# Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

### Instructional Resources for MATH WORKSHOP

## April 14, 2015

I loved this article about Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn! It has great connections for our math workshops.

Have a wonderful vacation!

Shelly

## Using Padlet in Math Workshop

I am excited to use this website with a group of fourth graders working on algebra after vacation. They are working on solving word problems using order of operations, so my plan is to have them show their solutions to problems on Padlet so that we can learn from one another.

I plan to give them the link to this problem on my Padlet and ask them to show their solutions. Each student will create a box with his or her name and then display their solution to the problem. Solutions can be created on Educreations or using paper and pencil first. Then students can take a picture of their work on their iPads and upload it onto the Padlet. I am excited to see how this works as a way for students to see the thinking of their classmates! Check back to the link after vacation to see how it goes. If you would like to try this in your own classroom, let me know!

I got the idea for using Padlet in math workshop from Franki Sibberson's blog.

Here's the link where she showed how she used Padlet in her third grade math workshop.

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2015/02/math-monday-padlet.htmlI've also used Padlet during read aloud for students to share their thoughts about a character or event in the book. There are many possibilities for using this site in your classroom!

## Looking for Math Tasks?

You can search for tasks by grade level, cluster or by individual standard on this website. Steph and I are working to create a binder of these tasks for you in the teachers' room as a collection of instructional and assessment tasks.

The best way to search for tasks on this site is to click on your grade level on the bar at the top of the page. For each grade level, you can drill down by selecting the content strand (geometry, fractions, etc.), you are working on.

You can search for tasks on this site by grade level, concept, mathematical practices, or math topic.

Formative Assessment Tasks for Grades 3-5 Shared by Karen Mayo

You can search for tasks on this site by grade level. On each grade level page, they have grouped tasks by cluster.

When you are looking for materials to supplement your lessons or for formative assessments, I would check out these sites!

## Read Alouds in Math Workshop

In this lively introduction to shapes and polygons, a bored triangle is turned into a quadrilateral after a visit to the shapeshifter. Delighted with his new career opportunities--as a TV screen and a picture frame--he decides the more angles the better, until an accident teaches him a lesson. ~ Summary from Goodreads | When Logan's class takes a trip to a math museum, his mischievous friend Benedict is sure it will be a boring day until he discovers a robot and its creator in an off-limits area. The robot proves feisty, and soon both boys get zapped. They realize only later that they left the museum without their math skills. To get back the knowledge they need for school not to mention buying food at the mall, divvying up dinner at home, and much more they'll have to get back to the museum and pass a series of math challenges. Being numbed will teach Logan and Benedict just how useful, and even fun, math can be. ~ Summary from Goodreads Sam's class loved solving equations and using their mathematical knowledge during this fun read aloud! | Here's a lesson idea from Math Reads for the book How Big Is It?. The lesson targets problem solving, measurement and the four operations. |

Sam's class loved solving equations and using their mathematical knowledge during this fun read aloud!

__How Big Is It?__. The lesson targets problem solving, measurement and the four operations.

## Math Games

## Math Blogs

Tracy Zager has a very detailed blog with ideas related to her upcoming book Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had. She lives in Maine and uses ideas from classrooms in Maine on her blog!