We all know that when kids are having fun, they are happy, excited and engaged. I see many math classes with students sitting quietly listening to the teacher bark at them at the front of the room with all the kids staring blankly out the window with their boring text book open on their desk. Does this sound familiar to you? I had to share what we have been doing this week in math and hopefully it will inspire you to add a bit of fun into your math routine. We are currently learning different adding strategies, this is what we have been up to:
Students created number trains with linking blocks. I had students sit in a circle as I poured out hundreds of linking blocks onto the carpet. I would yell a number and partners had to make as many number trains as they could that equaled the number that I yelled out.
Students then were given a number and had to make as many number trains as they could that equaled the number I gave them. When they finished their trains they took a picture and tweeted it out.