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Math Rotations: A Strategy for Teaching Math

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Math Rotations: A Strategy for Teaching Math

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  2. 2. • Students complete 4 rotationsStudents complete 4 rotationsStudents complete 4 rotationsStudents complete 4 rotations each day in order to learn neweach day in order to learn neweach day in order to learn neweach day in order to learn new material, apply learnedmaterial, apply learnedmaterial, apply learnedmaterial, apply learned material, write about math, andmaterial, write about math, andmaterial, write about math, andmaterial, write about math, and master math factsmaster math factsmaster math factsmaster math facts throughthroughthroughthrough handshandshandshands----on activities and games.on activities and games.on activities and games.on activities and games.
  3. 3. Whole Group:Whole Group:Whole Group:Whole Group: – WarmWarmWarmWarm----UpUpUpUp 5 minutes – review of facts student should have mastered – MiniMiniMiniMini----lessonlessonlessonlesson 10 min - a quick overview of our lesson, usually consist of explanation and modeling RotationsRotationsRotationsRotations (15 minutes each) – TeacherTeacherTeacherTeacher TimeTimeTimeTime – re-teaching to my below level students and practicing the skill taught that day together with all groups, enrichment with highest group – Seat WorkSeat WorkSeat WorkSeat Work – independent work that reviews previously learned skills and/or skills taught in that days lesson – Game TimeGame TimeGame TimeGame Time – games that review previously learned skills – Write About MathWrite About MathWrite About MathWrite About Math –using written communication, students will use the math practices to explain their problem solving process I’m Done WorkI’m Done WorkI’m Done WorkI’m Done Work (when student finish rotation early) – FactFactFactFact PracticePracticePracticePractice – games or computer programs that practice facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) Total Math Block +/- 75 minutes
  4. 4. • “Pepper Pass”“Pepper Pass”“Pepper Pass”“Pepper Pass” – Fluency factsFluency factsFluency factsFluency facts – Mental Math and Reflexes from EDMMental Math and Reflexes from EDMMental Math and Reflexes from EDMMental Math and Reflexes from EDM • Number/Problem of the DayNumber/Problem of the DayNumber/Problem of the DayNumber/Problem of the Day
  5. 5. • Review any necessaryReview any necessaryReview any necessaryReview any necessary background or fundamentalsbackground or fundamentalsbackground or fundamentalsbackground or fundamentals that will be necessary for thethat will be necessary for thethat will be necessary for thethat will be necessary for the lessonlessonlessonlesson • Introduce any new vocabularyIntroduce any new vocabularyIntroduce any new vocabularyIntroduce any new vocabulary • Teach a quick version of theTeach a quick version of theTeach a quick version of theTeach a quick version of the lesson: do a few exampleslesson: do a few exampleslesson: do a few exampleslesson: do a few examples • Go over their rotation activitiesGo over their rotation activitiesGo over their rotation activitiesGo over their rotation activities and tell them your expectationsand tell them your expectationsand tell them your expectationsand tell them your expectations for each rotationfor each rotationfor each rotationfor each rotation
  6. 6. • EverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMath CurriculumCurriculumCurriculumCurriculum – ReadinessReadinessReadinessReadiness – Teaching the LessonTeaching the LessonTeaching the LessonTeaching the Lesson • Videos:Videos:Videos:Videos: BrainPopBrainPopBrainPopBrainPop • SmartboardSmartboardSmartboardSmartboard activitiesactivitiesactivitiesactivities – Teacherspayteachers.comTeacherspayteachers.comTeacherspayteachers.comTeacherspayteachers.com – Smartexchange.comSmartexchange.comSmartexchange.comSmartexchange.com
  7. 7. • Teach and practice to masteryTeach and practice to masteryTeach and practice to masteryTeach and practice to mastery • Using handsUsing handsUsing handsUsing hands----onononon manipulativesmanipulativesmanipulativesmanipulatives • Reteach and do practice together with lowReteach and do practice together with lowReteach and do practice together with lowReteach and do practice together with low group(s)group(s)group(s)group(s) • Focused, direct instruction for on levelFocused, direct instruction for on levelFocused, direct instruction for on levelFocused, direct instruction for on level group(s)group(s)group(s)group(s) • Challenge and take it to the next step withChallenge and take it to the next step withChallenge and take it to the next step withChallenge and take it to the next step with your high group(s)your high group(s)your high group(s)your high group(s) • Differentiate! Be flexible!Differentiate! Be flexible!Differentiate! Be flexible!Differentiate! Be flexible! • After lesson, begin seat work with lowAfter lesson, begin seat work with lowAfter lesson, begin seat work with lowAfter lesson, begin seat work with low group, do a few problems togethergroup, do a few problems togethergroup, do a few problems togethergroup, do a few problems together
