**Disclaimer: This post is based on my own personal interpretation as an elementary school teacher. I am not, nor have I ever been affiliated with Engage NY or Eureka Math.
Engage NY/Eureka math is a rigorous math curriculum aligned to the common core standards. The curriculum is well thought out and provides excellent guidance to ensure teachers understand what they need to do during each lesson. The modules are extremely detailed; in fact, there is so much good stuff in there that no one has time to read it all. So, my New Year’s resolution is to read the manuals and share what I’ve learned.
In the Understanding Engage NY Series, I’m going to break down the various components of the Engage NY math curriculum into quick, easy to read pieces. I’ll review kindergarten through fourth grade. Today, we’ll start with a very general overview of 4th grade and in the next few posts, I’ll dive into specifics of each part of an Engage NY math lesson.
As I was dreading the afternoons with my classes after testing, I knew I had to come up with a few creative ideas to keep the kiddos active, busy and engaged.
Testing week is a challenge as I teach math to the entire 4th grade, so during testing weeks, there are a few classes that I see every day, some that I might see only once or twice and there are even years when I don't see specific classes at all during that week, so regular teaching is out. I can't really plan lessons because I want everyone to stay on the same track.
Typically, I opt for review games and centers to keep to some sort of routine. Enter my TpT search. Was I ever glad I went looking because I found a phenomenal teacher-author!
Math in the Middle creates online review games that are super fun and keep the students engaged. I'm truly amazed at what some teachers create and would love to be a fly on the wall in their classrooms. I leave feeling inspired and I must admit, a little bit jealous of their talent! I'm so thankful that these creative souls share their products with us and I'm happy to pay $5 knowing it's going to another teacher and that my time with the kiddos will be fun and educational. Win-Win for everyone!
What are some of your favorite TpT finds?
I am a huge advocate for centers in the classroom.
Yes, they are hard to teach.
Yes, it takes a big chunk of time to teach procedures and to ensure that everyone will be on task when they are working independently or with a small group.
However, the growth that you will see in your kiddos is worth every minute you invest.
First, you're teaching them to be responsible for their own learning! How is that not awesome?
The thing with centers is that they have to be engaging.
You should monitor the centers for the first few weeks before you start pulling small groups, but make sure you're not engaging with the kiddos. You want them to be working on the task at hand, regardless of whether or not you are watching.
For math centers, I've found a few winners that I always include in my rotations.
Dominoes have become a staple in most primary classrooms. They build upon dice patterns and are often used to model decomposition of numbers, building student knowledge of addition facts. They are an excellent manipulative for primary students to use and these are some examples of how students might use dominoes in the math center.
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Now, I am in full agreement that a math teacher should have to pass a math test if they want to teach. However, did I mention I teach 4th GRADE?
Oh well. I began reviewing Khan Academy and I'm working with the teachers at my school to help me review and hopefully remember all of these wonderful terms. I know I can do it, I just have to remind myself of the math I learned all those years ago in high school.
Off to study!
Many of my kiddos have never had the pleasure of carving their own jack-o-lanterns and have hand no experience with the interior of a pumpkin at all. These small opportunities are invaluable in helping them think more broadly about the world around them. I remember one student last year had no idea you could dye Easter eggs. She simply thought they only came in plastic.
Halloween and pumpkin math is so versatile. I've seen activities including counting, sorting and graphing types of candy. We are working on measurement so we measured our pumpkins in both standard and non-standard units. The kids had a blast!
Elementary Teacher/ Teacherpreneur
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