Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Math Class Routines- Whole Class Lesson

We are still working on getting Math Workshop up and running....slowly, slowly...sooooooo slowly!

In the meantime we are working on in Math. Here are some highlights of what I've been doing. 

Place Value lesson board- big ideas and sample problem

Number line math stretch

Skip counting beans!

So many different ways to count!

This is my math lesson board. We start with a minds on or simple problem that we complete together and discuss. 

Here's what we came up with for our skip counting lesson. 

Then we look at the lesson problem and break it down. What is it asking us? What are the key words and what tools can we use to solve this problem. 

And then they work!! Once the class has completed the problem all of the solutions are posted and debriefed as a class. This was our first time posting the student work so I modelled the type of math talk I expect and wrote anecdotes one the board to show patterns in our counting. 

Close-up of student work.

UPDATE!!! Here is the picture of the Big Ideas/Highlights we brainstormed as a class.

And then the sample lesson is posted. For this lesson the student completed a question independently in their Math Journals. It was:

How many ways can you count to 200? 363? 

It was interesting to see what they came up with- counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, 40s, 25s etc. And what they didn't... three students told me it was impossible to count to 363...hmmm?

I guess more practice is still needed!!

How do you organize your whole class math lessons?

1 Brilliant Teaching Thoughts:

Donna Boucher said...

Awesome ideas! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow. :)

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