"Math Master" extension
Hi Sundance,
I have quite a few early math finishers in my 1st grade; always seems to be that way. In previous years, I xeroxed the extra worksheets, which gets costly and time consuming for me. This year, I've trying something new, less costly for me, more student interactive.
This class loves the fantasy cartoon characters, like Spiderman and Star Wars. I proposed a "Jedi Math Master" award, but only for those who could follow the very specific Math Master rules:
1. In a large clear plastic jar (left over from some sugar cookies), I wrote about 40 number sentences with no answer. We started with simple addition problems. Students were given a 70 page spiral notebook for their recordings. Our problems are written on white scratch paper (xerox rejects).
2. Each student takes a problem slip and glues it in their notebook. Each problem is illustrated (drawings, stamped images) and the answer is written. Each page of the notebook has 3 problems.
3. Before taking another problem slip, the student must write a replacement problem, with some restrictions. We started out with no numbers larger than 5, then no larger than 10, and now, no larger than 20. We've just started writing subtraction problems. Our focus strategy is posted for the week. (And boy! are they upset if someone puts in a problem with the wrong numbers!)
4. I sign off on each sheet (we call it "check by" = C.B.). For every 10 sheets of correct answers (6 per page), they are given a sticker inside their notebook cover. Jedi Math Master awards will be given out when they get 10 stickers, but I'll have mini-celebrations before that. If my math is right, they'll have completed correctly 600 student-generated problems! Wow!
I have 1 student who moved up to more difficult problems (3 addends), which are written on yellow scratch paper (rejected lined office paper). He is the only one that can take those slips. Two other students make up those problems for him. I thought maybe 5-6 students would be the involved participants, but right now, every 1st grader in my class has a Jedi Math Master notebook! They all want to do this. I love it when they can do math for 30+ minutes and want more!
Kathleen