Whole-Group Instruction

Rapid Fire

Sometimes the only thing holding students back is practice time. It's amazing how much they can get done when they get themselves into a work frenzy. During Rapid Fire, we create a "controlled crazy" by playing techno music while students work in pairs to solve as many computation problems as possible in five minutes. This is a great strategy to use before taking the lesson to word problems, and provides a break from sitting quietly and attentively during the lesson. There is also always an element of choice in what the students want to focus on, helping them to adjust their self-evaluation for later on.

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Students In Action
 
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Rapid Fire is a perfect way to get in as much practice as possible. Playing techno music and watching the kids move with urgency is awesome. Having them reflect on errors they made in the math rush afterwards is the icing on the cake.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Rapid Fire is a perfect way to get in as much practice as possible. Playing techno music and watching the kids move with urgency is awesome. Having them reflect on errors they made in the math rush afterwards is the icing on the cake.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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