In this blog post I will show you how my daily math routine reflects not only the training I received, but some modern day reality of online testing. My math period is 90 minutes daily (though this 90 minutes includes 30 minutes of Math RtI instruction which I fold into this 90 minute block). I've blocked out my math period into 7 basic routines. Of course, we all know that as teachers, routines can be interrupted and some need to be extended or shortened depending on the concept being learned. You'll see how the Mathematical Practices are also reflected in the teaching and learning. Also, I taught the concept of perimeter for about a week before moving on to area. They were not taught simultaneously.
Correcting Homework and Review
After correcting the daily homework (usually a practice page out of the math practice book used by my district), we start with a review. I came across this wonderful resource on TpT by Monster Wrangler Mike. They were such a hit with my kids, I bought all of them! They all feature a character named Goofus who is always making mistakes in math. The students' job is to show Goofus what he did wrong. We know how powerful it can be to have students find errors and fix them. But it is even more powerful when a student has to explain the mistake! I spend about 10 - 15 minutes on the review based on student needs. This daily review is very important because it solidifies the previous day's learning for those who had some confusions or for those who just forgot. I highly recommend these resources because they saved me a lot of prep time and were perfectly aligned to the the CCSS for grade 3.
Here is the most important level, IMO. Showing students how the concrete learning is now used with labels or, in this case, drawings. Using dot paper, students copied some of their designs and labeled the perimeter or area. Then we put away the geoboards and tiles and I had students use the dot paper to just draw shapes with certain perimeters or areas. Students need to see the connection between the real life object on how it is represented on paper with symbols or drawings.
This is when I begin the guided practice with the students. Giving them a worksheet that helps the practice the procedure for either finding the perimeter or area. Are we counting or adding. Are we counting or multiplying. Students can write equations for both adding (perimeter) and multiplying (area). This is all symbolic. We correct the guided practice to make sure students are not doing the procedures incorrectly before moving onto independent practice.
You're probably wondering where does the actual math book fit into this routine? Right here! At this level. Now the students are ready to tackle the more abstract work in their math book. The math book becomes independent practice for them. By this time, they have a conceptual understanding of what they are doing and can use a procedure or steps to find solutions to perimeter and area. The example below was from a worksheet rather from the book, but it is similar. I also assign some of the word problems as well. But here is where I innovated. I knew that soon my students would be taking the California version of the SBAC called CASSPP. So that brings in the next routine.
Another resource I've allocated to them in Google Classroom is links to websites that have quality online games for math. Here's one example: http://interactivesites.weebly.com/areaperimeter.html
And if you haven't heard of LearnZillion.com, then you'll will want to explore this website as well (it's free!). High quality lessons and video lessons all aligned to Common Core Math standards. I want to make sure that my students who need that extra support have it, so I look up videos on LearnZillion that students can watch and learn the concept again. It's wonderful to just be able to look up a video lesson by the standard. The site also let's you share through Google Classroom, so it's a snap to assign video lessons!
Additional Resources for Google Apps
I've also created my own resources that I have used with my students as well. Because I'm in a 1:1 school district, I have access to a Chrome Cart daily in my room. I've created Google Slide ready resources such as, Perimeter of Shapes, that I've used for a review before a test or for more practice. This particular resource has been created using Bloom's Revised Taxonomy:
There are 14 interactive slides for the student to practice perimeter. The slides have been leveled using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.
♦ 4 Slides for Remembering
♦ 4 Slides for Understanding
♦ 2 Slides for Applying
♦ 2 Slides for Analyzing
♦ 1 Slide for Evaluating
♦ 1 Slide for Creating
My students have really taken to using the Chrome Books for math learning and I feel confident that technology will not be a barrier when taking the CASSPP.
If you're looking for a PowerPoint to also help you with perimeter and area instruction, check out this one that is available in my store. Here's a video clip of one of the parts. The students enjoy the superhero theme!
Exploration and Challenges
I've also created centers and a game which I use usually before the chapter test. This is all good review done in a fun way.
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