Guided Math Book study: Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Welcome back to our Guided Math by Laney Sammons book study. I’m glad you came back to join me for chapter 3.

Chapter 3a

How do my kiddos begin their day? Is there a math connection?
To be honest, I did math routines, or a calendar board for years with my class. We did activities around the number of day every morning, along with calendar activities. For some reason, I found it very difficult to complete the math routines this year. Between copying homework and getting ready for the day, I had such a hard time getting to my number of the day and calendar routines. I have the board and activities all set up but I never seemed to have the time.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fit it all in? I’m all ears!!!

I have done a few morning stretches, but nothing consistent. I am making it my goal to use morning stretches EVERY morning next year! I mean it! I might need you to stop by and remind me or give me a nudge to keep me on track. Stop by and simply ask, “How are those morning stretches going?”

Since I am the queen of spreadsheets or checklists, I decided to make a checklist or planning sheets for the morning stretches. I think that might have been my problem this year. I didn’t plan well enough.
So here are the planning sheets. I created 3 different planning sheets because I’m not sure which one would work best for me in September and I figured that you could use some variety too.
Click the cover below to download the Guided Math Planning Sheets. Please leave me some feedback if you download the planning sheets. Thanks a bunch! 🙂
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Chapter 3b

Why is it important to help students recognize the links between math and their own lives?

Often times, students do not make the connection between math and their lives. It is important for the students to see this connection. Students need to realize that math is along them. Kids use math all day long without even realizing it.

What are you doing in your classroom to help students make this connection?
One way that I help students make this connection is by having the students figure out the amount of snack to give to each student. If a student brings in a box of cookies, the student needs to figure out how many cookies each child will receive. students also have the job of taking attendance each day to figure out how many students we have absent and present.

How can you make the link stronger?
I can make the connection stronger by introducing more math related jobs in the classroom. One way is to have the students graph data that is collected, such as attendance. Students can discuss how to display the data and choose the type of graph used. Students can also collect data about their test scores and goal and show the data in a graph.

I never thought of introducing math current events in the classroom as part of the morning routine, but I love it! This is something that I plan on including in my math next year.

What are some ways you try to make the connection between math and your students’ lives?

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