Time! Time! Time!

There are lots of great ideas on the web for teaching students how to tell time, elapsed time, and other time concepts.  A lot of these great ideas also incorporate literacy.  Here are a few of some of these great ideas:

Have your students make wristwatches using cardboard tubes for the strap and a paper face, each with a unique time.  Then, giving your students a recording sheet, have students walk around the room recording what time each student has on their “wristwatch”.  View the activity here.

To help students learn to communicate about time, Kendra at the Aussie Pumpkin Patch blog has this learning clock template with each five minute interval labeled.  I love that each half of the circle is labeled with “to” or “past”.  This is often difficult for students to learn, and I think this is a great resource.  View their blog post here.

Have you come across any great ideas for integrating telling time and literacy?  Share them with me!


More Math Songs!

I posted here about Multiplication Songs and Tricks from Ginger’s website Ginger Snaps.  I love teaching math concepts – or any concept! – through song, chant, or rap.  Mr. R has posted many, many videos about a variety of math and science concepts, including: addition facts, place value, skip counting, geometry, number sense, multiplication, fractions, and more!

Find him on YouTube or view his website here.  My favorite thing about Mr. R’s website?  At the top of the home page, he says this:

Here are a few screen shots from Mr. R’s Even Numbers video:

I Have … Who Has?

Have you played this game with your students?  It’s great for listening, reading, and any math skills you’d like your students to practice.

If you’re practicing subtraction, for example, The first student calls out, “I have 7, who has 3 less?”  The student with the answer, calls out, “I have 4, who has ___” and the game continues until you reach the student whose card says “I have ____.  End.”

You can download free game cards from the Math n Stuff website, here.

Or visit Sandra Fiorini’s website, The Teaching Oasis, to download these free skip counting game cards, here.


Place Value and Communication

Have you heard of Laura Candler?  After teaching for 29 years, Ms. Candler created the Teaching Resources website and has a love for collaborating with teachers.  She has resources for free and for sale, view her website here.

One great math center that’s free on her website is this Place Value partner game and it’s great for incorporating speaking and listening.  One student names each digit and it’s place.  The second student listens and places cut-out number tiles in the correct positions.  Both students compare place value strips and then switch roles.

View Laura Candler’s math filing cabinet and download her free Place Value Partner activity here.

Math Story Problems

Have you read Debbie Diller’s book Math Work Stations?  It’s full of really great math centers ideas!  While Lory read the book, she posted about what she’d learned through each chapter on her blog: Lory’s Page.  After reading Chapter 5, Lory posted about some math activities and I noticed her section about math story problems.

I have created classroom books in reading class but this is a great idea to create a classroom book in math class.  Students can write their own story problems and you can keep adding their story problems to the Classroom Story Problem book.  Lory says when students finish an assignment early, they are allowed to work on any of the problems in the class book.

To get started with this kind of project, create sentence frames that students can copy and add details.  Also, incorporate reading by encouraging students to write a math story problem that follows the structure of fiction stories or, for a challenge, create story problem poetry!

For example, have students write their math story problem following the fiction genre sentence frame: “Somebody … wanted … but … so … then …”

Imagine how many story problems you’ll have by the end of the year!

Head over to Jen’s blog, Runde’s Room, to download your free copy of her “Somebody Wanted But So Then” organizer poster, here.

Math Question of the Day

Renee developed a math routine similar to The 2 Sisters’ Daily 5/CAFE and shared a lot of great math centers ideas on her blog, The Reading Corner.  This is a great way to incorporate literacy into your math centers.  Check out her post here.

One of the math activities that Renee shared is a math “Question of the Day”.  This is a great classroom procedure that encourages students to conduct a survey, graph results, share opinions, build classroom culture, and to communicate about math!

Great idea!

Subtraction Poetry

Abby over at The Inspired Apple blog shared this subtraction poem she discovered:

This is a great way to help students remember math “rules”.  To really encourage deep learning, have your students create their own poems or mnemonic devices.  I’m sure you’ll be amazed and this is a great way to incorporate math and reading, writing, and communication.

Graphing and Writing

Doris Young has a great blog and posted an activity that encourages students to think about the purpose for graphing.  So, if you are graphing with your students and teaching them that graphs are used to track information, I encourage you to take a look at Doris’ post.  She got her students to think deeper about graphing and then to analyze their graphs.  The students wrote their mathematical thinking in a thought bubble above a picture of themselves.  Doris posted the graphs, the pictures, and the thought bubbles on the bulletin board for the class to see and discuss.

View her blog here.
View this activity here.