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I have 8 years of experience in education. I LOVE to teach math, especially finding ways to help students connect math to the real world. I believe in fostering deep conceptual knowledge with real world projects and rigorous problem solving.

Elementary Architects Math Project: Design Blueprints & Explore Area (Grade 24)
An architect firm would like to hire your students! In this math project students design a one room space of their choice to learn how to calculate area to estimate flooring needs. They are paid for their designs and can be hired on for more!
These lessons are an in depth math project that can been used for a small group of gifted 2nd graders, a whole class of 3rd graders (there are MANY common core state standards for area in third grade), or as a reinforcing/review project for 4th graders.
This is a problem solving activity that requires some writing in the beginning, reading to understand the problem, precision and perseverance. There are opportunities for gifted students to excel as well as for students with special needs to have modifications. This math project definitely covers many of the Standards for Mathematical Process.
This unit of study has 5 structured days with a step by step walkthrough with photos to help explain the project. These five days set up students to work independently on the rest of the days of the project. It is a math project that differentiates naturally for different learners.
This unit includes:
1. Structured lessons with instructions and photos of the project
2. A two page student project sheet to promote reading in math
3. A class record form for note taking
4. Sample blueprints for reference
5. Brainstorming sheet
6. 2 sets of exit slips as a formative assessment
7. Reflection sheet for the end of the project
8. Grid paper template
This is a great math project to really embed those Standards for Mathematical Practice into your classroom.
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 4.00Use the Clues: Differentiated Collaborative Problem Solving (Grades 35)
What do you do when you hit a road block or a problem? You call a friend, talk to someone near you to get help or look it up. This makes us better learners, and it allows us to gain new knowledge and strategies. Students can become better problem solvers when they are given opportunities to work together. When the problem are differentiated, they are working at their highest level.
Why work on problem solving together?
21st century skills are definitely going to be needed in the workforce in the coming years. The ideas of collaboration, critical thinking, communication and cooperation will not be going away. Not to mention that old saying “two heads are better than one” rings true. Working together to solve problems can help students who struggle learn great strategies, and it can help students who excel go deeper with interpersonal skills. Learning to communicate with others respectfully is extremely important. In addition this helps students use the Standards for Mathematical Practice: perseverance, constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others.
What is a collaborative math problem?
A collaborative problem is where a group of students come together to solve a problem that has been split into several pieces (or clues). The entire group is given the question, and then each member is given a clue that is needed to solve the problem. Members work together to solve the problem by sharing their clues and strategies. In the end, they also evaluate themselves on their group’s communication and cooperation.
What age group is this most appropriate for?
These problems are appropriate for third through fifth graders. The problems are differentiated into four levels so that you can create flexible groups.
How often can you use this problem type in class?
This type of problem solving will likely take longer the first time you do it. You will want to walk students through the process the first time (see the steps on the Student Recording Sheet in the preview). The more times you go through the cycle (never leave out the reflection piece!) the faster they will start to solve the problems as a team. Then, it will not take as much class time. I do these once a week to start, then I space them out further apart as we get into other types of problem solving. In every classroom there should be a good balance between solving problems as an individual and solving problems as a group.
In this Resource:
1. Teacher preparation instructions
2. Classroom preparation instructions
3. Fishbowl graphic organizer
4. Answer key
5. Pretest to level student abilities to problem solve
6. Student recording sheet
7. Student reflection and goal setting sheet
8. 20 problems (5 at each level)
* Check out the preview to see how it all works and to try a level one problem.
* Warning, level four problems are SERIOUSLY complex!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 5.00Presidential Birthday Statisticians: Analyze and Interpret Data (Grades 35)
In this math project your student has been commissioned to be a statistician for a very important government official. A special day is coming where our country will be honoring our past (and present) presidents.
The person looking to hire them would like some interesting data, facts and findings about the president’s birthdays and their ages when they took office. They’ll be using the information you present to them in part of a special ceremony that will be televised to the country.
This math project requires collecting data in an organized way from raw data that is given to the student. Students love to analyze birthdays, so why not make it educational with the Presidents of the United States? I use it during the month of February, which typically is the celebration of Presidents' Day.
