Shopping is an authentic, mathematical activity that calls on a wide range of skills. It’s also fun! This post will give you ideas about how to scaffold shopping exercises to meet students’ needs at various levels.
A Guessing Jar is one of my favorite activities for promoting number sense and an awareness of how large a number is. I love that it can be filled with anything small or large and right away we have a number activity that is unique every time.
After mind-growing lessons that focus on conceptual understanding, can students succeed on such abstract tests that only measure procedural fluency? Will the tests cause trauma or anxiety in our youngest students (as it often does in teachers!)? At Slackwood Elementary School in New Jersey, math specialist George Regan set out to answer these questions with some research of his own.
The two worksheets that comprise Numeration 1-10: Taking it Further encourage extended thinking about this topic by adding a spatial/relational element to numbers. The first worksheet challenges students to create a ‘flow’ of numbers from lower to higher values by drawing arrows, which is great for reinforcing comparison skills