Q: Hi Ally,
I am having difficulty structuring my Math program so that everything gets done. For example, I sometimes feel that problem solving skills aren’t addressed and developed as much or as often as I would like them to be.
Well, if you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see that I have structured my program in the following way. I hope that you find this breakdown useful!
PS You know, in the early days of my career I often found myself trying to do too much in too fast!
Weekly Math Schedule:
I have found that in following the above pattern I am better able to stay on track and accomplish my classroom goals.
Actually, the Pop Quiz notebooks have proven to be extremely valuable! They are yet another means of authentic assessment in that they are cumulative. I am able to gather, review and accumulate a “snap shot” of current skill sets as we move through the program on a weekly basis. (I thought of creating this math notebook one day as I was marking their weekly spelling tests). Note: parents are also required to sign “Pop Quizzes” weekly, and in this way are also able to track their child’s progress. Bonus: Regular updates and our Pop Quizzes mean that there are no surprises on report cards!
As often as possible (e.g. once a day) I read math themed picture books to my students. It is extremely important for them to develop the language of math in every way possible. Some great titles include the following:
(PS I teach Grade 5 & my students love coming to the carpet to hear stories read out loud!):
Some titles to get you started:
Math Curse (Jon Sciezka)
The Greedy Triangle (Marilyn Burns)
The M&Ms Brand Pattern Book (McGrath)
More M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies Math (Barbara McGrath)
Who Sank the Boat
Do You Wanna Be? You Chance to Find Out about Probability (Jean Cushman)
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure
The Rabbit Problem (Emily Gravet)
Uno’s Garden (Graeme Base)
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! (Marilyn Burn)
365 Penguins (Jean-Luc Fromenta)
How to Train with a T.Rex (Michael Phelps book)
Divide and Ride (Stuart Murphy)
Grapes of Math: Mind Stretching Math Riddles (Greg Tang)
Math Appeal: Mind Stretching Math Riddles (Greg Tang)
Fraction Fun (David Adler)
Full House: an Invitation to Fractions (Dayle A. Dodds)
A Remainder of One (Elinor J. Pinczes )
Esio Trot (Roald Dahl)
The Garbage Barge (Jonah Winter)
Lion’s Share Problem
Two Ways to Count to Ten (Dee)
Twizzler’s Shapes and Patterns (Pallotta)
***Now Check out these fantastic sites that I turn to when looking for picture books to pair with my Grade 5 math lessons!
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4) “Picture Books for Math”http://bit.ly/9MXY3E