Everything you'll need is included in this project, except for poster paper at the end. My students use 11 x 17 paper for their poster, but you can use any size you'd like.
Included in this resource:
1. An instruction page to the student.
2. Raw data on the birthdays and ages the U.S. Presidents took office. (As of February 2014)
3. Eleven problems to work through in the process including:
* Determining the ages of past presidents if they were still alive
* Collecting data on birth dates by century
* A pie chart template for inputing the century data
* A table for collecting data on the months that the presidents were born,
* A bar graph template for inputing the month data
* Collecting data on the year each president took office
* 4 questions to find the mean, median, mode and range of the age data
* A guidelines/prewrite sheet for creating the poster at the end.
4. Answer keys for the problems.
Note: Hints are given to help students calculate percentage, mean, median, and mode.
This challenge is appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders. They could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 3.00Open Ended Math Journal: 125 Prompts to Promote Differentiation (Grades 34)
Open ended problems encourage students to think outside the box, find multiple answers, and to challenge themselves. I've used these prompts for years to promote math talk in the classroom, and finally put them all together into a large document, organized by the math strands. There are 125 prompts (25 in each strand) for a years worth of work! The prompts have been aligned to the third and fourth grade Common Core State Standards in the table of contents.
The strands covered include:
* Number and Operations
* Geometry
* Measurement
* Algebra
* Data Analysis and Probability
1. What is open ended math journaling?
Math journaling is a great way to get students to write to explain their thinking. Each entry in the journal is an open ended question, focused on a specific strand of mathematics.
Open ended questions are used to help students explain their thinking, meaning that more than one answer could work. That is why this type of math journaling is perfect for differentiating in your classroom.
It is very important to encourage multiple answers, and to expect students to challenge themselves with their thinking. When you build in share time, this happens naturally.
2. How and when should I use this journal?
There are many ways that you could use this type of activity as a(n):
center activity.
writing lesson for making bullets, lists or to work on the trait of organization.
early finisher activity.
math lesson warm ups.
math talk exercise (building in share time can be very powerful).
formative assessment.
small group work for guided math.
homework for students to share with parents/family members
There are so many ways to use this activity, especially since it differentiates so naturally!
3. Tips for preparing the journal:
I like to print this entire book back to back and then bind it. That way the students can use it all year, and it will be in a more durable format so that students can flip through it. If this is not possible, you could always print them as you need them. All of the pages have one problem on them with workspace underneath it so that students feel compelled to write and/or draw freely!
The prompts could also be projected for the entire class to see.
I have also written the prompt on an easel page (as a center) to encourage students to solve it, and record their thinking to promote math talk in the classroom.
In the preview, you can see sample problems in each strand!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 10.00 $ 8.00Open Ended Word Problem: Complex, MultiStep Challenge (Grade 35)
In Doggy Dilemma, students are finally allowed to get a dog! They can choose from three dogs and then must create a dog pen for the backyard. They will calculate the area and perimeter as well as the cost of the project.
Why work on open ended problems?
If you've been paying attention to the assessments that are following the Common Core State Standards, then you know that we need to raise rigor in our classrooms when it comes to problem solving. These problems will help prepare students for performance task assessments.
What is an open ended problem?
An open ended problem (sometimes called a performance task) is a full page (or more) of reading to help students practice reading for understanding in math problems. The problems are open ended, meaning that students can come to more than one answer. The problems are deep, multistep and require perseverance. You will notice that the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within the problem. Some of my problems also include writing, like this one.
What age group is this most appropriate for?
This challenge is appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders.
How and when do you use this problem type in class?
It could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups. Each problem most likely will take more than one class period to complete. When I did this problem it took me 30 minutes and I should admit that I was rushing!
The first time I did an open ended problem with my third graders, we did it together as a whole group. We went through it and talked about the complexity, did a close reading of it and then attempted another one on our own after that. You know your class best!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Reading, Writing & Math Unit Study (Grades 35)
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an environmental problem in the Pacific Ocean. Discovered in 1997, it is still a largely unknown problem to the general public.
In this inquiry project students read and learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch using information text (provided), write persuasive letters, and solve conservation math problems. It ends with a water pollution science inquiry experiment. It is perfect for Earth Day, but it can also be done any time of year.
