Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I'm challenging YOU...yes you... to make your practice more ENGAGING!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on my page called "How to make boring practice... a little more engaging!"  If you haven't checked it out, you might want to, if for no other reason, than there are 2 FREE activities in it, but also because all three ideas are super easy to put in to effect in your next class.  No really.... you can do all of them today!  Consider it a CHALLENGE!

Are you game?  Okay, well first I wanted to share a few more ways to make your 'boring practice" a little more interactive!

Engaging Activity Idea #4 (continuing from the post above!)
Turn the worksheet into a game!

Kiddos love BINGO!  Take a 25 problem worksheet (or even 16!!!) and turn it into a BINGO game.  If you don't want to create all the boards (or if you don't have time!) put all the answers, in random order, on the board and have students fill in their own boards.  By not having bogus answers, students will be able to some-what self check.... "hmmm, if my answer isn't on the board, I must've done something wrong..."

Engaging Activity Idea #5 
Turn the problems into a match-up or sort!

Match-ups and sorts force students to interact with the problems.  They are also really easy to tier for students who get overwhelmed easily.  Below you can see the activity matched 6 different pieces.... overwhelmed?  Have your students match just two of them, then add in a third... keep going!  Read more about this activity HERE

Engaging Activity Idea #6
Break out the dice!  

If the actual numbers don't matter in your problem, have students roll dice to fill in the numbers for their problem set!  Some math idea are more about the concept itself, not the actual numbers.  Need numbers bigger than 6?  Why not roll two dice and add them up, or better yet, multiply them!  Need negative numbers?  use two color dice!  
Check out this FREEBIE by Lauren Booth  - a fun way for kiddos to practice smaller multiplication facts!

Engaging Activity Idea #7 
Turn the review into a relay!

Kiddos absolutely love competition, and creating/drawing (even if they are bad at it!)  Turn you review into an activity where they can do both!  Check out the awesome monsters my kiddos created this week.  There wasn't a dull moment in class.  They were working on the problems, having math conversations with each other AND even helping each other out so that everyone understood what was happening. It's a WIN-WIN!

I hope that at least one of these 7 ideas has inspired you to jazz up your (boring) worksheets a bit!  What are you waiting for?  You owe it to you kiddos to have a bit more fun in your class today!!  Leave me a comment and tell me how you are JAZZING up your room this week! 

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  1. Thanks for sharing the math activities. It helps to have new ideas. I get bored with doing the same activities, so I know my kiddos do also. Now I can spice math up a bit. :)

    The Balanced Classroom

    1. You are so very welcome! Like you, I get bored with doing the same things all the time (and we KNOW our kiddos do too!) I look forward to hearing about your new math ideas in the future! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Can you tell me more about Idea #7? Thanks

    1. Hi Annette!

      Years ago I started thinking about how to do relays in my math classroom. I started out taking worksheets and cutting them into strips and had students 'collect' pieces as they went.... this evolved it drawing various items. Last year, I started shared a Frosty relay on TpT and it was a HUGE hit. People requested more of them, and I have since come up 7 content related relays, and 10 templates (I also have a template bundle for extra savings). Templates can be used with any course and with any topic. The content specific ones vary by grade level. Recently I created an integer review for my 7/8 grade resource kiddos and a multiplication review for my 5/6 grade resource kiddos. Here is a link to all of the relays:

      If you have specific content you want made, you just need to email me and I will work with you to get it created in a timely manner.

      I've also blogged about the relays a few times over on my personal blog. You can check those posts out for more specific details.

      Hope that helps!

  3. I love these ideas! One way I like to spice it up is by using Kagan simultaneous roundtable!

    Mind Sparks

    1. LOVE Kagan strategies! What a great way to get your kids up and moving!

  4. Nice blog teachers, best regard from Belgium


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