So moving on from my post from yesterday...

Goal #2

Now that I have an idea of where my students are in terms of their math abilities, and their feelings about math, my next step is to get them thinking about math and how it relates to them. I do this in a very easy way...we talk about numbers! Shocking, I know!

The activity I am about to describe can be done at any grade...it's that simple!

{Psssssst - If you make it to the end of this post there is a giveaway...so keep reading!}

I strongly believe that the key to engaging your students in math class is to help them make real life connections to what they are learning. This activity not only assists in making real life connections, but also

**personal**ones.

Before
I do this activity, we have a class discussion about how math is all around us
and ways that we use math every day. I pose the question, “Do you think numbers
are important?” Most say yes. Then, “Do you think numbers are important to

**you**?” Most think about this one!
I then place the above on the overhead and inform my students
that these numbers are important to me for different reasons. I then turn it into a guessing game where they have to try and determine the numbers significance. I usually offer prizes for correct guesses.

Once the students have guessed
all my numbers I have them complete the same activity using numbers that are personal to them.How you choose for your students to present their numbers is up to you. In my classroom (grade 8), it is the first page in their math scrapbooks, but I think it would also make a great poster in the lower grades.

Once they are done, I give the students time to pick a partner and guess each other's numbers. They always have a great time guessing!

*Just a heads up...because I was caught off guard one year...there is usually one student who doesn't have a partner, so I end up guessing their numbers just so they don't feel left out. One year, I couldn't for the life of me figure out what this one boy's number signified. Turned out to be the year his dad left...I didn't know what to say, so I told him I understood why that number would stick with him. Now when I do this activity I might mention the fact that numbers are capable of bringing back memories, good and bad.*

Here are some finished samples.

(some students choose to incoporate pictures within their numbers as hints)

OK, I promised you a giveaway, so here it is.

If anyone is able to guess any of my personal numbers from above, I will send you a copy of my "Number of the day" for FREE. Put your guess in the comments, along with your email. One guess per person please.

HINT - it may be helpful if you download your free copy of the activity here.

Stay tuned for Goal #3 tomorrow.

Kim

14 is how many years you've been married?

ReplyDeleteNope. I've only been married 8. Feel free to guess another number.

Delete2011: the year your son was born :)

ReplyDeleteannalisekitchen@gmail.com

Yep! Check your email!

Delete2011 graduated from college? ljljones58@gmail.com

ReplyDeleteNope, I graduated from university in 2005.

DeleteThanks for guessing.

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ReplyDeleteI bet your shoe size is 8-1/2

ReplyDeleteSarah

Correct! I am always surprised how long it takes the kids to guess that one.

DeleteCheck your email!

Kim

7 - the grade level you taught your first year teaching.

ReplyDeleteKathy R

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