Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation A Suitcase of Math Strategies - Section 2: Building the Suitcase


When I began today's lesson I let students tell me the things they put in a suitcase. They were so excited to share. I then gave them a folder with handles, and told them to decorate it like a suitcase. The students were so excited to have their own "suitcase." They added their own personal touches to show that the suitcase was theirs. They wanted to tell why they put certain decorations on their suitcases.

I didn't know if the excitement would carry over when I let them brainstorm and then add things to their suitcases, but it did. The kids couldn't wait to gather up number lines, number grids, hands, rulers, etc. to put in their suitcases. 

When we went to solve the problems, the students went into their suitcases and found the strategies they wanted to use, and willingly waved them in the air to show their choices. 

The students were excited about the whole idea of their own personal math suitcase. They each had the tools and strategies they thought they would use. I can now build upon this idea of having a suitcase full of strategies to build upon in future lessons. 

Our discussion about tools and strategies really forced students to think about what they have used, or might use to solve a problem. It is helping them to think about what they are doing when they are faced with math. 

  Intrinsic Motivation: Excitement
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A Suitcase of Math Strategies

Unit 11: The Numbers Are Getting Bigger
Lesson 8 of 15

Objective: SWBAT verbalize the options they have available for solving addition and subtraction problems.

Big Idea: What better way to think of all the strategies that you can use in math, than to pack a suitcase full of them. Students love the idea of filling a suitcase with math tools.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, addition, subtraction, solve problems, place value strategies
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