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Old 02-12-2017, 07:49 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

I have ONE student in my class that is very high in math. He is high in other areas as well but I can differentiate for these areas pretty easily.

For math, my school switches kiddos based on ability. Yes....yes.... we don't like it but have to do it RIGHT NOW....but maybe not in the future (that is another post!!)

Anyhoo........my little sweetie loves to do math as his hobbie.....literally....we have worked through the 4th and 5th grade standards......he is easily at pre-algebra level and I have found some great resources on TPT for this but was wondering what you fab teachers do when you encounter this situation.

FYI....he is a group of his own in math workshop. He has worked on FrontRow but I have worked with him one-on-one because he deserves to learn something new. I just afraid his "new" is about to out run my knowledge!!!! ahhhhh.

Thanks a ton and can't wait to hear from you fab group of educators.

Happy Valentine's Day!


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If he is that high, have they discussed subject acceleration? I had a 4th grader last year taking accelerated pre-algebra (7th/8th grade math) right along with the middle schoolers.

There is also the option of enrichment, versus straight math curricula. There is a lot of recreation math, logic puzzlers, math olympiad type stuff out there that stretches the thinking skills and the brain, but isn't necessarily tied to a grade level standard.
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Kahn Academy for advanced work, reading biographies of famous mathematicians, and I agree with the enrichment puzzles.
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I am in the same boat, so I am eager to hear your answers. I have 3 who are brilliant and I have yet to find something that is challenging for them. They are on their own all math block because everything we do is way too easy for them.

I also use teachers pay teachers resources. What are some of your favorites? I think one idea I might do is have them make videos of themselves teaching concepts, possibly for lower grades? My kids also do ixl math at the 7th grade level.

I've used a few activities from this site:
http://ncaigirp.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Mathematics+3-5

My other problem is how fast these kids can work! I plan these long activities for them and they finish them in a few days and need something else!
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I really agree with the first reply. This student should probably be doing the next grade or two higher for his/her math. From what you say, this is beyond the need for enrichment. Do you have an RTI system where you can have a team sit down and discuss this possibility?


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If he likes math as a hobby, he might like a project like the one that was in the old EveryDay Mathematics fifth grade program. I never taught it myself, but it was a self-directed project. Students were given $1,000,000 to spend. They could create something such as a football stadium and had to research how much lighting and benches would cost, and determine a budget that would get the job done. It would probably be wise to up the amount to 2 or even 3 million for today's dollars, but it might be something he could work on for quite a while that would be very engaging.
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I don't know what grade you're teaching, but I'd suggest seeing if your school would buy you Hands on Equations - Level I & II (and level III, so he can continue it next year). It teaches basic algebraic concepts. The mini-lessons take me about 5-7 minutes to teach and then the student practices.

This is my second year as a gifted specialist in elementary. When I told my 4th graders we were going to do HoE, they groaned because they'd done it lock-step. Now when we get to this unit, students are all working at their own pace. I teach the mini-lesson and let them go.

Last year I had a student teach himself level III, with a few questions when he was stumped.
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Hi!

I would recommend trying some projects where the student has to apply the material. Pinterest has a TON of good ideas. I have used study island for enrichment, centers, and even Singapore Math materials.

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