  8. 8. • EverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMath CurriculumCurriculumCurriculumCurriculum • www.Kwww.Kwww.Kwww.K----5MathTeachingResources.com5MathTeachingResources.com5MathTeachingResources.com5MathTeachingResources.com
  9. 9. • Review skills previously learnedReview skills previously learnedReview skills previously learnedReview skills previously learned • Practice grade level “toPractice grade level “toPractice grade level “toPractice grade level “to mastery” skillsmastery” skillsmastery” skillsmastery” skills • Workbook, worksheets, testWorkbook, worksheets, testWorkbook, worksheets, testWorkbook, worksheets, test prep, sorts, task cardsprep, sorts, task cardsprep, sorts, task cardsprep, sorts, task cards • Check work together at theCheck work together at theCheck work together at theCheck work together at the end of math time or the nextend of math time or the nextend of math time or the nextend of math time or the next day as reviewday as reviewday as reviewday as review
  10. 10. • EverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMath CurriculumCurriculumCurriculumCurriculum – Math BoxesMath BoxesMath BoxesMath Boxes – Journal pagesJournal pagesJournal pagesJournal pages – Math MasterMath MasterMath MasterMath Master – HomeLinksHomeLinksHomeLinksHomeLinks – SkillsLinksSkillsLinksSkillsLinksSkillsLinks • SuperTeacherWorksheets.comSuperTeacherWorksheets.comSuperTeacherWorksheets.comSuperTeacherWorksheets.com • WorksheetWorks.comWorksheetWorks.comWorksheetWorks.comWorksheetWorks.com • ixl.comixl.comixl.comixl.com
  11. 11. • Review skills previously learnedReview skills previously learnedReview skills previously learnedReview skills previously learned • Practice grade level “toPractice grade level “toPractice grade level “toPractice grade level “to mastery” skillsmastery” skillsmastery” skillsmastery” skills • Hands on activitiesHands on activitiesHands on activitiesHands on activities – GamesGamesGamesGames – SortsSortsSortsSorts – CreatingCreatingCreatingCreating – “Tic“Tic“Tic“Tic TacTacTacTac Toe” projectsToe” projectsToe” projectsToe” projects
  12. 12. • Games fromGames fromGames fromGames from EverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMath CurriculumCurriculumCurriculumCurriculum • www.Kwww.Kwww.Kwww.K---- 5MathTeachingResources.com5MathTeachingResources.com5MathTeachingResources.com5MathTeachingResources.com • TeachersPayTeachers.comTeachersPayTeachers.comTeachersPayTeachers.comTeachersPayTeachers.com • PinterestPinterestPinterestPinterest • ixl.comixl.comixl.comixl.com
  13. 13. • Using written communication, students will use the math practices to explain their problem solving process • Use math knowledge to draw conclusions • Defending your solution • Modeling number stories and sentences • Naming number in various modes • Practicing and working with math vocabulary • Practicing writing the steps to solve algorithms
  14. 14. • EverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMath CurriculumCurriculumCurriculumCurriculum – On Going Learning & Practice: WritingOn Going Learning & Practice: WritingOn Going Learning & Practice: WritingOn Going Learning & Practice: Writing and Reasoningand Reasoningand Reasoningand Reasoning – Journal PagesJournal PagesJournal PagesJournal Pages – Constructed ResponseConstructed ResponseConstructed ResponseConstructed Response • “Write It” Poster“Write It” Poster“Write It” Poster“Write It” Poster • VocabularyVocabularyVocabularyVocabulary – FrayerFrayerFrayerFrayer ModelModelModelModel • Word ProblemsWord ProblemsWord ProblemsWord Problems • TeachersPayTeachers.comTeachersPayTeachers.comTeachersPayTeachers.comTeachersPayTeachers.com
  15. 15. • Review basic facts!!Review basic facts!!Review basic facts!!Review basic facts!! • This is done if they finish early. • Usually this is a quiet activity done independently at their desk or a computer.
  16. 16. • Games fromGames fromGames fromGames from EverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMathEverydayMath CurriculumCurriculumCurriculumCurriculum • PinterestPinterestPinterestPinterest • Card GamesCard GamesCard GamesCard Games • Reusable game boardsReusable game boardsReusable game boardsReusable game boards – Roll, Say, KeepRoll, Say, KeepRoll, Say, KeepRoll, Say, Keep • Flashcards (students can makeFlashcards (students can makeFlashcards (students can makeFlashcards (students can make their own during this time)their own during this time)their own during this time)their own during this time) • Writing facts on slatesWriting facts on slatesWriting facts on slatesWriting facts on slates • NEOs (3NEOs (3NEOs (3NEOs (3rdrdrdrd Grade)Grade)Grade)Grade)
  17. 17. • Check seat workCheck seat workCheck seat workCheck seat work • Fact Practice/AssessmentsFact Practice/AssessmentsFact Practice/AssessmentsFact Practice/Assessments • Rocket MathRocket MathRocket MathRocket Math • “Exit slips”“Exit slips”“Exit slips”“Exit slips”
  18. 18. • Give a pre-test to determine groups for a unit – www.MrNale.com • Make groups fluid, adjust them as necessary
  19. 19. • Cover, Copy, Compare • Fold-In • SuperSpeed Math

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