Happy Long Weekend! I love long weekends because you get to rest and relax and there is NO MONDAY to dread.
Last week my class assessed their knowledge on interpreting graphs, started to review multi digit multiplication and constructed a tower made out of spaghetti!
Assessing Graph Knowledge:
I first called over students four at a time. I gave each child a sheet with 9 problems that assessed their graphing knowledge. Here is a copy of the quick check I used. We assessed stem and leaf, line plot or dot plot, and double bar graphs. While I was “quick checking” students, the class used blendspace to watch videos and games that I had planned ahead of time.
Blendspace is amazing! You can have blendspace as a stand alone application or you can link your blendspace through your edmodo. If you use edmodo, look at the app store in edmodo. Blendspace is a free app and it links up your classes into the blendspace for easy sharing. If you are using a stand alone application, then you will just share your blendspace using a url. To learn more about blendspace visit the site: https://www.blendspace.com/
Here is a copy of the blendspace that my students worked on while I assessed students: https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/z21SbhPulkk6cA/monday-august-31st
After I assessed students I looked at the data and decided who needed reteaching. While I was small grouping and reteaching this week, students worked on a Graphing Slide Show Project. They worked on this for about 20-30min a day for 4 days. Here is a copy of the project outline. I used this outline to also create a rubric to grade the projects with, you can access the rubric HERE.
Multiplication Using Literature:
In a previous post I wrote about my love for using literature to teach or reinforce multiplication. Reluctant mathematicians often feel more comfortable with story books than a 20 question worksheet. We explore the math within these books, using our interactive math journals.
I have used Multiplying Menace by Pam Calvert to reinforce multiplication. This book even hits on multiplying by fractions. So we will revisit this book when we learn multiplying fractions with whole numbers. I have developed a board game that uses the problems in the book as a way to have fun while multiplying.
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I love Minnie’s Diner by Dayle Ann Dodds, it allows us to focus on doubles and how quickly numbers increase as you double the numbers. Next we explored how quickly numbers increase as we triple them.
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