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.
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!
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!
We have all been there…trying to get students to develop one-to-one correspondence with concrete objects. You have a pile of counters ready on your table.”Watch how I do it,” you say. “1, 2, 3, 4.” And with great patience, you carefully move one counter at a time from one side of the table to the other.
Think you know the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice? Take this quiz to see if you understand application of these practices through scenarios from a popular TV show: Big Bang Theory!
Teachers of mathematics for centuries have helped students understand mathematics using “manipulatives”– visual objects that help illustrate mathematical relationships and applications.
Guest Post by Bob Sornson, Early Learning Foundation
There is a secret to classroom management. You won’t find it in most of the books on classroom discipline or the endless lists of classroom management tips. Here is a hint: It is far more important than any single strategy for managing students.
Guest Post by Melissa Leach, Leach Literacy Training
I won’t pretend that Guided Reading is a NEW thing for y’all…I do however hope to help you think about your teaching at the table in a NEW way!