A Reading Focus:
This is a mini informational text reading unit that focuses on the reading strategies of questioning, predicting, activating prior knowledge, and synthesizing. The purpose is for students to think using informational text features. There is a two page informational text about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch included in this resource.
A Writing Focus:
This is a mini opinion/persuasive letter writing unit. The purpose is for students to think about who they could write to, and to communicate what they’ve learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There is a graphic organizer, weak and strong sample letters, and a list of mini lessons to help you with this mini unit. The rubric attached focuses on three skills for the final letter.
A Math Focus:
There are 4 word problems to help students think about what they can do to conserve and discourage pollution. These problems are tiered and become more difficult, with the last problem being the most challenging.
A Science Focus:
The project ends with a water pollution experiment that is inquiry based. Students try to clean a basin of water with "pollutants" in it, using clean up utensils that you provide. The utensils are marked with different costs, forcing them to think about cost effective clean up. They extend their thinking by connecting it to how difficult the ocean is to clean up.
Included in this resource:
1. Unit introduction and detailed descriptions/lessons
2. Three learning targets for Readers Workshop
3. Threesix learning targets for Writers Workshop
4. Four deep math problems, ranging in difficulty to help you differentiate. (Includes two open ended problems.)
5. Reading is Thinking graphic organizer
6. A two page informational text with titles, headings, text boxes, photos, captions, graphs and a mini glossary. Titled: A Garbage Dump in the Ocean
7. Two letters, a weak and strong sample
8. Brainstorming: Thinking About my Audience graphic organizer
9. Answer key to math problems.
10. Marzano Scale for Level of Understanding
11. Writing rubric to score paper, for both student and teacher.
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.
I hope you can celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful way with this project!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Subject: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
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Status: Active$ 4.00Fit: A Multiplication Strategy Game Using Arrays (Grades 25)
As soon as I introduced this game, fit mania has ensued in my classroom! The students LOVE to play this array game because it makes learning multiplication super fun.
In this game the student multiplies the array of each piece they lay down. (Example: a 2 x 4 piece is written on the recording sheet as 2 x 4 = 8.) They can only lay down a piece by connecting corners, which makes it challenging to fit as many pieces as they can. In the end there is a good amount of addition of multiple numbers that is required to determine the winner.
There is a challenge mode included where the students multiply the two blocks together (and in some cases three blocks where the corners touch). This is more appropriate for the practice of facts, as well as for multiplying two or more numbers together.
This resource includes:
1. Introduction, and game set up tips
2. Recording sheet
3. Regulation mode instructions
4. Challenge mode instructions
(In order to have a fit tournament during recess, I had students bring in their own 16 x 16 base platforms to get multiple games going. It was great fun!)By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeStrategy for Math Fact Strugglers: Incremental Rehearsal (Grades 16)
This is a routine that I have used to help students master math facts. I use this for students that are struggling below grade level expectations. I teach math fact strategies for the group of facts, and then I follow up with this strategy. If you feel like you cannot connect 1 to 1 with a student, I've had success with parent volunteers. If all else fails, you could also send this home with a parent in a plastic baggie. The document included is a simple instruction page, that is all that is included with this free resource.
By the end of:
Kindergarten  Sums and Differences to 5
1st Grade  Sums and Differences to 10
2nd Grade  Sums and Differences to 20
3rd Grade  Multiplication and Division within 100
This is a way to build on known facts to develop confidence and burn it into their memory.
* Again: It is VERY important to teach math fact strategies first. This method is often used for students with learning difficulties.
* Adapted from Burns, M. K. (2005). The method attached decreases the number of facts used for younger learners.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeNumber of The Day: Formative Assessment  Expanded Form, Place Value & Word Name
I used this for my third graders, but it could be used also for anyone who needs additional work with composing and decomposing numbers. I print them back to back so that I can have an on level number and a challenge level.
After the students fill it in, you can quickly find out who still needs work with which concept. I formed small groups and met with them during our intervention and enrichment block.
