Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Driving Down the Number Line - Section 3: Independent Practice


We struggled with this addition on the number line stuff.  Not just a little struggle. Not just a few of us, once in awhile.  Only a few of us were “getting” the concept!

So I scaled it back, I used some counters that were fun and just different enough that the kids were interested and motivated to maintain their focus, and we really took a moment to practice the concept and then see who was “getting” the idea.  It clicked!

I wanted to do the second part of the activity—so badly—but I know the nurse has a huge job and I wasn’t about to give her a hard time for performing a required task.  That flexibility is so important… even when things are finally coming together.

  When things are going great, and the lesson has to stop. Aw!
  Intrinsic Motivation: When things are going great, and the lesson has to stop. Aw!
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Driving Down the Number Line

Unit 1: Addition on the Number Line
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: Using a counter, SWBAT move left to right down the number line, adding numbers.

Big Idea: Kids love toys and tend to be fascinated with driving, so we "drive" our transportation counters down the number line.

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