Tried it Tuesday - Mastering Math Facts
Elementary AMC June 18, 2013
Well it is Tuesday and that can mean only one thing. Time to link up with the amazing Holly for her Tried it Tuesday linky party. Be sure to head over to her blog to check out all the great ideas being shared.
I was reading this post on Holly's blog (yes the hostess of this here linky) and she mentioned how she was going to be using Laura Candler's Classroom Book Clubs and how much she liked it. Then I received an email asking if I would like a free copy of Laura's Multiplication and Division Math book to review. So I obviously jumped at the chance.
Here is what I like so far:
*each activity clearly outlines the materials you need at the top, very easy to prep for
*there is similar activities/pages for the same concept so that I can use some this year and save some for next year
*there is an assessment page so that you can see what your students already know about multiplication and identify any misconceptions or gaps in their understanding
*there are tips called you got it "Laura's Tips" that have helpful information
*each lesson lists the Common Core Standards listed - even though I don't teach the CC, I can easily look them up and see what the lesson is addressing
*the lessons are sequential and build upon each other in a natural way
Here is what I love:
*she clearly states the importance of understanding multiplication and division - what they are, how to represent them BEFORE moving on to learning all the facts. This was a huge, HUGE area of debate in my math network this year, when do you move from the concept to just learning the facts. This program is set up so that students will have a strong foundation in understanding what multiplication is, how to represent it and a number of strategies to solve problems
*it is not all drill based, which a lot of multiplication books are - there are whole group lessons, games, problem solving activities etc
*I love how much my students are enjoying it. It is the end of the year and often we start to loose enthusiasm for actual work! I thought this would be the perfect program to use at the end of the year, hoping to catch a few kids and improve their multiplication knowledge before the summer break. But all of my students are engaged in the activities and are working hard!
Here they are doing the opening Hula Hoop activity and the follow-up Chocolate Chip game.
I am looking forward to using this program to keep us going since we are still in school next week!!!!