Research shows that students retain their math learning best when they are presented with the concepts repeatedly, rather than in isolated units once in the year. This is called “spiralling” or “recursive math.”
My goal is to support you in spiraling your math – teaching the various strands recursively throughout the year by reinforcing a math concept through your calendar bulletin board display, along with short, daily, mini-lessons.
- Cards numbered 1-31 with an image for each day of the months. The images for each month represent a different math concept and are presented in a pattern. This reinforces patterning as well as a different math strand. For example
--- Geometry - 2D figures; 3D shapes; movement, angles
--- Number Sense - representing numbers, representing fractions, money
--- Time (quarter hour)
- Cards numbered 1-31 with question marks. These can be used as place holders if you are "revealing" the next term of the pattern each morning.
- Labels for months/days/year; "The pattern's core is" and "The pattern rule is"
How to use this package: Feel free to adapt this in a way that best suits your learners. However, here are a few suggestions:
--- During the first week or so of the pattern, conduct mini-lessons to review the concepts presented by the pattern, e.g., what makes a quadrilateral? What is the name of this 3-D figure and what are its attributes? What time does this clock show? What is the value of this coin? Etc.
--- Extend the mini-lesson by having students do a short mental math activity that reinforces the concept (e.g., how would you represent 18 using tallies?)
--- Once the core of the pattern has repeated twice or developed sufficiently, students can predict the next term in the pattern.
I am open to your feedback. Let me know how this works for you!