Math Start
07032012, 06:52 PM


I always start with a discussion about why we need math. We brainstorm a list of all the ways we use numbers to confirm the importance of math in our lives.
I then tell them that math can be fun like a puzzle as well. We read one of Greg Tang's math riddle picture books and discuss. I like The Grapes of Math, but I teach third. Another of his titles might work better for your grade level.
Then I put them into teams to see who can solve a Sudoku first. As the groups finish I give them an independent math assessment to see who knows their facts. I collect these a few minutes later finished and unfinished. If it is unfinished I know they need to practice for fluency, if not accuracy as well.