This could also be a review activity, used for note taking or it could be a simple morning seat work exercise.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeMarzano's Levels of Understanding (04 Point Scale) Poster and Rubric
Each day in class we have a learning target. In order for the learning target to be meaningful to students, they must interact with it. My plan this year (for every learning target) is to have students rate themselves at the beginning of the lesson and again at the end.
In this resource you will find a landscape version of the 4 point scale that can be printed and enlarged to put on the wall to help this process. I plan to cut out each box, post it on the wall and put grahics underneath.
At the end of this download you'll notice a rubric where the student can put their name and the learning target. There is also a scale that is all on one page with a place for comments. This is so that you can check in on essential skills or benchmarks periodically throughout the school year. I might even have the student rate themselves in pencil, and I might do my rating in pen. I'll add comments and feedback below.
Marzano's levels of understanding have been around for a long time, I hope this resource could help us all embed it into our classroom language.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Subject: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts/Music, Computer Technology, Parents/Home Schooler
Level(s): Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Status: ActiveFreeMath Attitude and Interest Survey for Elementary Students (Grades 25)
I use this survey at the start of the school year to discover my student's attitudes about math. The language is appropriate for the early to late elementary student. They reflect on their feelings about math by choosing to agree or disagree with a little over a dozen statements. This gives me a quick snapshot early on to know how to reach those students who may have a negative attitude about math.
I also give this survey at the end of the year so that they can see how much they've grown. I keep the original survey so that they can compare at the end of the year. The students always find something interesting!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeBring Your Own Device Policy for Elementary Students (Parents sign and return!)
Our district has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy for all grade levels. I was excited to try it out with third grade (especially in math), so I created this policy. I will say that it was a HUGE success! The policy was cocreated by me and my students, so there was tons of student input into it as well.
This document is a Microsoft Word Document so that you can edit it to your liking. If you have any problems with the download, please contact me right away and I'll get it to you another way.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeBook Order Proposal: Real Life Problem Solving for Classroom Library
Project based learning in math can be very motivating for students. Using projects will help students learn the concepts deeply, especially when those projects are real world!
Each learning target is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Standards for Mathematical Practice are heavily stressed in these lessons!
The concept covered is calculating money in this quick project with a highly motivating task. This project can be completed in 3 to 5 days. Students are asked to submit a book order proposal for the class. If you offer to pay between $20 and $50 to order books for the classroom library it feels even more real world to them. I typically use bonus points to offset the cost.
This lesson contains three learning objectives, formative assessment, checklists and full explanations of how to run the project. This is a great lesson for someone just starting out with project based learning, or for new teachers who are interested in this type of learning style.
It includes:
1. Detailed instructions for running the project
2. Book Order Proposal Form
3. Checklist for Approval (peer or teacher evaluated)
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.
This lesson could be used in the beginning of a school year, for GATE students only or as a full classroom project. It is a unit that differentiates naturally for different learners.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: ActiveFreeProblem Solving Helping Cards: Question Cards to Help and Promote Deep Thinking
Problem solving is a complex process, students need many strategies to get help with what can be an overwhelming task. As teachers of literacy, we help students constantly solve words and filter through different language components with all kinds of strategies. Why not provide the same types of strategies for math? These question/helping cards will help students through three stages of the problem solving process. They are for students of all ability levels, since even gifted students can to struggle with communicating their thinking and reasoning.
Cards can be printed on colorful paper, (red/pink, yellow and green is suggested), laminated, and put on a ring. They can be next to students as they begin a problem to help them along. If cards are different colors they can easily flip to the color of the card they need to get question prompts. The cards are split into three "levels".
1. Understanding the Problem (red/pink)
2. Making and Carrying out a Plan (yellow)
3. Checking the Answer (green)
These cards are written in student friendly language and can be used for any grade level where students are able to read. I have used them with 3rd and 4th graders. I generally give a set to every student in the class, and we talk about which prompting cards helped as we work through the problem as a class.
This resource includes:
1. 32 question cards (split into 3 sections)
2. A week's worth of practice problems (five of them on half sheets to save you some paper) The sample problems are comparative and are appropriate for third/fourth graders.
