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This set of May Math Do Nows includes 4 weeks of daily Math Do Nows, including weekly I Finished Early pages for those fast working students!
I saw significant gains from my students getting this daily practice, so I wanted to share it with other teachers to bring success to your classrooms!
May Do Nows Cover the following objectives:
-2 word problems (a mix of 1 and multi-step word problems) These problems are slightly more rigorous to ensure students are prepared for math in 3rd grade. These word problems focus on solving the problem in a variety of ways: draw a picture, bar model, write an equation (Great for 3rd grade prep), and solve the problem. (You can choose if you want your kids to solve it using standard algorithm, solve on a number line, or with base ten blocks, etc! It is up to you!)
-daily spiral review questions
The 2-3 daily spiral review questions include, but are not limited to:
-written justification of a student's answer
-composing & decomposing numbers
-place value (expanded form, standard form, written form, base ten blocks)
I give this packet to my students on Mondays and they keep it in their desks all the way through Friday. In my classroom, immediately after lunch, my kids get this out from their desk and it is their "Do Now" for when they enter the room. I set the timer for 20 minutes and it gives me time to prepare for the second half of the day, as well as work in small groups with my struggling kiddos.
Your students should be able to complete most or all of these problems. However, if it's something new to them, exposure never hurts! It'll probably come up later in the year anyway!
Then when the timer goes off, we review the answers. There's a million different ways to do this:
-project it from a document camera or smart board and think aloud to go over the processes (this was extremely helpful for my kids with standard algorithm)
-call up students to "be the teacher" and work out the problems and explain their thinking to the class (after all, if a student is able to teach a concept, that means they have reached mastery of the concept!)
-have students check their work with a partner (or even do it with a partner if you want to shake things up!)
-call on students from a cold-call cup or from a randomizer like Class Dojo (my kids love earning participation points!) to explain how they solved a problem.
The possibilities are endless with these Do Nows. I love having them as a part of our daily routine because I find them to be beneficial and the kids don't seem to mind doing them either. So I hope you'll get good use out of them in your classroom.
And remember, if you don't have time to use these as a Do Now, they can always be sent home as math homework, or used for your high kids who always finish work early!