Math Menus are a way to engage your learners in practice of previously taught math skills allowing you to meet with small groups and individuals highlighting a guided math model. Learners are not required to finish the menu in a week's time, rather over time. You decide if there should be a daily 'have-to' and what that consists of. More importantly, they are held accountable for their daily choices.
Description of activities:
- Daily 'Have-to': Activity aligned to your whole group lesson.
- C-Rods: Students free explore Cuisenaire rods.
- Computer Lesson/Games: Students practice important skills using technology.
- Pattern Blocks Challenge: How many different shapes can you build with 9 blocks?
- Number Writing Practice: Students are provided with a variety of differentiated activities to practice their symbolic notation (chalk, shaving cream, sheets, sand, etc.)
- Math Folders: Students individualized work and/or unfinished work are found in these folders.
- Make 10: Using a deck of cards with the face cards (except for the Joker) removed, students place the the cards face down in rows. Much like Concentration, the goal is to flip over two cards whose sum equals ten. Cards can be placed face up as an accommodation.
- Number Stories: Learners write addition or subtraction number stories in their math journals, including a math drawing and number sentence.
- Weather Graph: Students use the classroom monthly weather graph to answer the weekly question. I ask the students to answer in their math journals but you could certainly use multiple ways to show their understanding. My questions include: Which type of weather has the most days? Which has the fewest? How many more days are cloudy than sunny?
- Student Game: This was student generated. A learner created a game and asked if they could teach their peers how to play. They simply created a number path and the object was to roll the die and move that many spaces, then correctly say the number. Other learners have created games since and we have made it a menu item.