3. Answer key for the practice problems
4. Suggestions for set up, and instructions for how to use the cards
Please see the preview for a sampling of a few of the cards, as well as the TV Zombies problem. :)By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 3.00Hands On Map Skills: Cross Curricular Project to Teach Map Skills (Grades 24)
Tired of using worksheets to teach map skills? I used worksheets for years but something didn't feel right. I knew my students weren't learning map skills deeply when I was teaching this way. That was when the Hands on Map Skills project was born!
This is a social studies project that has crosscurricular connections to reading and math. In this project students use real maps to study their important features, all while refining their map skills. Then they get the chance to put all of this knowledge together as they create their own local map of a community, as well as a collaborative world map.
All of my projects start out with several days of structured lessons where students acquire the knowledge needed to work on their own. This lessens anxiety when students aren't sure what to do, because they can look back at notes to see what they previously learned. The project is awesome for those students in your class who need a challenge, as the jobs for the collaborative map are differentiated in difficulty.
Concepts covered in Social Studies: continents, oceans, countries, states/regions, local communities, urban, suburban, rural, transportation, geographical features (landforms), population, climate, equator, prime meridian, key, compass rose.
Concepts covered in Math: rounding/estimation and division.
Included in this resource:
1. Supply list (full list is in the preview)
2. Detailed lesson plans for social studies and math with photos, learning targets and instructions for how to use the formative assessments.
3. A Continents and Oceans pre/post test.
4. Note taking page with Marzano scale
5. Zooming Into My Community formative assessment (with answer key)
6. Important Map Features matching formative assessment.
7. Checklist (rubric) for students to design their own map.
8. Sample photos of student made local community maps.
9. Suggested book title list for guided reading or read alouds.
10. Task cards for the large collaborative map.
11. Teacher observation/recording sheet.
12. "Slap that Continent" game instructions.
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment and feedback often.
Teaching map skills will be fun for both you and your students!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 5.00Problem Solving Bundle (20% savings!) Grades 35
Save $3 by buying these three resources together in this problem solving bundle. You can buy them all separate, or save by purchasing all three at once:
* Guide to Introducing Standards for Math Practice to Your Students (Grades 35) (Bestseller!)
* Open Ended Word Problems: Complex, MultiStep Challenges (Grade 35) (Bestseller!)
* Word Problems for Multiplication and Division: 9 Problem Types (Grades 34)
I use all three of these together in my own third grade classroom.
1. First I introduce the math practice standards. The guide has step by step instructions to help young problem solvers understand what those standards mean.
2. Then, once we've worked through those, we use the practice problems as we begin learning about multiplication and division. The practice problems have an assessment system built in so that you can target instruction. *The problem types are most appropriate for third grade, but could be used for struggling fourth/fifth graders.*
3. The open ended problems are used more sparingly, when students need a challenge, with parent groups and also as whole class problem solving. The open ended problems are great for preparing students for the rigor of the upcoming Common Core assessments.
Giving 20 minutes daily for problem solving in the math block, along with purposeful planning will get students thinking, working and problem solving in creative and amazing ways! There are 105 unique problems in the entire bundle.
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Status: Active$ 10.00On Stage! Holiday Concert Planning Performance Task (Grades 35)
By some miracle, the student solving this problem has become the music program director! They are charged with planning the entire holiday program for the classroom. They will need to determine the number of tickets needed, what food and drink to serve, how to set up the risers, tables and chairs, and design the invitations and programs.
There are 6 indepth problems within this gigantic problem (each step is it's own problem) walking the student through what they need to do.
The problems integrate math, reading and writing. It is challenging, open ended, and is a perfect way to practice performance tasks. Everything you need for the problem is included.
The preview contains a peek at what type of thinking they will be doing during the problem.
Each section is about a full page (or more) of reading to help students practice reading for understanding in math problems. The problems are open ended, meaning that students can come to more than one answer. The problems are deep, multistep and require perseverance. You will notice that the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within these performance tasks.
These challenges are appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders. They could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups. Each problem most likely will take more than one class period to complete.
The problem steps and their curricular area of focus:
1. Ticketing: organization and design, number and operations, calculating money, writing (grammar)
2. Invitation Design: measurement measurement, organization and design, critical thinking, applied math
3. Set it Up!: critical thinking, area, multiplication, labeling
4. The Song Line Up: elapsed time, calculating/adding decimal numbers
5. Feed Me!: measurement conversion, calculating money/adding decimal numbers, critical thinking, applied math
6. The Program is the Key: organization and design, writing (grammar)
A rubric for scoring each of the problems is at the end of the set. A checklist is also included (see the preview) to help assess the skills at each level of the problem.
