Topic: Using math tools in math workshop
There is not a specific standard that goes with this lesson. The math tools will be used to cover many different standards throughout the year.
Essential Question: How and why do mathematicians use tools?
about 1 hour
connecting cubes, pattern blocks, base ten blocks, math games, etc.
Students will learn about tools mathematicians use and how to take care of the tools.
Math tools can help us solve problems. We will be using a variety of math tools this year during math workshop. Make an anchor chart of different math tools, how they help us and where they are stored. Ex: base ten blocks—help us count, show numbers, stored on math shelf in bin; pattern blocks—show patterns, learn shapes, fractions, stored on shelf in bin; math games—help us learn many math concepts, cooperation, stored on math shelf in bags; etc. Demonstrate getting the appropriate math tool, how it might be used, and returning it the right way.
Allow a few students to model getting/returning math tools by practicing the math games introduced yesterday. Discuss what they did well and what might need to be improved upon.
Allow students to spend some time exploring the math tools. Then allow them to practice cleaning and returning them. You could allow for a few rotations. I would probably have students work in table groups and do about 3 rotations so groups will have practice working with 3 different math tools today.
Talk about what we did well when using our math tools today, and anything we might need to fix next time.
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