Which One Doesn’t Belong – Day 10

Which One Doesn’t Belong is one of my favorite routines to use with students. Students choose which one they think does not belong from a group of images. The most important thing is that they explain why they believe that particular image does not belong. And anything goes. An example from the image above would be I think that the bottom right does not belong because it is the only one that is green. Students also need to be thoughtful that their explanation only works for that particular image. If I said that the bottom right was outlined in red, … Continue reading Which One Doesn’t Belong – Day 10

100 Chart Connect 4 – Day 9

This game is from Joe Schwartz’s Exit 10A. The goal of the game is score the most points by connecting four numbers (either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) on a 10 x 10 grid, or 100’s chart. The idea behind this game is that it helps younger students learn about patterns in the 100’s chart. For older students, there are a lot of strategies that can be used that makes this game interesting. Since I did not have any pictures of the game being played, I asked my high school sophomore to play with me. When I explained the rules, he … Continue reading 100 Chart Connect 4 – Day 9

1-4-5 Square Puzzle Challenge – Day 8

This puzzle, or challenge, is all about making squares. Sarah from Math = Love have adapted the original puzzle from a Netherlands brain teaser website where you use all five pieces to create a square. I love how she has scaffold this activity to allow students to build their stamina to figure out the original challenge. Know that if you do puzzles like this to remind students that finding the answer to the challenges could take days. We are still working on Challenge #3. Here’s her adaptation: Challenge #1 Can you make a square using only one piece? (I think … Continue reading 1-4-5 Square Puzzle Challenge – Day 8

Same or Different – Day 7

How are these pictures the same? How are these pictures different? This routine of same or different allows students to compare two things, looking for how they are similar and how they are different. Students start by thinking and studying this picture – noticing and wondering how these images are the same and how they are different. Then students share, verbalizing what the see being the same and different. Students learn how to share and talk about math in a way that is fun and engaging. They also see how different students see the world by listening to what they … Continue reading Same or Different – Day 7

5 x 5 Game from Sara Van Der Werf – Day 6

The 5 x 5 game from Sara Van Der Werf is great for any age. Using cards, student place numbers on a 5 x 5 grid. When numbers are adjacent, they can count those numbers for their score. Numbers can be adjacent either vertically or horizontally. The goal of the game is to get the highest total points. To see a better explanation of the rules, you can find them here. Every time that students have played this game, it takes at least two attempts before they start to strategize where to put the numbers. And students of all ages … Continue reading 5 x 5 Game from Sara Van Der Werf – Day 6

Solve Me Puzzles – Day 5

Puzzles are a great way to develop mathematical habits of mind and logical reasoning. SolveMe puzzles focuses on supporting algebraic and mathematical thinking in a fun way. With each of these puzzles, Mobiles, Who Am I?, and Mystery Grid, students are able to explore different ways to solve them using logic and reasoning. These puzzles allow students to track their progress in solving them. Mobiles Mobiles involve find the values of different shapes in a balance. Students learn how to use substitution, elimination, and other strategies to solve these problems in an informal way. By doing these problems, students are … Continue reading Solve Me Puzzles – Day 5

Noticing & Wondering – Day 4

Today’s activity is taken from Youcubed’s Week of Inspirational Math. It involves taking the structure of noticing and wondering and extending it into an activity. And I think everyone could enjoy this one. What do you notice? What do you wonder? Here are some other questions that Youcubed has included: What questions do you have? What information does this graph provide? Other questions might be which emoji is the least cute? Do you agree with that? Which emoji does this person like the most? How do you know that? Where would you put cat emojis? Why are the emojis with … Continue reading Noticing & Wondering – Day 4

Ultimate Tic Tac Toe – Day 3

Games are a great way to try different strategies and to practice skills. With most games, a variety of ages are able to play them. Today’s game goes back to an old favorite – tic tac toe and provides a twist that will engage kids, and adults. I have heard that it can be quite addicting too. For Ultimate Tic Tac Toe, there is another another layer of strategy added. Nine tic tac toe boards make up the larger tic tac toe board that you are trying to win. Here are the basic rules for Ultimate Tic Tac Toe: On … Continue reading Ultimate Tic Tac Toe – Day 3

Panda Puzzles – Day 2

Puzzles are a great way to explore different ideas and ways of thinking. For most puzzles, it takes quite a few attempts to find a solution. And for some puzzles, there is more than one solution. I love puzzles because everyone can try out their own idea to see if it works. How are puzzles related to math? Well, for many good problems that involve math, you need to make quite a few attempts to find a solution. And for many problems, there is more than one solution. All of these ways to thinking relate to the Standards of Mathematical … Continue reading Panda Puzzles – Day 2

Supporting Mathematical Thinking

Welcome to ways to support mathematical thinking during these uncertain times. I believe that one of the most important things that we can do is to encourage mathematical thinking. During this time at home, there are a lot of different ways to do that. I am hoping to share a few of them & hoping that you will share what you are seeing and learning. From these experiences, my hope is that you may change how you view math from a set of rules to a way of thinking. As a coach, I am finding that my work is changing. … Continue reading Supporting Mathematical Thinking