Think About It! is a twelve week, quick way to improve students’ Number Sense by providing opportunities to work with numbers in unique ways. There is one problem a day that varies by concept, or section, and each problem should not take more than 5 minutes. In each concept, or section, students will use addition and/or subtraction to work with numbers in situations that requires them to reason, decompose, determine equalities, and even create their own word problems. There is twelve weeks’ worth of materials to get the brain going and students will be quick to understand the concepts and do this on their own.There are very few requirements to setting up Think About It!
1. You may wish to use a small bulletin board or area where you place each type of problem in a section that has been labeled by the day of the week. For example: Monday – The Answer Is…, Tuesday – True or False?, Wednesday – The Missing Number is…, Thursday – Decompose This Number!, Friday – Would You Rather… Another option is to post one each day, assigning a student to put up the daily problem first thing in the morning.
2.You may wish to print out each of the 5 sections on cardstock and/or on various colors of paper, keeping all like problems in one color. This will help students organize their work, knowing what is expected each day. For example: Monday – Red, The Answer Is…, Tuesday – Blue, True or False?, etc.
3. This could be used as part of morning work or a transition activity from one subject to math.
4. Differentiation suggestions are given for each section for both Special Needs students and your more advanced math students.
Counters or other forms of manipulatives
Paper or math journals