Your young learners will love to learn about math and the best ways to solve problems by learning with this math strategies unit, Math Our Way! By following the advice of the Math Masters, a group of 11 students, your students will learn various strategies that they can use to solve their own math problems. Though there are many strategies that your students can use, this unit focus on 11 strategies, led by 11 students:
~Hundreds Chart Hanna
~Number Line Nancy
~Tens Frame Taryn
~Base Ten Baxter
~Number Bonds Betty
As you can tell from their names, each student guides the students through their strategy by completing the following activities:
~Teacher Big Book/Posters: Each student in the Math Master Class goes through their strategy and how it can help your young learner in math computation and when to use the strategy
~Student Strategy Notebook: A half page reader that students use to take notes about why the strategy is useful, when to use it, and a drawing of the strategy that the student can use to remember it
~Cooperative Learning Mats: In pairs, students are given a real-world problem to solve and asked which strategy would be best to figure it out. They then meet with their partner, compare strategies, and then come up with a final answer. Students use post-it notes to track their answers on the provided mat. This activity is perfect for encouraging math talk and higher level thinking! There are 11 story problem mats included.
~Full-page poster of the Math Master class in color and black and white for students to keep in their math folders/desk to use as a reference of the strategies
~Math Strategy Center: Students are shown a picture of the strategy and they must match it with the correct strategy it represents. Great as a quick comprehension check. Recording sheet included.
~Which would you use? Center: Students are given a scenario and must clip with a clothespin or paperclip, which strategy would make more sense to use to figure out the answer.
~Class Book: Students record what their favorite math strategy is and why, and draw a picture. A color cover is provided to put together with student responses, to make a book for your classroom library.
~Math Strategy Workbook/Coloring Book: Students have a booklet of each Math Master student listed above, the strategy they represent, and when/why to use it. Students must trace over words which helps them to remember purpose of strategy.
~PA seperate PDF file of Half-page posters of each strategy included, plus a few more strategies ( I didn't want to overload them with too many options of strategies; there are many more they can learn from you should you choose!)
This is a fun, fun unit for your even your youngest learners to understand math and different ways they can tackle problems. It really causes them to think their answers through and then apply it to their own situations. It's very interactive and hands-on. Please see the preview for a glimpse at every page included!
I have a similar Language Arts product you may enjoy about Reading Strategies, The Comprehension Club.