Be prepared to start 2nd semester with this DECEMBER AND JANUARY COMBO SET! There are 2 weeks for December due to the long holiday break, and 5 weeks for January!
There is also an "I finished early page" per week for those fast working students!
I saw significant gains from my students getting this daily practice, so I wanted to share it with other teachers to bring success to your classrooms!
December Do Nows Cover the following objectives:
-Daily addition problems with regrouping + composing base ten blocks
-Daily subtraction problems with regrouping + decomposing base ten blocks
-Introduction to 2 step word problems (They're broken down into 2 steps, so it's still like having 2 word problems per day! It's done this way to get students to understand how to break down 2 step word problems)
***IN JANUARY THE WORD PROBLEMS CHANGE! In January, we begin working on a mix of 1 and 2 step word problems. Then, in mid January, we really focus on breaking problems down and representing them in different ways: pictures, bar models, equations, and the solving section can be used however you want it to be used (number lines, standard algorithm, base ten blocks, etc.)
2-3 spiral review questions which include, but are not limited to:
-time (reading the hands and drawing the hands on a clock)
-coins (determining the value of a set of coins)
-composing & decomposing numbers
-place value (expanded form, standard form, written form, base ten blocks)
I give this packet to my students on Mondays and they keep it in their desks all the way through Friday. In my classroom, immediately after lunch, my kids get this out from their desk and it is their "Do Now" for when they enter the room. I set the timer for 20 minutes and it gives me time to prepare for the second half of the day, as well as work in small groups with my struggling kiddos.
Your students should be able to complete most or all of these problems. However, if it's something new to them, exposure never hurts! It'll probably come up later in the year anyway!
Then when the timer goes off, we review the answers. There's a million different ways to do this:
-project it from a document camera or smart board and think aloud to go over the processes (this was extremely helpful for my kids with standard algorithm)
-call up students to "be the teacher" and work out the problems and explain their thinking to the class (afterall, if a student is able to teach a concept, that means they have reached mastery of the concept!)
-have students check their work with a partner (or even do it with a partner if you want to shake things up!)
-call on students from a cold-call cup or from a randomizer like Class Dojo (my kids love earning participation points!) to explain how they solved a problem.
Anyway! The possibilities are endless with these Do Nows. I love having them as a part of our daily routine because I find them to be beneficial and the kids don't seem to mind doing them either. So I hope you'll get good use out of them in your classroom.
And remember, if you don't have time to use these as a Do Now, they can always be sent home as math homework, or used for your high kids who always finish work early!