Choosing the Best Math Strategy

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Improve math reality fluency for addition and subtraction by educating first and second graders how to select the greatest math technique for a reality.

 

Matching Strategies to Equations

Problem: I’ve taught my college students numerous math reality methods however how do I get them to put these methods to use?!?

Solution: Learning HOW to perform a technique is one ability but it surely’s not useful until a scholar is aware of WHEN to use that technique.  It’s helpful to dedicate some instruction time to educating your college students how to match up a technique with an issue.  Here’s an anchor chart to provide help to get began:
Choosing the Best Math Strategy - Teaching students how to use addition strategies is just the first step, they also need to know WHEN to use each strategy

Sign up HERE for a printable model of this chart.

The “in-betweens” technique is one I’ve simply realized not too long ago.  If you haven’t heard of it, see the full clarification HERE.

To work in short follow when you’ve got a couple of minutes or as a “ticket out the door,” use flash playing cards, however as a substitute of getting your college students inform you the reply to the reality, have them inform you the technique that ought to be used to clear up the reality.

Sometimes as a substitute of asking, “What’s the answer?” ask, “What strategy would you use for this kind of fact?”

Center Activities

 

Work technique identification right into a enjoyable heart!  Here is a math reality “parking lot.”  Students park the automobiles in the appropriate areas based mostly on the technique wanted.  Paper automobiles may very well be used when you don’t have sufficient toy automobiles.

 

Math Center Activity - Students learn to math strategies with facts in this parking lot activity

 

Ready to follow this ability together with your college students? Sign up HERE for a free pig pen reduce and glue exercise.

 

math-strategies-pigs

Kids reduce out the math reality pigs and glue them into the appropriate technique pen.  An in depth clarification of every technique is included when you’re unfamiliar with any, in addition to a solution key.

 

Math Fact Running Record

How about assessing the math reality methods your college students are utilizing?  We carefully monitor studying fluency, sight phrase recognition, and different literacy expertise however how about in math?  Having knowledge on the basic methods every scholar is and isn’t ready to use is very helpful.  With this data you’ll be able to create small teams, you’ll be able to monitor progress (probably helpful for RTI), and you may share the data with parents to allow them to know how they will greatest assist their child.

The solely trick is that when a scholar writes the reply to a math reality (inside 20) it’s very troublesome to know how they bought the reply until you watch them carefully and/or ask them how they did it.  An interview-style evaluation known as a math reality working document will help you get the data you want.  Much like a studying working document, you carefully watch a scholar clear up math details and document precisely what they do.  When it isn’t apparent how they solved the reality, you ask them.

More details about math working information HERE.

Full evaluation supplies for math reality working document (four completely different assessments, scholar pages, recording sheets, evaluation protocol, and sophistication abstract sheet) can be found HERE.

 

 

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Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise in the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood schooling. She designs partaking, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade lecturers.

Author: Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise in the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood schooling. She designs partaking, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade lecturers.