All of the problems require reading for understanding as well as writing to explain their thinking. They are challenging and fun!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 3.00The Float Challenge: STEM Activity Using Metric Grams (Grade 35)
This seven page math project explains how to set up a fun and motivating Float Challenge for your students. The Float Challenge is designed to help students understand what a metric gram feels like. It is also a relatively inexpensive project, especially if you have metric mass weights.
Measurement is very abstract for young students. The amount of vocabulary that is embedded in the measurement Common Core State Standards is staggering. Along with most things in math, students need to see it, use it, or touch it in the real world to connect to these words. In this unit you give a mini lesson on grams, then ask students to build a flotation device to hold an amount of weight they specify. There is a competition/betting part to the lesson, which will definitely turn up the excitement!
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.
This lesson is one day and contains one learning objective. It is aligned to the Common Core as well. It also touches on several of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. There is a step by step walkthrough with photos to help explain the challenge. There is a formative assessment included for the end of the lesson to assess which students need further instruction.
This math project could be used in the beginning of a school year (on the first day of school!), or as a full classroom project. It is a unit that differentiates naturally for different learners.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Status: Active$ 1.25Find Me a Home! Housing Market Analysis Math Project (Grades 35)
It's time to find the Real Estate Agents in your classroom! This 16 page math project explains how to set up and structure a deep problem solving activity. In this math project students compare homes to choose the best one for you. It is a low cost, high tech activity (some components can be paper). It weaves in math with social studies (mapping skills) and writing (presentation skills).
This math project has been used for a small group of GATE 3rd graders, and a whole class of 4th graders. It could be a review in the beginning of the year for 5th graders.
This math project unit is intended for math when studying number and operations. It deals specifically with comparing numbers in the hundred thousands. It covers many of the common core state standards, especially the math practice standards. This math project can run for several weeks if it is done in the background (if students finish work early) or several days if time in class is given daily.
This project is also heavy in technology. Students will often teach each other how to use this technology. Specifically:
• navigation of websites
• use of mapping sites (this is great for teaching map skills also)
• copying and pasting text using shortcuts
• making tables in word processing software
• saving and opening documents
• use of presentation software to communicate thinking
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.
This math project has 5 structured days with a step by step walkthrough with photos to help explain the project. These five days set up students to work independently on the rest of the days of the project. It is a unit that differentiates naturally for different learners.
This unit includes:
1. Structured lessons with instructions
2. A help sheet for students with detailed explanations
3. A comparison chart/table
4. Presentation guidelines sheet for students
5. A checklist/rubric formative assessment*
6. A class record form for note taking
* The formative assessment could also be used as summative.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Subject: Math
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
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Status: Active$ 3.00Party Planning Awesomeness Math Project: Plan and Throw a Party (Grades 35)
This is a chance for students to plan their dream party! Using the attached budget sheet, flyers from the grocery store and a little cash upfront from you (or from your students), students create the best party that they can with the limitations they have.
In this motivating problemsolving math project, students brainstorm their ideas, research and plan the costs involved with planning a party, create a poster of their ideal party, and then vote on the best one in the class. The student who wins must throw the party! I will often schedule this project so that it coincides with one of our typical party days: Fall Party, Winter Party or that day before Spring Break.
The math project is planned out step by step for 3 class periods, and then they work independently to make a party proposal. Depending on the level of your students, the independent time could take 12 weeks. The project differentiates naturally. Gifted students will add considerable detail into their event, while students who struggle can work with you in small groups to create a more manageable plan. This math project also tests the perseverance of your students and precision of their work. This project is aligned to the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.
This math project includes:
1. Structured lessons with instructions and photos of the project
2. A one page student project sheet to promote reading in math
3. Brainstorming graphic organizer
4. Budget and supply list organizer
5. Exit slips as a formative assessment
6. Reflection sheet for the end of the project
7. Rubric for assessing final project
This is a great math project to really embed those Standards for Mathematical Practice into your classroom.
