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Using Guided Math with the Whole Class.
- KWL charts
- Anticipation guides – this one is new to me, so I’m taking Sammons’ direction on creating anticipation guides: choose the most important concepts from the unit & create T/F statements. Make some of the statements contrary to what students might believe. As your students complete the survey, either in small groups, or independently, they’ll become aware of gaps & uncertainties. I created a freebie for you! Just click on the image of the anticipation guide and you can download from my TpT store. It's in Word, and completely customizable for you! I’m thinking these would make great additions to math journals. At the end of the unit, students flip back to the anticipation guide. & complete the after section. At this point, you can see who still has some misconceptions & address them with those kiddos.
- Word Splash—This sounds like a fun way to introduce vocabulary. Take a look at the standards you’re covering, & choose relevant and “catchy” vocabulary, & write the words on a chart or doc to display in a “splash” – all at once. The class then brainstorms together to figure out how the words are related. Sammons also suggests students create word splashes at the end of a unit as a way of summarizing.
I feel like this post should have been titled ”Things I want to add to my math block this year”. In addition to using activating activities, I also want to:
· Incorporate math-related literature. I actually have quite a few titles I could be using more frequently. My district uses Everyday Math, which lists related literature at the beginning of each unit. I’m hoping to go through my teacher manuals this summer & start compiling a list & getting the books in order. Another addition on my ever-growing to-do list!