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 lovnteachn03 Joined: Jul 2012 Posts: 7 New Member
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08-05-2017, 03:34 PM
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Hello! I have taught 2nd for 5 years, and loved it!
This year I was moved to 3rd and 4th grade (we are a small school) math/science.
Any pointers? Also, math is not my strong subject We have a new principal and she moved several teachers around! Should be an interesting year.
And did I mention....state tests in May....yikes!!

 GreyhoundGirl Joined: Nov 2008 Posts: 17,665 Senior Member
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08-05-2017, 04:32 PM
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I couldn't teach math without learnzillion videos. They have short videos and entire lessons for all the standards (3rd and 4th). You can save them. They're fantastic.

3rd and 4th graders aren't too old for manipulatives. Use them and use them often. If you're teaching them together I'd look at doing guided math. If you're rotating, then you could do it either way.

 tchrrx Joined: Jul 2007 Posts: 5,532 Senior Member
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08-05-2017, 07:39 PM
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This is my favorite activity that gets kids to thinking about numbers in different ways.

- I write the date on the board (ex. 5 since today is August 5.)
- I secretly write on a piece of paper how I would make the number 5.
- I call on students to tell me how they could make 5. I list their answers on the board. If I call on a student and they don't have a ready answer they get skipped (unless they do it on purpose, then I wait them out.). They cannot duplicate someone else's answer.
- At the end I check to see if anyone made the date the same way I did. If so, they receive a small prize.

I've been amazed at the way kids learn to use Roman numerals, multiplication, division, and even positives and negatives to make the number. I'll even have some that give me things like 1,000,000,000 - 999,999,995. I'll take those answers, but they know if they say "one million (or billion or whatever)", they have to be able to tell me how to write that number.

 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 23,581 Senior Member
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Picture Books To Use in teaching Math
08-06-2017, 03:26 AM
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http://childrenspicturebooks.info/ar...s_for_math.htm

Picture books can make a great introduction to various math concepts. Here is just one list to get you started.

 lovnteachn03 Joined: Jul 2012 Posts: 7 New Member
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Sounds Great!
08-06-2017, 05:53 PM
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Thank you all so much! I love all these ideas!!
I hope y'all have a great year!!

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