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Friday, September 21, 2012

Everyday Math Games Online Organizational Tip

This is a great organizational tip from Teresa Andrade, a teacher in our district. She prints out an additional set of Everyday Math online game cards for her use only. She glues them individually to an index card, then places the cards in alphabetical order, and puts them on a metal ring. 
When her class is in the computer lab, she brings the ringed card set with her, so if a student has forgotten their password she can retrieve it quickly. 
Thanks Teresa!
Deborah Devine

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Great Resource for Teachers Using Everyday Math

The Everyday Mathematics Virtual  Learning  Community (VLC) is a website for elementary teachers.  The site was established to provide resources to support mathematics teaching, including a means of communicating with other teachers interested in teaching mathematics; and to encourage teachers to reflect on their practice. It is open to any practicing EM educator free of charge.
The VLC is maintained by staff at the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) at the University of Chicago. The VLC's development is supported by generous funding from the National Science Foundation and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
What kind of resources do they have?
  • Lesson Video

  • Student Work Examples

  • Instructional Tools

  • Professional Development Tools

  • Photographs and Audio

  • Sticker Templates to place in your Teacher Activity Manual that feature questions to ask your students with the Common Core Mathematical Practices in mind 

  • Ongoing Assessment Questions retyped by teachers into a packet format, so they are all together for each unit.

    Check it out!

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Fluently Add Within 5 by Creating Awareness of Different Combinations that Equal a Number

    How do you make the connection between a  representational model (5 or 10 frame) and how that same information is written in an abstract equation ( 2 + 1 = 3)?

    Using the 2 color counters, the student explores different  combinations of red and yellow counters that equal 3.
     If desired , the student can  use the included number cards and create the equation directly under the 5-frame model.  2 + 1 = 3

    Next, students fill-in-the-missing-digit on the equations written on the watch.

    Tape the watch to the child’s wrist. Throughout the day, ask oral questions that review combinations of numbers that add up to the digits  1-5. 
    “ 2 plus what number equals 3?” 
    “If I have 1, how many more would I add to the 1 to make 3 in all?



    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    One Duck Stuck

    One Duck Stuck : A Mucky Ducky Counting Book - Fun Easter Books for Kids
    Have you ever read this book, "One Duck Stuck"? When a duck is stuck, who will help? Several pond friends take turns trying to help free the duck, who is stuck in the muck.  The duck is progressively helped by two fish, three moose, four crickets, five frogs… up to ten dragonflies, and soon, with assorted noises and actions, the duck finally becomes unstuck.

    For a read-aloud it's great because you can teach children the phrase from the book, “Help!  Help!  Who can help?”  so they can say it in a choral group before you turn each page.

    Oceans of 1st Grade Fun has a great blog post about using this book and some worksheets she created to work on the addition fact of +1. Slide1

    Be sure to link over there by clicking on the name of the blog and check out all her great ideas.

    My own idea relates to "HOW MANY ANIMALS IN ALL tried to help the stuck duck." First, assign a different animal to 10 groups of children. Using base ten block manipulatives, each group obtains one unit block for each animal on their assigned page that tries to help the duck. Then the group meets in whole group. In numerical 1-10 order, each group gives their blocks to the teacher who then adds their block(s) onto the top of the whole groups' labeled 100's block.  

    Trade 10 unit blocks for one ten whenever possible. Then when all groups have contributed their individual unit blocks, the total amount is there for everyone to see. I like it because it involves trading 10 ones for 1 ten, and it is a concrete visual picture of adding to "find how many in all."

    Slide2 Oceans of First Grade Fun worksheet could then be used to write out or "draw" their thinking about how many animals helped the duck.


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