If you thought Desmos was just for middle/high school students (like me!), you would be wrong! I recently developed a whole new appreciation and excitement for using this amazing tool in elementary school!
We know accurate vocabulary is important, but how can I focus on integrating vocabulary into my day without feeling like I’m just adding one extra thing??
Ever get confused by all the strategies out there for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division? What if there were a fun, friendly, character that you could associate with each strategy to help you keep them straight??
Did you know that a child’s ability to skip is correlated with his or her math skills? Did you know that static/dynamic balance has a lot to do with readiness for reading? Motor development, both fine and gross, does matter a great deal as we take a whole child approach to education.
The focus of this station in the Math Workshop is higher-order thinking and concrete application of math skills. This will be developed differently in each grade level.
After kids understand how to do Math with a Teacher and Math by Myself, Math with Someone is the next thing we introduce as we set up the Math Workshop.
After spending time with you in Math with a Teacher, students need time to practice what they’ve learned while the lesson is fresh, and so The Math by Myself station is a logical next step.
Our first stop in the Math Workshop rotation is Math with a Teacher!
You’ve prepared, copied, pulled manipulatives and packed the dish-tubs for your math centers, and the result is Pinterest-worthy (nobody has to know how long it actually took!!).
One set of materials – three games – happy students and happy teacher!