If we think about how we learned multiplication and division of fractions, it’s actually quite comical.
The popular topic for PD sessions this spring? Fractions!
My Math, Go Math, EveryDay Math, Eureka Math, Math in Focus, Math Expressions, Ready Common Core, the list goes on of math books that are published for schools to adopt! Most teachers will point to whatever book they have as their math curriculum.
Fractions are hard. There are few kids (or even teachers!) who would say they love fractions. I recently found an excellent book that presents strategies to help teachers develop fraction sense in their students!
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??
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.
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.
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!