1. WARM UP – The Fraction Template
Project the fraction template below. Click for pdf: fraction template
Photocopy it for students if at all possible. Our 5th graders keep one in their binder for weeks.
Ask simply : “WHAT DO YOU SEE? You can’t give a wrong answer – whatever you see is true.” Early answers might refer to colors and numbers. Accept all as true. Gradually ….
1. WARM UP
Put this puzzle up as students come in. Have them record their answers, and discuss.
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THE LADY OR THE TIGER
A puzzle has the ability to pull children into the subject of math. A story even more so. Let’s combine the two.
1. The Story
We start this activity by reading a condensed version of Frank Stockton’s classic tale “The Lady or the Tiger”.
After the story, we discuss the word “Ambiguity”, since the children are fascinated and frustrated by the fact that the author does not give an answer to the question “Did …
Activities in the first couple weeks need to draw the children in. Even (especially!) those who think they dislike math. We avoid computation, instead looking for activities that involve ambiguity, head-scratching patterns, puzzles and stories.
TEACHING LOGIC FIRST: (~15 minutes)
A puzzle has the ability to pull children into the subject of math. It appeals to a wide range of learners and can generate small feelings of success….
THREE GUIDELINES FOR CHANGE
1. Concrete −> Pictorial −> Abstract. This is perhaps Singapore’s greatest contribution to math pedagogy. Based on research that goes back over a hundred years (Dewey, Bruner, Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori, and others), Singapore validated the strength of this approach by using it to achieve top scores internationally.