Reflection: Student Ownership Math Centers - Reviewing Numbers 1 to 5 - Section 1: Problem of the Day


Problem of the Day in the beginning of the year is very teacher centered because the students need to learn the routine for our math block, and they need some basic skills and strategies to use to attack a problem.  As the year goes on, I slowly release my control and let the problem of the day be a time for the students to take control of their learning.  For this Problem of the Day, I gave the students more freedom to take over.  I let them come up with a strategy to solve the problem. "Create a group with the same number of objects as the first group" may seem like a simple problem, but it is general enough to give the students some choice as to how they want to answer. During this lesson, I had students show their answer the following ways:

5 connecting cubes
5 fingers
5 circles drawn on the board
6 smiley faces using the Creative Pen in SMART Notebook  

No, I did not mistype that last one.  One student asked if she could use the Creative Pen.  I helped her turn in on and she made 6 smiley faces.  I was so glad that she did because it gave us a chance to talk about her strategy and her answer.  It was great to see my students engaging in conversations about finding different ways to solve a problem and discussing the accuracy of each other's answers.  We are going to need to continue to work on respectfully disagreeing with someone's answer.

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Math Centers - Reviewing Numbers 1 to 5

Unit 2: Numbers 0-5
Lesson 10 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to independently practice identifying and writing the number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Big Idea: In order to pull small groups during math instruction, the rest of the students need engaging activities that they can complete independently. These centers allow students to practice identifying, writitng and counting number 1 to 5.

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