Instructional Openings

Bull Boards

Bull Boards is an instructional strategy to practice a computational or fluency skill throughout the week. The skill should be scaffolded, with simple questions building towards more rigor. I found that a main objective of this should not be to get bogged down with long problems (i.e. long division) but rather to check a thought process. For example, asking what a decimal is when rounded to the tenths, or which place value would be a hundred times bigger. The same skills cycle back throughout the year as a way to keep content fresh and allow us to connect currculum quicker.

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Students In Action
 
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
I feel like often what holds our kids back is that they view numbers in a totally different way than I do. Often, they see math as a series of steps depending on operations. I believe that a deep understanding of what the numbers and operations mean allow us to manipulate them. Here is a breakdown of how I will scaffold the skill of the week over 5 days.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
I feel like often what holds our kids back is that they view numbers in a totally different way than I do. Often, they see math as a series of steps depending on operations. I believe that a deep understanding of what the numbers and operations mean allow us to manipulate them. Here is a breakdown of how I will scaffold the skill of the week over 5 days.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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