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Type: Activities, Lesson Plan
Subject: Math
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
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Status: Active$ 3.00Open Ended Word Problems  Set 2: Complex, MultiStep Challenges (Grade 35)
This is my second set of Open Ended Word Problems. These problems will help prepare students for performance task assessments that are coming down the road with standardized testing.
The preview contains a free sample of one of the problems, Sleepover Shenanigans. It took me 35 minutes to solve that problem!
If you've been paying attention to the assessments that are following the Common Core State Standards, then you know that we need to raise rigor in our classrooms when it comes to problem solving.
Each of these seven problems is about a full page (or more) of reading to help students practice reading for understanding in math problems. The problems are open ended, meaning that students can come to more than one answer. The problems are deep, multistep and require perseverance. You will notice that the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within these problems.
These challenges are appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders. They could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups. Each problem most likely will take more than one class period to complete.
The problems and their curricular area of focus:
1. Making Money: conversion of time and money, calculating money/adding decimal numbers
2. Find Your Seat: measurement and area
3. Which Pet to Get?: calculating money/adding decimal numbers, conversion of money
4. Sleepover Shenanigans: elapsed time, calculating money/adding decimal numbers
5. Playground Padding: measurement conversion, area, calculating money/adding decimal numbers
6. Family Reunion Room Assignments: a number sense and logic puzzle
7. Chess Club Wins: number sense and graphing
A rubric for scoring each of the problems is at the end of the set.
All of the problems require reading for understanding as well as writing to explain their thinking. (For example Playground Padding asks the students to write a letter with their final decision.) They are challenging and fun!By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Level(s): 3, 4, 5
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Status: Active$ 3.50Word Problems for Multiplication and Division: 9 Problem Types (Grades 34)
Incorporate problem solving into your math block with 90 practice word problems that are based on CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) problem types. These multiplication and division problem types are in the Common Core State Standards and include:
1: Equal Groups – Unknown Product
2: Equal Groups – Group Size Unknown (PD)
3: Equal Groups – Number of Groups Unknown (MD)
4: Arrays of Objects – Unknown Product
5: Arrays of Objects – Unknown Factor A
6: Arrays of Objects – Unknown Factor B
7: Arrays of Objects (Using Columns/Rows Language)  Unknown Product
8: Arrays of Objects (Using Columns/Rows Language)  Unknown Factor A
9: Arrays of Objects (Using Columns/Rows Language)  Unknown Factor B
In this set you will find 10 word problems of each of the above types. That makes 90 word problems total. I use the first and last problem as a pre and post test to measure student growth, as well as to differentiate instruction. Instructions for how to do this are included!
The problems are real world, are easy for students to relate to, and are kept simple on purpose. They are meant to introduce students to the concepts of multiplication and division, using vocabulary to help them use manipulatives and visualize strategies. It allows for ample practice opportunities, and embeds math fact learning within the problems.
This resource includes:
1. Introduction
2. Table of contents for easy navigation between problem types
3. 90 word problems in three formats: two per page for easy printing as a booklet, several on a page for cutting and pasting into math journals, and full page problems to allow space for the use of hands on materials.
4. Data gathering template (contact info to be emailed an Excel template)
5. Tips for teaching the word problems to students
6. Answer key with check box to track which problems you have done (if you aren't doing them in order)
While the word problems are quite simple, they can still be challenging for students when they are first introduced to multiplication and division, and especially for students that struggle with learning these concepts. The problems are appropriate for third graders (and perhaps struggling fourth graders). Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a research based way of teaching problem solving.
I use these daily for about a week. Then I introduce an open ended word problem that is much more difficult, complex and includes many steps. The open ended problems will often use multiplication or division AND include other concepts (fractions, decimals, area, perimeter) to challenge my students in other ways.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
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Type: Activities, Lesson Plan
Subject: Math
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
Product Usability: New
Status: Active$ 5.00The Wind Powered Car: Cross Curricular STEM Project (Grades 35)
This is an exciting STEM project that spans several days (depending how you'd like to structure it, you could fit it in for two full school days up to a week). This unit is cross curricular, with structured lesson and learning targets in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. It is aligned to the CCSS for third and fourth grade. It is perfect for introducing a short project at the start of a school year, or for Earth Day!
