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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Math in Practice: Something for All Grades


Welcome back for my last post about Math in Practice.  Today I am going to take a look at the sample tasks for all of the grades.  You don't need to take my word about these tasks, you can download them for yourself at Heinemann.

Math in Practice: Teaching Kindergarten Math
The kindergarten sample includes Module 5: Comparing Numbers 1-10. The lessons included in the module focus on comparing groups of objects and comparing written numerals.  Student use counting and matching as strategies for comparing groups and determine more and less with activities such as Matching Bears, Towers of Cubes, and Just Enough Carrots. When the students are ready to move toward working with numbers, the module includes games such as Spin and Show 1 More, Roll and Compare, and Which Number is Greater.  The module is filled with vocabulary and math talk opportunities, plus ideas for differentiation, literature integration, and I can statements.

First Grade
The first grade sample is Module 12: Working with Money.  This module focuses on recognizing coins, knowing the value of each coin, and counting sets of like coins.  In the About the Math section of this module, the authors recommend teaching this throughout the year with brief experiences that are scattered.  Incorporating these skills into your calendar time is a great way to ensure that you keep going back to the skills again and again.  The activities in the unit such as Coin in My Pocket, Comparing Values, Counting Pennies and Dimes, and Counting Nickels would make great additions to any calendar routine. I also loved the student made Coin Poster idea.  Many of the activities such as What Is in the Purse, Race to a Dollar, and Who Has More Cents would be great for math center activities too.   This is a really great module for introducing money.  

Second Grade
The second grade sampler has Module 11: Exploring Time.  The goals for second grade include telling and writing time to the nearest five minutes on digital and analog clocks and understanding a.m. and p.m.  This unit includes lessons with movement, such as Make a Human Clock, as well as lessons that connect to what they already know about geometry and fractions with Splitting the Clock.   One of the things I like the best in this module are the questions to help student think about time and the difference between a.m. and p.m. such as:  "Brendan said he ate breakfast at 7:30 p.m.  Do you agree or disagree? Explain why."  There are also some great practice game and activities included.

Third Grade
Module 5, Rounding Numbers to the Nearer Ten or Hundred, is the third grade sample.  It focuses on rounding to the nearest ten, the nearest hundred, and understanding what rounding is and how it can be useful.  I love the use of number lines as a visual for this concept and the lesson that allows students to discover the rule themselves for rounding both to the nearest ten and hundred.  There are also several great suggestions for practice activities that would work great as math center activities.

Fourth Grade
The fourth grade sample contains Module 9: Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers.  It focuses on helping students understand that nonunit fractions (3/4) can be a product of unit fractions (3 x 1/4), finding the product of a fraction multiplied by a whole number and solving word problems using visual models.  I love the use of pattern blocks to show the multiplication, as well as number lines.  This is definitely another strong unit.

Fifth Grade
The fifth grade sample is Module 13: Exploring Volume. My previous post, Math in Practice: Fifth Grade, is about using an activity from the fifth grade sampler. We built rectangular prisms from graph paper as we tried to discover the formula for calculating volume.  You can click the link below to read about it.

You can read my previous posts about this series with these links:
Math in Practice: Proficiency and Beliefs
Math in Practice: Fifth Grade

I have to say that I am so excited to have this resource for the full year.  Math in Practice has a wealth of hands-on, engaging math activities that will benefit your students.  Among my favorite things in this series are:

  • Engaging activities
  • Rich mathematical tasks
  • Discussion ideas
  • Math vocabulary
  • About the math teacher information
  • Differentiation ideas
  • Practice activities and games
This is such an amazing resource that will enrich any math curriculum.  Check it out at Heinemann.  You won't be disappointed!

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