I am excited to share two new activities that my students completed this week. I have been teaching division using the standard algorithm for the past week or two. This week we moved onto writing equations using variables to solve for the unknown.
While I was small grouping with students who needed a bit more instruction on division, I had students complete a division project using ThingLink. This is the first time I have used ThingLink and I LOVE IT!
ThingLink has a free version for teachers. It allows the teacher to create a group or a class. Then you can invite students to join your group with a specific invite code. This allows you to have all of their projects in one place. It makes grading so easy! ThingLink is also an App for Ipads.
Before the students got started, I made sure all the students became a part of my “group” or “class”. Then I gave each student a step by step handout that explained my expectations for this project. You can download your own copy of the handout by clicking HERE.
Here is a couple of examples of projects that were submitted by my students.
I used a rubric when grading each of the projects. Here is a copy of the rubric.
I really loved using this tool, this week. THANKS THINGLINK!!!
I use many different activities to practice writing equations using variables. One of my favorite ways to get students excited about writing equations is by using any of Greg Tang’s books. I used Math Appeal. Together we use the pictures and poems to quickly count the number of items on the page. We formulate equations together as a class and collect them in our journals.