These lessons can been used for a whole class of 3rd or 4th graders (there are MANY common core state standards for area in third AND fourth grade), or as a reinforcing/review project for 5th graders.
Concepts covered:
Reading: asking and answering questions
Writing: "howto" informational writing
Math: measurement & data
Science: engineering and alternative energy
Students will read and learn about alternative energy, design and build their own prototype of a windpowered car, generate measure data, draw line plots graphs of those measurements, and write a “howto” for building it.
Included in this unit plan:
1. Structured lessons in reading, writing, science and math with detailed instructions
2. Prototype planning sheet
3. Supply list
4. Exit slips as a formative assessment
7. Reflection sheet for the end of the project
8. Wind energy fact sheet
9. Sample line plot graph
This is a great project to really embed those Standards for Mathematical Practice into your classroom.
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
Digital
Type: Activities, Lesson Plan
Subject: Math
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
Product Usability: New
Status: Active$ 3.00Guide to Introducing Standards for Math Practice to Your Students (Grades 35)
In this resource, the Standards for Mathematical Practice are broken down so that elementary students can understand and use them. This guide will walk you through all of the standards, including how to create a classroom community of problem solvers. Part of creating this community involves students writing goals, solving sample problems, discussion and explanations of those problems, feedback from the teacher and peers and revisiting goals.
In these 8 lessons, I have outlined:
1. The standard in adult language, and a basic breakdown of what it means.
2. The standard in kid friendly language
3. A detailed lesson of how to introduce the standard to your class.
4. A sample problem to work through individually, and then together as a class.
5. A poster/anchor chart of the math practice standard in kid friendly language that you can post with a sample of student work.
The preview is the introduction to the lessons, as well as an entire lesson for the first standard. I hope you'll take a look!
I have spent a lot of time researching these standards, as I felt the students in my classroom were really struggling with problem solving. After implementing this unit of study, we began to intentionally use this language as we discussed problem solving and saw great improvement.
This is ideal for the beginning of the school year, however it can be done at any time to help students become amazing mathematicians!
All of my lessons and units are in the format of Jane Pollock’s GANAG method. This standards based lesson schema is for 21st century learners. This method is used to help teachers use a structure in their lessons that will give great results using formative assessment often.
By Beyond Traditional MathProduct Type:
Digital
Type: Activities, Lesson Plan
Subject: Math
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
Product Usability: New
Status: Active$ 5.00Open Ended Word Problems: Complex Multistep Challenges (Grades 35)
If you've been paying attention to the assessments that are following the Common Core State Standards, then you know that we need to raise rigor in our classrooms when it comes to problem solving. These problems will help prepare students for performance task assessments.
Each of these seven problems is a full page (or more) of reading to help students practice reading for understanding in math problems. The problems are open ended, meaning that students can come to more than one answer. The problems are deep, multistep and require perseverance. You will notice that the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within these problems.
These challenges are appropriate for end of the year 3rd grade (or gifted 3rd graders anytime), 4th grade and possibly for struggling 5th graders. They could be used as an assessment, a partner activity, for small group work, as work for students who have finished assignments early or for gifted and talented small groups. Each problem most likely will take more than one class period to complete.
The problems and their curricular area of focus:
1. The Museum Trip: calculating money/adding decimal numbers
2. The Worst Trip to School: time and graphing
3. It's Planting Time: calculating money/adding decimal numbers and fractions
4. The Cookie Problem: elapsed time, arrays and multiplication concepts
5. The Perfect School Day: elapsed time
6. The Candy Craze: number sense and graphing
7. Splitting Kids: division concepts
A rubric for scoring each of the problems is at the end of the set.
All of the problems require reading for understanding as well as writing to explain their thinking. I personally tried to solve each of these, and each one took me at least 3040 minutes.
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Subject: Math
Level(s): 3, 4, 5
Product Usability: New
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I have 8 years of experience in education. I LOVE to teach math, especially finding ways to help students connect math to the real world. I believe in fostering deep conceptual knowledge with real world projects and rigorous problem solving.
February 03 , 2014 at 08:04 pm