Our lessons are pretty intuitive. If you go to http://illuminations.nctm.org/ click on "lessons" and you will be able to search by discipline and grade band. Each lesson outlines the learning objectives, how you can present the lesson to your class, and often includes ready-made activity sheets and discussion questions.
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You may like the Thinking Blocks--Model Your Math Problems. According to the homepage of the site: "Thinking Blocks is a suite of learning tools designed to help students solve math word problems accurately and efficiently. Using brightly colored blocks, students model mathematical relationships and identify known and unknown quantities. The model provides students with a powerful image that organizes information and simplifies the problem solving process. By modeling increasingly complex word problems, students develop strong reasoning skills which will facilitate the transition from arithmetic to algebra."
The site includes hundreds of word problems in six math areas, tutorial programs, and calculators. The activities work well using an interactive board in the classroom.
What do you think of these resources?
Check out the math resources that eric rose posted in the discussion Favorite online "cool" tools for teaching... (Eric's post near the end) of the Online Tools for Educators group. He mentioned that Mr. R.'s World of Math and Science (http://mathstory.com/) has a large collection of math resources for elementary students.
My resources in class include lots of student interaction with effective questioning skills. I have the students wanting to answer all of the time and I control the same responders by calling out names before I ask the question, or at times I ask the question asking students to raise their hand for the opportunity to respond. To really challenge everyone, I offer questions that would be worth the grade of a homework assignment. These questions are those I have not discussed in class but students may have learned in previous classes. Hence, my students constantly reference their textbook index, glossary, or their notes. Students become independent learners rather than waiting to be given the answer.
I like the way you control the same responders during your questioning session by calling on the students. This is similar to writing the students' names on popsicle sticks or tagboard strips. Just pull out a stick or strip whenever you ask a question. I have the students write the daily TPO and quided question in their Math journals and check responses on Thursday or Friday. Thanks for the info.
We are using or have the opportunity to use an ENO board in each of our classes. Can you give me any websites that you use to enhance multiplication and division. My fourth graders are really struggling with these concepts. I have tried flash cards, drill and kill, and would like to implement tech. Any suggestions?