Monday, October 29, 2012

Chocolate Math

My class and I had a little Halloween fun last Friday by using chocolate in a math lesson. While they didn't get to eat the chocolate, I think they really enjoyed using Chocolate Math. What is Chocolate Math? It's a new Whole Brain Teaching component which uses a "chocolate bar" hundreds chart to prove answer to math problems with answers from 0-100. Below is a link to the webcast in which Chocolate Math is introduced. (It's near the end of the webcast.)

I started by providing simple examples Coach B. provided: 3+4=7 and 7-4=3. Next I used 3x7=21, which is a type of problem my students haven't learned yet, but through the chocolate hundreds chart they were able to understand. I even showed them a problem much like what we recently finished using 2-digit addition.

After those examples, each student received a word problem page, themed around chocolate of course! We completed some problems together and some independently for practice. The most exciting part was having the students create their own word problems! Then as a class, we even solved a couple of those student created problems.

Here are a few of the problems my students created themselves.

If you'd like a copy of the word problem sheet I made for this activity, check out my TPT store for your FREE Chocolate Math word problems sheet.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

SuperSpeed Math in Action!

Recently, my class has started using SuperSpeed Math to practice basic math facts. This Whole Brain Teaching game allows for fun and quick repetition of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts as well as fraction reduction for older students. An Ebook is available on the WBT website.

Here's a short video of my class in action!

As you can tell, I count down in between the turns so the students know they should be getting ready to take their 2nd turn. I have found this makes the recording and resetting time shorter. I also use a similar, just longer count when it is time for the partners to switch rolls, but it is not shown in the video clip.  Partners remind each other what row they start on, just so there is no confusion at the start of that turn.

You may notice I have one student not playing with a partner. Since I have an odd number of students, we play a 3rd round for that extra player. Some teachers will serve as the odd player's partner, but I like to walk around and check in on those playing instead. I arrange our playing time so that the others who have already played are making restroom trips or have other work to begin for those couple of minutes. My odd player can be seen practicing with her Sockless Hand Puppet during the other students' turns.

For more detailed information about SuperSpeed Math and for a free record keeping sheet, see my earlier post SuperSpeed Math or view the recent webcast linked below.

I'll be making a post about our class using Chocolate Math, which is introduced at the end of the SuperSpeed Math webcast, later this month!