I love Wednesdays because it is hump day, my two older boys spend two hours at church and I can get some things done, and it is Ideas by Jivey's Workshop Wednesday linky party!
My math instruction usually includes some form of cooperative learning structure, however, this year's group often cannot handle the non-teacher directed activities. If I do use them they are normally whole-class and I am giving the directions the entire time. My students struggle with allowing another classmate give directions.
Today I did have my students work in pairs to review comparing decimals and to introduce ordering decimals. I am very fortunate to have inherited math games and manipulatives from our Media Specialist; she left the classroom several years ago to become our librarian. She used to teach fourth grade and passed down her box of fraction, decimals, multiplication, division, and measurement games. Fortunately for me she is a bit OCD and every set of cards or game is color coded and organized.
The games and cards are from old Mailbox magazines and other teaching resources. The picture above shows the ones we used today.
To review comparing decimals students played "Decimal War". Some really got into it and were slapping down cards as fast as they could. Others needed a quick lesson on how to play "War", kids these days :)
We used another set of cards to order decimals least to greatest. There were some good discussions and reasoning going on in some of the pairs.
Next, year I will not have this type of cluster class and I am looking forward to trying out a form of Math Workshop. I would like to have centers where students are engaged in a spiral review throughout the year.
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