Lory's 2nd Grade Skills Lory's 2nd Grade Skills Home About Me My Classroom Freebies Teachers Pay Teachers Facebook Pinterest Image Map

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Math Work Stations - Chapter 5

A great book of ideas, sunshine in the 70 degrees, my diet coke and a lounge outside (along with my 3 little ones :) ... this summer is starting out SUPER!
Chapter 5 was another chapter of great ideas and things to think about:

What did I learn in the chapter that will help me support math vocabulary in addition and subtraction work stations...

I love the idea of sentence frames.. it seems they increase easy math dialogue between the kids and encourages correct terminology.

I also love the idea of bringing in objects to inspire and encourage students to create their own story problems. Thematically, we can add fun and stimulating ideas... it seems to be a fun, easy way to change things up.

How do you build addition and subtraction fluency?

I believe students become more fluent with more practice... and that is not always easy. Sometimes our students become bored with too much of a good thing. I LOVED having a daily math fact timing and I love the fact that the kiddos can progress at their own pace AND love the fact that it only takes 30 seconds a day... most importantly my students really enjoy it and tend to remind me with their pencils in the air (our signal to begin the timing). About 18 years ago during my student teaching I was able to observe this activity and then tweak it for my classroom. I have been grateful for many years.

I also enjoy having activities for my students to do when they are 'finished' with assignments. In the morning my students begin with a math review sheet and then head over to the math center and wait for a partner to play a one page math game. The games are very simple for me to prepare and them to play. It provides them to practice basic math facts in a fun, active way. I believe in 'organized fun' :)

What type of story problems have you been working on?

I love using the foam stickers that are available at the craft stores for my story problem activites. The variety is endless and the cost is pretty cheap. The kids enjoy creating a picture for the story problem and then compile them in a class book for free reading. This coming year I want to provide more opportunities for my students to express their math vocab and knowledge in their writing... including story problems... with sentence frames to direct them.


Jenn Bates said...

Awesome shares, thanks!! I was going to make character, setting, etc cards too but now I don't have to. THANKS!!

Kim Balek said...

I really love the idea of kids using the foam stickers to create story problems! Thanks!

vgw said...

I agree Kim. What a great way to keep the excitment up about practicing the same skills. Virginia

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your character, setting, number cards. You rock!! :oD

Rene said...

Love the foam sticker idea for story problems and then making a class book!!! Thanks for the freebies too!!

hsamuelson said...

You are FABULOUS! Thanks for taking the time to share all the great ideas!

Laurie said...

This was AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

I love your games. I also love the idea of using colored paper to copy my games onto. Thanks for sharing!

Tessa said...

Where do you purchase your clipart? These are very cute! (not to mention useful!)

Unknown said...

These are awesome! Thank you!!

Lory said...

Thanks for the kind comments... I do alot of my copies on colored cardstock and I thinks it looks cute... can't afford to print everything on the color printer;)
I get alot of my clipart from Scrappindoodle.com
Lory's Page

Donut Diva said...

Will you be putting your classroom story problems on tpt or are these part of the back to school unit?

Lory said...

Heidi... I haven't created story problems to be printed... Many times I wing it with the holidays and foam stickers. I am definately going to work on this area. After this little conversation... I just might make up a few to post as a freebie on the blog ;) Thanks for the idea!

Donut Diva said...

Anything that you make with debbie diller in mind is worth its weight in gold. I did her la centers and creating it took forever but once it was up and running it was great. Then of course the next year we all had to do the daily 5 so it went out the window.
Thanks in advance. Heidi

Amanda Preskitt said...

Oh my! You are AMAZING!:-)

Renée Louise said...

Wow, I stumbled upon your blog and found it to be EXTREMELY helpful. You offer such great resources and ideas! I can't wait to purchase items from your TPT store! I'm entering into my 2nd year of teaching 2nd grade and love any resource that can help me improve my classroom and teaching. I'm loving the book study I've seen on so many blogs and hope to get my hands on Debbie Diller's book(s) soon! (phew, sorry for the novel!)

Kristi said...

I just came across your blog and WOW!!! I was especially excited because we are fellow Davis District teachers, although I teach Kindergarten. Thanks so much for all of your hard work and willingness to share.

Miss B said...

Hey Lory, I found your blog through the freebie linky. Thanks soooo much for sharing! Your Scholastic book looks great and you are so generous. :)

Miss B, Busy Bee

Stephanie Taylor said...

Hey Lori! What programs do you use to create all these wonderful activities?

Grace said...

Hi Lory,

Thanks for sharing all of these great resources - it's really apprecaited and very helpful!

I'm just wondering if you could please provide the title and author of the book you're using to help inspire you?

Thanks so much!

- Miss Feeney

iintegratetechnology said...