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Guided Math Chapter 3 & Webby Wednesday!

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Using Math Warm Ups in Guided Math!

 Here are a few of my thoughts on this chapter...........

 Helping your students warm up before math helps your students "draw on their prior knowledge and bring it into their working memories where it can be easily accessed for extending their understanding of mathematics".Wow. That makes perfect sense....& yet I have never thought about it. Starting math without a warm-up is probably like jumping into cold water & being expected to swim a race! Especially for students who struggle. 

I already do some of the activities that are math stretches. But I don't do them everyday. It's important to stretch every day. "The daily repetition of a variety of similar tasks and the accompanying discussions help students begin to see patterns & make generalizations. SO---- I'm formulating a plan.......
Possibilities for math stretches:
  • Graphing Question of the Day
  • Number of the Day - These are called name collection boxes in Everyday Math. In the past, I had a person in charge of this each day who recorded classmates' responses. I really like Sammons suggestion to have each child write a response.
  • What's Next - completing a pattern. We use a Function Machine (EDM) which supports very similar skills.
  • How Did My Family Use Math Last Night? Helps children make mathematical connections to real life. I love the idea of making this a homework activity one day a week. Another brilliant idea came from Carol at Still Teaching After All These Years on last week's stixy: "Have students and parents add a note to a class stixy as a homework activity! LOVE it!
  • ______ Makes Me Think Of....
Sammons offers a possible Morning Stretch plan for a week. Now, the way my day is structured, my stretches can't be in the morning. Mine will have to be right before we go to recess...

Here's what I'm thinking.....

I'm excited to be coming up with a plan! 

And now on with Webby Wednesday!!
I thought I'd stick with the math theme of the day & share a website that my kiddos like to use during our workstation time. Are you familiar with My kiddos love it.

Click on your grade level & you're taken to a screen that has lots of educational games:

Numbers = math games: number grid games, math facts, number patterns, base 10, & more.

Letters = literacy games that focus on sight words and keyboarding.
There are also Holiday games & more. 

I love that you can differentiate within the website.Children who are ready for some enrichment can click on the next grade level up (or more). Those who need some extra support can click on a grade level that is lower. Click the link & take a look around. Hope you can use this in your classroom!


  1. Just went and checked out the website. . . Love it! I am going to let my soon to be 1st grader check it all out for me so I can use it with my kinders this year. So easy and kid friendly! Thanks for the tip!

    1. What a great summer activity! Don't you love how you can direct children to different grade level activities here?

  2. Thank you for your information about Guided Math. I use a guided math approach but have never read the book. I'm on my way to pick up a copy now so I can follow along! These are great ideas about how I can add to my math block!

    1. Glad to have you join us! I'm coming from the same background as you: I dabbled around a bit over the years with the guided approach, but just heard about the book last year. I'm loving it so far! I've read much that gave me a lot of affirmation...I was heading in the right direction! And I've gotten TONS of practical ideas to add to my instruction.

  3. I'm excited to see the different ideas people come up with for math warm-ups. I have never heard of You can bet that I'm headed over there right now!
    Stories by Storie

  4. I do daily warm-ups faithfully at the beginning of the year, but slack off at the end when we are trying to move at a faster pace. I really have to be deliberate in this next year as I know it is so important.

  5. I tried to incorporate the math warm ups last year, but found it difficult because all 26 of my kids were trying to use the Promethean board at the same time. I think I've come up with a solution for it by reformatting my flipchart into a powerpoint that can be used on google docs. I look forward to trying again next year.

  6. Thanks so much for the info on the website! Can't wait to show it to my 4th graders.

  7. I really like the idea of integrating all the different types of math through out the entire school year no matter what strand/unit you are focusing on. For me, I think the math stretches is a huge confidence builder. This is something I can do! Right way. I can't wait.
    Thinking of Teaching

  8. My kiddos adore abcya! It worked great on our smartboard!

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