WritingThis week I was going to have each child pick one How To Story to publish. I was beginning to type each book and was beginning to feel so OVERWHELMED with the thought of typing, laminating and binding 18 books!!!!!!! So I just wrote the book spelling on an address label and found a space on their sheet. You can see what it looks like below. What I love about this too is that I sometimes scan kids work and then I can't remember what it says!! This way I won't forget!
We have been working on the following strategies
I LOVE LOVE this idea I got here. The kids come in and sign in with their initials.
You can see we wrote some number combinations that go with the chart.
One child said 5+5+5+3
Another child said: 3+5+5+5 (commutative property of addition)
Another child shared 6+6+6+2.
I am taking a math course this year called Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra. We have many assignments that require student math interviews.
Recently I was working on the General Claim:If you switch the order of two addends, the sum remains the same. I was working with a child posing the problem 6+1=(child gives answer) 1+6=(child gives answer) . At first the child got stuck when I used larger numbers but when I asked 6+1 and 1+6 she quickly gave the right answer.
The instructor Virginia(her book is below) gave me the following fantastic feedback...
Now this would be a great place to ask her to show you both expressions with cubes. Sometimes we think of cubes with crutches when a student can't do a problem, but they are also tools for reasoning so having her show her thinking with the cubes can be a way to help her pay attention to her thinking by making it visible. Virginia also suggested that I may add a story content so that it isn't just numbers(marks on a page) but some real situations.
This got me thinking about how difficult it is for my students to create their own story problems
so I decided to incorporate more story problems into our morning math routines. Below is a chart I made that combines different things we have worked on during the year. I added the cube part as well from Virginia's feedback about how manipulative's are important tools.