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.

# Pedagogy

## Math Workshop Series: Math with a Teacher

Our first stop in the Math Workshop rotation is Math with a Teacher! Read More >>

## Math Workshop Series: Overview and Organization

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!!). Read More >>

## Fraction Game: Uncover/Cover

One set of materials – three games – happy students and happy teacher! Read More >>

## Happy Numbers: Online Companion to Eureka Math for K-2

If you’re using Eureka Math/Engage New York and you teach Kindergarten (or 1st or 2nd Grade), this post is for you! Read More >>

## Number Talks…for Fractions!

Whole numbers are a familiar concept, one we can wrap our brains around. Consequently, whole number number talks seem to be pretty simple. However, when it comes to fractions, most of us have an anxiety about them, even in our everyday life.

## Place Value Discs and Strips…Oh My! Tips for Organizing Your Manipulatives

The world of manipulatives is wide – and often messy and chaotic! Today, we share tips for organizing and getting the most from your manipulatives, specifically place value discs and strips. Read More >>

## 3 Acts Math Tasks: Resources and Lessons

I’ve blogged before on the topic of 3-Act Math Tasks, but I wanted to share some great resources that feature a host of 3 Acts that you can use and resources to help you use them more effectively in the classroom!

First of all, let’s review. The biggest thing that 3 Acts Math Tasks accomplish is helping students exercise metacognition (thinking about thinking) as they work through the different acts. 3-Act Math Tasks are a great way to implement the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice! Beginning with the posing of a mathematical problem in the first act, either in an image or a video, in the second act, the students then explore the problem while you answer questions that arise from their exploration. The third act is the grand reveal of the answer and an opportunity for whole group instruction.

For more detailed information if you are new to 3 Acts Math Tasks, or just want more of a review, there are a few resources I would recommend:

- A previous blog post on 3 Acts Math Storytelling that goes into more depth, complete with videos!
- Dan Meyer’s blog on the Three Acts of a Mathematical Story.
- A recent Math Mania Monday video archive that demonstrates a 3 Act Math Task in action.
- Free resources in our store, including guidelines for 3 Act Math Tasks and two recording booklets for various grades.

Originally, 3 Act Math Tasks were developed for middle/high school students. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use them in K-5! Here are some pictures that show how you can work through a 3 Act Math Task on chart paper in a K-1 classroom.

Once you’re ready, check out these great websites that have feature 3 Act Math Tasks you can use in your classroom!

- Dan Meyer’s resources (http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ – click on Three-Act Math) are geared more for middle/high school age students.
- Graham Fletcher (https://gfletchy.com/3-act-lessons/) features tasks more appropriate for elementary students (K-5).
- Catherine Castillo (K-5): https://mscastillosmath.wordpress.com/3-act-tasks-by-me/
- Kendra Lomax (K-3): https://learningfromchildren.org/3-act-tasks/
- Kristen Acosta (K-5): http://linkis.com/themindofanaprilfool.com/fl57H

### Create your own!

Get your students involved in the creation process. Have students in grades 3-8 create their own 3 Act Math Tasks for other students to solve. Be sure to share them with us! If we get enough submissions of student-created tasks, we will feature them on the blog!

## My Caribbean Adventure

I was given a referral by a colleague who asked if I was interested in doing any work in the Dutch Caribbean. At first, I thought he was joking. But when it turned out that he wasn’t, I told him I would MAKE time! Read More >>