07142010, 06:53 PM


I follow my own program. I found it really difficult to find one or two programs that really worked. I felt following a program held my kids back. I include math as much as possible during the day. I really follow the state standards and try to parallel the reg ed curriculum as much as possible, even though my students were many grade levels behind. I try to teach the same general areas of math at the same time but at the level of my students, which is usually many different levels. Our math coach was great at helping me to create a list of skills each grade level needed to master for our state. I just follow this list of skills and start plugging away at teaching my students where they are with the big goal in mind. They still have to take the state tests and I want them exposed as much as possible to at least the vocabulary.
I use a lot of web sites.
I love the math generator at interventioncentral.com. Edhelper has some good math worksheets. I also use worksheetworks.com. I really like their word problem, money, and time worksheets. My whole class could have a worksheet that looked the same but was at many different levels.
We also do the temperature each day. This really covers many skills. Each day they individually predict the temperature (after much discussion about how to make a good prediction). Then we find the actual temperature. They graph the temp on a drawing of a thermometor. They then find the difference of their prediction and the actual. We then complete a line graph for each day. Some students even round the temp to nearest tens. At the end of the week they answer questions about the temperature. Which day was the warmest, coldest? Then they find the difference between the warmest and coldest. Then they rank the temps warmest to coldest. Some of my 6th graders even work on finding the mean, mode, median. This was all on one worksheet for the whole week. It is on my computer at school or I would attach it. All the activites for each day was on the front and the line graph was on the back.
I hope you could understand all this rambling. Hopefully it was helpful!
