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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Terry Kawas

Measure Me!

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In this task students work with partners to measure themselves by laying multiple copies of a shorter object that represents the length unit end to end. It gives students the opportunity to discuss the need to be careful when measuring.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics

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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Terry Kawas

Ones & Tens: Dinosaurs Stomp, Alligators Chomp

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Students will explore the concept of two-digit numbers by moving their bodies to represent either the tens or ones place. They will use their bodies to compare 2 two-digit numbers, using the symbols <,=,> to compare different values.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Teaching/Learning Strategy

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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game

Author: Terry Kawas

Number of the Day

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Students learn the connection between the counting sequence and experience from their daily lives in this daily activity. It also helps give students a sense of how "many" each number is.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Illustrative Mathematics

Balancing Equations with Multiple Terms

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Digit and Inez must balance two number sentences to save the bunnies of Cyberspace. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: U.S. Department of Education, WNET

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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.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Lesson Plan

Author: Terry Kawas