## Reflection: Joy Tally Twigs: More Work with Tally Marks - Section 3: Guided Practice

At the start of this lesson, I told the students to get ready for math.  One of my students shouted, "Yeah! I love math!".  The rest of the class chimed in.  I don't know that I have ever had an entire class enjoy math this much.  I am thinking it is because of the major changes I have made in my instruction.  I said "goodbye" to the text book and "hello" to instruction driven by the Common Core Standards.  I have invested a great deal of time to create lessons that are engaging and exciting and I am now reaping the benefits.

I am amazed at what I have seen my students do this year.  I believe that so much of what they have achieved is because of the sheer joy they experience during the math lessons.  They have fun with the characters in the stories used in the lessons and have enjoyed the hands on activities.  Their engagement in the lessons has yield great learning.  The preparations of the books and materials for activities may be an investment, but they can be used year after year.  The excitement in my classroom about math is a great return on this investment.

Tally Twigs-More Work with Tally Marks
Joy: Tally Twigs-More Work with Tally Marks

# Tally Twigs: More Work with Tally Marks

Unit 6: Fun with Numbers 0-20 and Beyond
Lesson 7 of 21

## Big Idea: Students have had practice reading tally marks. Now it's time to have fun using them to represent numbers.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, tally marks, SIOP, ELL, counting
45 minutes

### Joyce Baumann

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