Monday, April 23, 2012

Math Key Word Charts




Problem solving takes a whole new level in 3rd grade for students. As teachers we try and guide our students to a variety of "real life" high level problem solving strategies. Not all students are ready for that kind of "out of the box" thinking therefore we also offer them strategies such as "key words".

We keep a -Math Toolbox- journal in my class (I'll post that next) where we place our math vocabulary and strategies. These "key words" usually go in the the toolbox for reference and that's it. This year I decided to give them more of a visual and ownership over them.

Think they stand out enough? ;)
Wal mart has these nice and bright poster boards that I used to cut out the math signs. The kids instantly LOVED how big and bright they were.   I put one sign up at a time on the board and simply asked "what helps me know when to ______?" The room was instantly taken over by math words. We added what we could think of at the moment and then hung them up. Whenever a new word came to their mind while working we stopped and added it to our class poster. I think this really gave them ownership and a connection with the words. Hope they remember their "key words" tomorrow (STAAR test)!



Multiplication

Addition words and diagrams





Division words


Subtraction key words

An inexpensive and effective activity, hope you enjoyed!




14 comments:

  1. Beautiful post and blog!:) Would you like to follow each other?

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  2. thank you so much for your sweet words!..
    I love maths..
    STC Technologies

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  3. oh I'm tutoring 2 third graders in word problems this summer, this will definitely be going on the wall! Thanks- and I pinned it too!

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure their 3rd grade teacher will highly appreciate you giving them a head start ;)

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    2. Please be careful when using "key words." It is now considered a misleading strategy. It is teaching children to just look for certain words without comprehending the meaning of the problem. For example, There were 45 children playing altogether on the playground. There were 24 girls. How many boys were on the playground?

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    3. Yes Tery I agree, they definitely can be misleading. I do not start the year off with these "key words" but rather pull them out as last minute resources for those students who need that extra help. We also discuss how the key words don't ALWAYS match the operation needed to solve the problems. We have a variety of "strategies" (draw it out, visualize, KWL chart, etc.) for them to choose from this is simply just another tool for some. Thank you for bringing that up! Definitely an important thing to keep in mind :)

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  4. Just came across your blog and felt the need to comment. I was just hired as a 3rd grade teacher and I live in Nacogdoches (I'm a Virginia transplant so not an SFA grad, unfortunately!) I would love to hear any advice you had about getting ready for the first year teaching, especially since you are familiar with TEKS and CSCOPE. Thanks so much! :)

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    1. Congrats on the job!! :) you will absolutely love 3rd grade, old enough to be independent but young enough to still want hugs lol. Honestly first year, at least mine, is a learning experience. I feel bad at times because as I prep for my 3rd year I find myself thinking "oh man I cut my first class short, I didn't do all I could, If only I would of done this then..." but realistically the first year is survival/find your style year. I do highly recommend staying as organized as possible. If you start off organized it'll be easier to stay organized in years to come. Ask and take advice from those around you, learn as much as possible from others then tweak it in your room to fit your style. If in doubt, ask questions! CSCOPE is a very overwhelming curriculum, while some take it as it is and teach straight from it, I advice looking into it ahead to supplement your own ideas into the lesson (this will come easier the second year I promise! I was so scared to supplement anything my first year-tried to stick straight to the script."). Never stop learning, look for ideas to incorporate into your classroom all around you; from the classroom down the hall to the vast amount of teacher ideas online. Good Luck Shannon! You're going to be great!

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  5. These are great - do you have a pattern that you used to trace the signs? Thanks

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    1. Thanks! Actually no pattern was used. Pencil, ruler and a shaky hand lol. I did use a cereal bowl for the circles on the division sign though.

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    2. lol, thanks for letting me ;)

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  6. Hi, I'm a soon to be second year 3rd grade teacher in Lubbock. I would love to share ideas with you and maybe get some help ;) This year I just taught Math and Science, but now our entire school is moving to self contained for the 12-13 school year, so yes I am freaked out to teach the CSCOPE ELAR. Thank you so much for all you've already posted on your blog, it has inspired me so much already!

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  7. This will only be my 3rd year teaching 3rd grade so YES I would love to share ideas and help each other out. I have been self contained both years but in the bilingual department. Therefore I teach Reading in Spanish and everything else in English. Great ideas aren't bounded by language though so anything I can help with please let me know, I know I will ;) CSCOPE is kind of hard to get use it if you've never used it but once you get the hang of it I think you'll enjoy the freedom it gives you. There is plenty of space to supplement into a lesson and integrate your own great ideas. It's nice to hear my lil blog has been some inspiration for you, can't wait to share more. My email address is jennsinclair@hotmail.com. Have a great weekend!

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