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 teacherwriter Joined: Apr 2011 Posts: 4,417 Senior Member
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Math curriculum/planning
01-25-2018, 03:23 PM
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I'm new to a small, self-contained class for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. They demonstrate very poor knowledge of math facts and all math concepts, and they struggle to comprehend and retain instruction. We have just half a year left, and I just don't have enough time to do justice to everything I need to cover.

So I've decided to (haha) divide math topics into two categories. The first is the important stuff, such as the four operations, fractions, decimals, and word problems. The second is the less-important stuff, such as time/elapsed time, money, data and graphs, measurement and probability. I'll spend the most class time on the urgent stuff. Now I'm trying to figure out a way to provide good instruction and practice on the other topics. I have two ideas.

* Idea 1 is to do a weekly math packet. I would do a quick review of the concepts and some guided practice on the skill and then have them do some work each day. I originally thought this was a good idea until I decided that they won't retain the mini-lesson and may actually botch the practice. Plus I don't know how much instruction they've received on the topics previously.

* Idea 2 is to devote one class a week to one topic--money one day, measurement another day, etc. I would do a mini-lesson and then set up centers, one of which is with me for more direct instruction so I can be sure they've got the concept. The other two centers must be independent and foolproof; these students can't focus enough to work together, and they can't be trusted to actually do work correctly. I would follow with homework and morning work practice and some sort of assessment (not sure what).

I'm leaning toward idea 2. What do you think? Any other approaches I should consider? And if I do idea 2, where am I gonna get all those centers?....

 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 23,740 Senior Member
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I like idea 2
01-26-2018, 12:43 PM
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I would try and tell personal short stories of how you use these types of math in everyday life so they understand the importance of learning the skill.

There are many lists of picture books on math topics. I would include some of these with your lessons for variety. Make those important math connections as you read aloud and they listen. If they have trouble listening give them an action to perform every time they hear a key math word to help them listen. Like if they hear the word fraction they snap their fingers, or if they hear the words multiply or multiplication clap their hands once.... You get the idea.

best math books I know

http://gregtangmath.com

fractions
https://mathgeekmama.com/best-books-teach-to-fractions/

place value and large numbers
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/381257924697486778/

https://www.the-best-childrens-books...-for-kids.html

I would find as many math games as possible on Pinterest and TPT to use with your students. Kids like games and learn in spite of themselves and their interest in math for the sake of playing the game. Repetition is good for them and playing the games over and over will provide that practice.

https://betterthanhomework.com/math-paper-plate-games/

http://creeksidelearning.com/how-to-teach-place-value/

There is a great free website by Scholastic called Study Jams. It has math and science lessons via video. They are short animated clips. Show these when appropriate to add variety to lessons.

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/index.htm

Also emphasize math vocabulary. Sometimes they don't understand math terms or just regular words that are often found in word problems. Really understanding the vocabulary can be a huge step in the right directions to solving real life math problems. Here is a link for kid's online math dictionary that is wonderful, colorful and fun.

http://amathsdictionaryforkids.com

Good luck!

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 1956BD Joined: Aug 2007 Posts: 23,740 Senior Member
1956BD

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Math projects?
01-26-2018, 01:55 PM
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These look like fun. Maybe it is something you can use to motivate your students to to enjoy learning math.

http://mashupmath.com/blog/2017/5/2/...-project-ideas

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