By Mary Montero
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I’m just popping in to share a couple little things we’ve done this week!
With my “big” kids, we have been working on classifying triangles as well as perimeter and area of polygons.
Classifying Triangles Anchor Chart
We only spent a day reviewing the types of triangles, and my students made the most creative pictures using each type of triangle. They LOVED doing this, and I had some kids take theirs home (and I haven’t gotten them back yet) because they wanted to add so much detail, and we just didn’t have time. They did have to label each of their triangles.
Types of Triangles Activity
With my younger kids (advanced 3rd graders), I am preparing them for advanced 4th grade, which is essentially going to be working on the 5th grade standards. The past few weeks, we have been working on long division. We are just about done, and I wanted a great way to wrap up. I came across Laura Candler’s fabulous Moving Remainders game! It’s free, and my students loved it.
It’s easy to explain, super speedy prep, and you don’t need many materials. You just need the game board, two dice, and two markers to keep track of where each player is. The students roll the dice, find the sum of the two numbers, then divide the number shown on the game board by the sum of the dice (the numbers get increasingly higher as they move through the board). The student whose turn it is solves the problem (we did it on whiteboards, and I had BOTH students solve it to make sure the answers matched and they were always doing math) and whatever the remainder is tells how many spaces they get to move. SO clever, and SUCH fun!
You can download this Moving Remainders freebie from Laura (and MANY others in her freebie file cabinet) HERE.
We are continuing to work on area and perimeter, and we just started reading The Phantom Tollbooth! Some of my favorite things to teach are coming up. 🙂
Happy Hump Day!
I’m so glad you are here. I’m a current gifted and talented teacher in a small town in Colorado, and I’ve been in education since 2009. My passion (other than my family and cookies) is for making teachers’ lives easier and classrooms more engaging.