Threshold: Threshold

 
 
 
Threshold
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Routines and Procedures

Threshold

I begin every Math class with a high-energy strategy called Threshold. Students line up outside the classroom door "dressed for success" in their uniforms with their shirts tucked in. After a group greeting, a Math chant (practicing our multiples), and instructions for entering, my students walk to the door, shake my hand, enter the room, and immediately begin a Math warm-up. Threshold ensures that all of my students transition from their previous class smoothly and that their minds are ready for Math instruction.

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Here are the lyrics for our "Roll 9's" Chant. This regular practice makes fact fluency fast, easy, and fun for my students. The rhythm sticks with them and they often apply the chant while working on math computation exercises, making it a very important and helpful strategy for math instruction.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Here are the lyrics for our "Roll 9's" Chant. This regular practice makes fact fluency fast, easy, and fun for my students. The rhythm sticks with them and they often apply the chant while working on math computation exercises, making it a very important and helpful strategy for math instruction.
Stephen Pham
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy
San Jose, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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