Sunday, April 12, 2015

Addition Strategies

Is it Sunday evening already? Maybe I am in some sort of denial. But I really feel like this weekend should be at least one more day. Regardless...

Lately, my math instruction seems to be lacking some excitement. We have been mired in the bog of fractions and it seemed like we needed a little pick me up. I thought it might be helpful to review some skills and concepts in math centers last week, so we broke out this activity to practice addition strategies!

First, we used a simple problem to review how to write a number story. Or word problem. Or story problem. Whatever you want to call it. We discussed getting a visual picture of the problem, and then practiced writing one together. As a class, we even reviewed what would constitute a proper number story.

Then, I showed them how to use the graphic organizer that would be a part of the center. They got to choose a card, and then use that problem to complete the organizer. For each problem, they needed to write the addends with expanded notation, write the number story, word problem, story problem (you get the idea), use partial sums to solve it and then another strategy that works for them.

I put the directions in the center so they had a visual reminder of what to do when they got there.

(Sorry for the terrible iPhone picture quality...)
And then the class had a new center! It was a great way to see what kids remembered about addition, and a great way to assess their understanding of addition in general from their responses to the questions.

I was glad to be able to have a review with my class to see what they have retained about addition. This also helped me to see which students I might need to pull into a group for a little more help.

Does this activity seem like it might be useful in your classroom? If so, you might want to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I have made a few changes so I think many different grade levels could use it, or if you have students at different levels in your class they can all be successful.

There are 8 sets of cards with addition problems ranging from single digit addition all the way to adding decimals to the hundredths place. There are also 3 different graphic organizers to meet different classroom needs.

There *may* be a flash freebie coming soon, so be sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates!

I'd love to hear from you! How are you spicing up your routine this time of year?

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fun Times Ahead - CO Blogger Meet Up!

How was your April Fool's Day?? Mine was pretty uneventful actually.

Except that I *may* have convinced a pretty good percentage of my class that today was March 32nd.

For the WHOLE. DAY. Like, they were writing it on their papers and having spirited conversation convincing people that March 32nd was definitely a REAL thing.

I think some of them were crushed when I finally came clean. They couldn't believe that I fooled them! Some of them had a look of real relief on their faces - like everything was right in the world again. I love 5th graders!

As fun as April Fool's Day was, it also means that it is already APRIL. As in the craziest time of the year is right around the corner. The LAST day of school is next month. I can't believe that it is April already.

Luckily, my friend Ashley from Teaching In Bronco Country had a great idea to give us all something fun to look forward to!

We are having a Colorado Blogger Meet Up! I can't wait!

Are you a Colorado blogger, TPT'er, Instagram-er or blog-stalker?? If you are, then come and join us on May 30th! It will be a fun time to meet new people, eat delicious food and get some awesome stuff!! (Think: SWAG BAG!) Oh yeah, and there will even be a raffle with prizes!

What: Colorado Blogger Meet Up
When: May 30 @ 12:00
Where: Rio Grande Restaurant - Park Meadows

Check out this Google Form to give us your details and RSVP! We can't wait to meet everyone!!

OH! I almost forgot...we will also have a Favorite School Supply Exchange! Bring your favorite can't-live-without-it school supply for a White Elephant style exchange.

So...if you are a part of the Colorado blogging world, fill out the Google Form, spread the word to others, and come have a blast on May 30th!