I was inspired to create more engagement in my classroom by the wonderful Dave Burgess, author of “Teach like a Pirate.” If you haven’t read the book, I HIGHLY recommend it! It seriously has opened my eyes to a new side of education and has “re-energized” me to be excited about teaching.
I have been focusing on creating more hype or engagement/ excitement surrounding math. I already have differentiated centers, use data to drive instruction, and teach a guided math format. This logically seemed like it should be the next step.
In this file you will find a weekly or every other week math challenge. I teach skill based math so each challenge is picked out to mirror the skill focus for the week. Often students might need to work on the challenges during other times of the day like during Daily 5 stations since students will still be completing their normal guided math work as well.
First, I took a small cardboard box; cut a hole in the top large enough to fit a hand, filled it with confetti like bag filler, and wrapped it in paper to create a “Math Mystery Box.”
I hide each weekly challenge card in the box. As we are waiting to introduce the challenge after math on Monday, I play “Eye of the Tiger” and of course we all dance and wait for me to dramatically pull out the weekly challenge. We read the challenge together. Next, we brainstorm materials, form groups if needed etc. We also form a plan as a whole class or in their groups on Monday.
The remainder of the week Tuesday-Friday morning students can work on it and also if they finish their “must do” math stations early.
On Friday- we will have the challenge.
This is just a way to get the students really into what they are learning.
These are the “I Can” statements that we focus on first quarter.
I Can Statements Included Are:
• I can count, write and match numbers to objects to 120.
• I can tell and write time in hours and half hours using analog and digital clocks.
• Can identify the ones and tens digits in a number.
• I can compare numbers using the symbols: <, > and =.
• I can line up small objects that are the same size to measure a large object.
• I can organize three objects by length and compare their sizes.
*NOT ALL OF THE STATEMENTS HAVE THEIR OWN CHALLENGE- there are 4 challenges included.