Sunday, September 15, 2013

Visual Lesson Plans

I'm sorry I skipped my lesson plans last week, but it was one of those crazy weeks with all kinds of surprises thrown in the mix.  We had benchmark testing which took a few days and other little things that got me off track.  I think things should settle down this week, and I can get us back to where we need to be.

I'm starting one of my favorite math units on Wednesday, that I think is one of my best kept secrets.  It's all about types of story problems, and it teaches students how to break down word problems, so that they know whether they should add, subtract, multiply, or divide.  Since I haven't even introduced multiplication, I'll only focus on the addition and subtraction portion of the unit.  This week, I'll teach about joining problems with the change unknown, start unknown, and result unknown.

I'll introduce one type of story problem a day, and after I feel like my students have a good grasp on the concept, they'll write their own story problem in their Types of Story Problems booklets.

I didn't make this until toward the end of the year last year, so I'm excited to able to use this at the beginning of the year.

This will also be my first week to introduce math work stations.  This is a soft introduction, where I will only be introducing half of our first set of work station activities.  You'll probably notice that all of the even numbered stations are Roll and Round.  I selected this activity, because we've already done it in class, so my students know exactly what to do in this station.  My students go to two stations a day, so everyone will get to do something new and something familiar.  This makes it much easier on me, because it's just about impossible for me monitor 12 groups, with each group working on a new activity.  Next week, I'll introduce the other half, which will be the even numbers, and we can really get rolling with work stations.  I'll then begin adding and taking away a new activity each week or so.

If you want to see or post your own visual lesson plans, check our Mrs. Wills's Sneak a Peak Linky!

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Andrea Snow said...

Hi Ashleigh-
Is your Types of Story Problems unit for sale in your TPT store yet? I looked for it and had no luck finding it.
Thanks so much!

Ashleigh S said...

They sure are!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Types-of-Story-Problems-A-Guide-for-Understanding-and-Solving-Word-Problems-566837

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