe the equation in words. Then, they used their description to draw a number line and figure out what the possible solutions are. Finally, check! The students seem more confident and independent as they are approaching these problems now 🎉 Swipe left to see examples!
CAMPING DAY!! ⛺️ ⛺️⛺️ Such a fun time and definitely started my week off RIGHT!
We are currently working on division strategies here in third grade. 😊 So my students completed 10 challenges around the room that were camping themed and full of division! Classroom transformations are not only engaging but a great way to see who’s grasping the material and who’s going to need extra practice later on in the week. I can easily tell which students need to be put in my enrichment group, on grade level group, and remediation group just based on how they work during classroom transformation days.
I think the hardest part of this classroom transformation was putting up the tent. If I didn’t struggle with that particular “skill set”, I would have had the room all set up in 25 minutes!
I am definitely a homebody who doesn’t enjoy the great outdoors in real life. 😂 This became very obvious to me while I attempted to put up TWO tents first thing in the morning 😆. You can see my room coming together and asked me any questions in my Instagram story. Let me know what you think! #iteachmath#igteachers#classroomtransformation
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to incorporate more literature into my math block. 📚
We read Math Curse by Jon Scieszka during the first week of school. It’s a great text to help students realize that math is everywhere. Plus, it got them really excited to start problem-solving!
I love all of Scieszka’s books, but this is one of my faves.
Math is NOT meant to be "easy" and to be understood immediately. Yes, some people do. On certain topics. But that is not the essence of math.
I was so confused in my grad class tonight. No, this does not mean I am stupid nor bad at math. All it means is I didnt get it on the first try and I have to try again. So I stayed after class for an hour. Do I still "get" everything? No! I have to rewrite and study my notes too.
Math is about finding a solution to something difficult. About solving problems. About trying until you get it. #iteachmath#ilearnmath
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🤩My students loved getting to color in each star as they passed a level!
💡Addition and Subtraction to 10 included!
💕We used the goal growth pages as posters and in their portfolios!
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𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟗 𝐨𝐟 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝟐𝟎 // My students have finally received my class 𝙨𝙮𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙪𝙨 🤗! A little late is better than never🤣. I wanted to make sure that my students were able to physically practice some of my expectations before they officially signed their class contract. I tell my students that our 𝙨𝙮𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙪𝙨 is a real contract between student, teacher, and parent. It is extremely important that they read and understand what they are agreeing to follow😃. Download an editable version of my syllabus using the link in my bio.
Today we also completed math problems from 𝐿𝐵𝒬.𝑜𝓇𝑔. Check out one of the @learning_by_questions problems on the next slide. Can you figure out the word that is formed from this fun puzzle? Tell me what you got in the comment section below😃. #mathesteem
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L E S S O N I N P R O F I L E
Math games are my favorite way to practice fact fluency!! I’m teaching my students how to play Spoons this week!
Just when you and my kids didn’t think I could be more extra than my face stamp, I brought out the mic today!!! 🤣🤣🤣 And y’all my kids were all here for it!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Definitely a fun little touch to make grading our warm-up and this Monday a little more enjoyable!! 🤗
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My former women’s leadership high school program, 3 YEARS AGO, spent our spring break painting this mural. We invited younger children from the community as well. Who would’ve known 3 years later I would be a classroom teacher. It’s crazy how time flies and how we can actually have a lasting impact. [P.S. I’m proud I painted ‘Oak Park’ on the mug lol, because by no means do I claim to be an artist.]
A reminder to myself to incorporate various learning styles into my classroom. [credit: Hope Health]