Just wanted to share a pic of my kids playing my place value game Higher or Lower (available at my TpT store.) They really enjoy playing this game when we do maths tubs and they can be quite competitive. It is great to be a "fly on the wall" and listen to the strategies they use to work out if they can make a higher or lower number. The students in this pic are in grade 3 so they are using 4 dice, but I also have students that are in grade 2 and only use 2 or 3 dice.
I have just started using maths tubs in my room this year as an explicit teaching component, I used to do it as rotational activities.
This year because of programs that I have to fit into my classroom as a school expectation I have changed my math routine a bit.
So my maths sessions look a bit like this:
- Maths Mentals, in a 2/3 class it can be a bit tricky to challenge the more advanced students while allowing the less able children the chance to achieve. I have also been bored out of my brain with Maths Mentals. Most of the other classes use Maths Mentals text books but I like to be able to have a focus on what is going on in the classroom, so this is what I have done to "fun" it up.
Using the IWB I have made a slide for each day of the week
Wacky Word Problem Wednesday
Fun Facts Friday
On the slide I put the questions on a flip button with a timer, so all I have to do is set it up for the week and put the timer on. The students love to flip the question to get the answer.
For each day I will put a variety of quick problems across the strands so even though it may be Wacky Word Problem Wednesday I will have measurement, geometry or number problems.
- Next is a 10 minute game- usually related to number (this is following the TEN-Teaching Early Numeracy program)
- Whole class lesson on a concept
- Whole class independent practice (sometimes this is from their text book), with a small group withdrawn for support or extra instruction.
- Maths Tubs for the last 20 minutes of the lesson- I have 6 tubs that are related to the Strands from our curriculum. Number, Operations, Measurement, Patterns and Algebra, Space and Geometry and Chance and Data. These are independent activities and I take this time to observe the groups and make notes.
I would love to hear from others on how they run their maths sessions.