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100th Day of School Activities
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Resources to mark the 100th day of school with math activities. Challenge students to generate 100 different ways to represent the number 100. Students will easily generate 99 + 1 and 50 + 50, but encourage them to think out of the box. Challenge them to include examples from all of the NCTM Standards strands: number sense, numerical operations, geometry, measurement, algebra, patterns, data analysis, probability, discrete math, Create a class list to record the best entries. Some teachers write 100 in big bubble numeral style and then record the entries inside the numerals.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Active Participation: Using Math Templates
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Using math templates during instruction keeps each student actively involved and allows the teacher to informally assess each student's proficiency with the skills and concepts addressed in the day's lesson. Many teachers regularly use whiteboards to have students record answers, write terms, draw pictures, etc. The use of templates in sheet protectors extends this practice and eliminates the time spent drawing diagrams, etc., allowing students more time to demonstrate mathematical proficiency. Teachers who regularly use math templates include planned task items that assess student proficiency. Careful observation of student responses allows teachers to form flexible small groups for additional instruction or enrichment and also better plan for instruction.

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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Addition and Subtraction Face-Off! Game
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Students place markers on the numbers 2-12. Students toss two 6-sided dice, find the sum and remove a marker from that number, if there is still one. The first player to remove all markers wins the game. This game can be used as addition practice or as an introduction to the probability of the different outcomes of rolling two dice. This game was developed by a Monmouth University student for the Probability Fair. These games help students acquire proficiency in addition and subtraction facts.

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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Algebra: Growing Patterns
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Introduce elementary students to the concept of functions by investigating growing patterns. Visual patterns formed with manipulatives are especially effective for elementary students and allow them to concretely build understanding as they first reproduce, then extend the pattern to the next couple of stages.

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Algebra
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Alternate Multiplication Algorithms
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Students today develop proficiency with many different algorithms for multiplication. This approach insures that each student will find a method that works effectively for him/her. Teachers model the different algorithms and encourage students to use and practice each method before selecting a favorite.

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Activity/Lab
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Back to School Problem Solving
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September is a great time for data collection activities as students are naturally curious about their new classmates. Ask questions that require students to analyze data and support their conclusions.

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Activity/Lab
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Basic Math Facts Fluency
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Every math teacher struggles to find ways to encourage students to master their basic facts. Whether for addition and subtraction facts or for multiplication and division facts, teachers collect many ideas from which they can draw activities to meet the varied needs of learners in their classes. Games and Who Has? activities are especially motivational and continual play can help students develop fact fluency in an effort to master the games and capture the most points.

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Activity/Lab
Game
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Counting Games
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These games support student development of number sense and the concept of mathematical operations

Material Type:
Game
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Data Analysis: Coin Flipping
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Using two different coins and recording the results of both coins helps students dispel this initial misconception as they analyze the graph results. Class discussion should focus on analyzing the data to determine if the game is fair or not. Directions and gameboard are included in the download.

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Game
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Data Analysis and Probability Games
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These activities support students as they conceptually develop a sense of how probability affects the outcome of games. Students will find that applying their knowledge of probability will help them win some of the games

Material Type:
Game
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Discrete Math
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These activities help students use organized lists and systematic counting to solve combination problems. Map coloring and networks are also discrete math problems that students can relate to real-world applications.

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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Games to Practice Multiplication Facts
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Students must think about the factors of each number as they play this game. Students quickly learn the value of selecting prime numbers as a strategy. The beauty of the game design is that students will review the factors of many numbers and mentally add the sum of these factors together in search of the "best move."

Material Type:
Game
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Geometry and Measurement Games
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These games support student development of spatial sense and foster familiarity with the mathematical vocabulary of geometry.

Subject:
Geometry
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Gingerbread Man Math
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Gingerbread men and gingerbread houses enjoy special popularity around the holidays, but many of these gingerbread activities are timeless and complement literature titles that teachers use at the beginning of school or after the holidays. It's very easy to incorporate mathematics into a study of gingerbread men, and students will enjoy the data collection activities and games while learning math skills and deepening their understanding of important mathematical concepts. Look through these math activities and add some to your repertoire. Consider broadening the gingerbread math to include measurement, games and problem solving this year.

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Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Hundred Board Activities 1
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Students learn the patterns in the hundred board by assembling puzzles. Teachers are able to assess student use of patterns in rows and columns by observing the student at work. This task is easily differentiated to accommodate the varied levels in a first grade class by changing the number of pieces and the shape of the pieces. Puzzle bags should be sequentially lettered so that students progress through harder versions of the task. Finally, students are asked to create their own puzzles for classmates to solve.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Instructional Strategies for Mental Math
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These strategies support active student participation in math lessons and allow teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses. These strategies are especially effective during the Mental Math part of an Everyday Mathematics lesson.

Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Investigating Dominoes
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Dominoes have become a staple in most primary classrooms. They build upon dice patterns and are often used to model decomposition of numbers, building student knowledge of addition facts. They are an excellent manipulative for primary students to use and these are some examples of how students might use dominoes in the math center. Try these domino games with students to improve math skills and number recognition. Encourage students to play these games at home with their families, using real dominoes or paper copies.

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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Math Activities for Fall (2006)
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These activities were designed to introduce or reinforce important math concepts and skills using seasonal themes. The games capitalize on students' fascination with spiders at Halloween time.

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Activity/Lab
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Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Math Activity Themes: Bats
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Bats are a common theme at Halloween. Use these resources to capitalize on student interest in bats and develop student understanding of common mathematical patterns.

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Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Mathwire
Author:
Terry Kawas
Date Added:
02/16/2011