Five Minute Math is a great way to get kids thinking about Math for the day and to 'warm-up' their brains! Students are given the first five minutes of the Math period to complete the task assigned for the day.
These warm-ups can serve to review concepts already introduced, when the teacher has moved on to new material. This reminds students they can’t just ‘move on and forget about it’ after a concept is introduced during Math, as Math builds on the foundation laid by previous concepts.
Five Minute Math also allows the opportunity to stretch the students’ thinking about new concepts (good for assessing who can make the leap, utilizing concepts already introduced to help them solve new material).
Finally, a Five Minute Math portfolio is a great assessment tool. At a glance, you can quickly take inventory and assess which students not only understand the concepts but are extending their thinking, which students understand the material that has been introduced, and which students need further review in order to understand basic fundamental material.
This first packet for fourth grade focuses on place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping, and basic word problems involving regrouping. There are enough activities in this packet for 5 weeks of school.