Teaching Student Centered Mathematics- Van de Walle
-In the chapters we have been assigned throughout this semester there have been so many lessons that have stuck out to me! In ELED 433 I felt the same way and that was with another book included. Along with the information given in the textbook there are numerous creative lessons along with each blurb of info. These books will definitely travel with me to my classroom.
-What’s my shape? (Pg. 213) A shape matching game with partners. Applies knowledge of attributes with predictions and estimations
-Geoboard Applet- Interactive website that helps students at any age work with measurement and geometry.http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_277_g_1_t_3.html?open=activities
– TesselMania! (Learning Company, 1994)
– Changing Units- Get creative with this by using units that you wouldnt normally think to use. The usage of non standard units can really benefit students who need to think on a direct modeling level.
– Creating their own tools- This is seen a couple times throughout the book and is a great idea for a creative way to stick to the standards but gives students a hands on experience in the process. Making their own tools will help the teacher assess where students are in terms of understanding the content. Works particularly well with measurement tools- rulers, protractors etc.
– Guess the unit- Guessing games are fun and effective for students because they feel in control. When the teacher is asking them to solve the mystery it helps them become more engaged and thorough in their findings. They will feel the need to get the answer correct, knowing that the teacher is not going to solve the mystery for them.
– Scavenger Hunt- This is a great idea for a math activity! Have students work as teams to solve a scavenger hunt around the room. This can be used for math or any subject. It keeps the students engaged while they solve content based problems.
– Design a Bag- We did this in class and is seen in the textbook. This is engaging because students have control over their own bag, and have the chance to experiment with their peers bags.
– Blackline Masters Templates located in the back of the book.

NCTM Illuminations
There are endless lessons and activities to do with your students on this website. These interactive games can be used to creatively review a lesson that has already been covered, or help those who are really struggling with a subject. Sometimes children understand better infront of the computer screen, or when technology is involved. Here are some I have liked so far:
– Fraction Models- This is good for students who are not yet ready for fraction equations or fractions with only pencil and paper.http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=11
– Adjustable Spinner- We used this in 533! I really liked this one because you have both the knowledge of pie charts, and practice with probability. http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=79
-The Factor Game- This is a great way to get students to work on their factors without writing out factor trees or giving a worksheet. They can work with or against a partner to play this game.http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=12
-Shape Tool- This is good for students who are a little bit slower with scissors, glueing and composing. Some children take a long time to cut out shapes or use glue, which wastes time and defeats the purpose of lessons. With this, students get the experience of working with shapes and symmetry, but does not take all of the time creating them and then cleaning up the mess. I can think of many students in my practicum class who would have loved this game!http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=35
-Competing Coasters- This is a fun competition activity that will get students thinking about meqsurement while creating a structure they can relate to.http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?id=L241

“Kagan Cooperative Learning”- Spencer Kagan
This book was used in our 570 class and there are a few ways of effectively incorporating coorperative planning into the classroom. This would help with creatively covering content through group work.

Kagan book cover

“Big Book of Math”- Dinah Zike
-Foldable shapes: These can be used to make any math lesson easier on the eyes, and will help some students focus who are more visual or need to work hands on in order to learn and understand material. This can help teachers stick to the standards however make it easier and more enoyable for students to organize and interpret the information being taught. Foldables can serve as study guides and reference materials.
Some that stuck out to me:
– 3 quarter book
– Two-tab book
– Matchbook- good for memorization of multiplication tables
– Pocket book- organizational
– Shutter fold- brochure style
– Layered books
– Accordian book


I previously had a “teaching” board, but have added some great math lessons to it! These lessons are all stored on my board. While pinning these I was able to find a lot of great blogs to follow which will make my resource list even more beneficial.
– Design a park.http://www.math.ccsu.edu/mitchell/math409tcmjourneydesigningacitypark.pdf
– Vocabulary pack- involved standards and some creative lessons to go along with each standard
– Playing cards- mean, median, mode, range
– “Teaching Mathematics Creatively” (book)
– Identifying angles- popsicle sticks, straws etc.
– Gallon house

Lessons and activities that I have kept from my previous 5th grade practicum will stick with me forever (and she gave me copies of each for safe keeping!)

Handouts (Choice Menus)
-Hidden positions, copy tiles, tetris (like this)
-2d shapes, arrays, 3d shapes
-Pattern block cards, predict and cover, last block game(like this)
-reverse last block game, finding lines of symmetry, crazy cakes (like this)
-photo scavenger hunt, mystery bags
-guess my rule, concept maps, property lists

Smart Exchange
I first used smart exchange in my 400 level semester when I was strugging to find an engaging lesson for math! My teacher recommended this site because it has a large selection of smartboard lessons that are interactive yet informative. I haven’t spent a lot of time on this website, but I am sure I will once I am in the classroom full time. Lessons taught through technology are always good to have on hand.

Teachers Pay Teachers
This website can be used for any age, with any subject. Once you find a good lesson it is hard to look back. Some lessons cost money, but there are a lot that don’t! It is like a department store for lessons 🙂

Blogs to follow
I have found that blogs have actually helped me the most in this process (other than pinterest). I can find blogs through pinning and I have found some great ones that I want to keep as a resource for the future.

My Measurement Unit Plan



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