Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Math Planning

There's been a bit of math planning happening around here as I rounded up games and fun for the week. I also decided that I needed a better way to keep track of things that I was planning so I whipped up a new math planning sheet.

The longest part of making it was waiting on the dreadfully slow windows machine to "do it's thing". I must say, I really am spoiled with my ever so snappy Mac and I've become less patient when attempting to deal with Windows based pcs, but I digress..

I really hope I haven't given you the wrong impression with the picture above, but my kitchen table rarely looks like that when I'm planning. In fact, I've been known to spread out to much that I had the table and the floor in use and had to chase kids and a dog out much to everyone's annoyance. All though, the dog is still convinced I was playing some kind of weird game and eyes me suspiciously anytime I pick up a stack of books now.

This is more what the table looks like about 5 minutes into things. Then I use my little paper to jot down books and resources I need, make notes of what games we'll play based on what topics, and the back is lined for notes. So what's on my table:

A collection Of Math Lessons: we now own 2 of the different levels of this book, and I must admit that I feel a warm sense of appreciation for the open honesty in which Ms. Burns writes her books. She shows exact work from the children complete with miss spellings! She shares funny stories that make me aware that my children aren't the only ones who can go askew in a math lesson over raisins (or Indians.)

Math And Literature: Ms Burns writes this book as well, there happens to be a few more in the series, but I don't know that I'll bother to obtain them. They are just simple and basic ideas for math lessons based on favorite books. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the books, but it wasn't quite what I'd expected.

Scholastic's Meeting Math Standards With Favorite Picture Books: I love this one. We tend to pick a book from here to kick start any new math topic we jump into. It's currently open to 2x2=Boo, which has some fantastic lessons to go with it. This is the same book we used when learning about estimation.

Scholastic's Math Games For Addition & Subtraction: The book fell open to a fun game board and I was trying to sort out the instructions for it. We've played quite a few of the games in this book, and one of the boys favorites happens to be Gorilla Coconuts.

Box Cars & One Eyed Jacks Game Books: These are our standard go-to books for math games. We never tire of the games in here! In fact, the games are often such a hit that the boy request them when I suggest we play a game on Saturday's. The only came we've ever gotten complaints about was Bank-It, but it turned out one of our younger players just wanted to eat the contents of the bank!

Math On The Level's Measurement Book: Yes, we happen to own the curriculum Math On The Level. (A fellow Aussie homeschooler purchased it and decided, after a few months, that she wasn't going to be using it, and now we own it.) I'm not particularly blown away by the curriculum. While I respect the fact that it is meant to cover K-8 or so,  I still think it's over priced for what you get.  My opinion is probably very biased as we've been "free flying" with math for over a year now.  So why, you might ask, is it sitting on my kitchen table?  I wanted to verify that I'd taught my child the correct solution for solving a math problem. I was quite pleased to see that I had!

I had to share this picture with you! This comes from one of my A Collection Of Math Lesson Books. They were doing a lesson where the teacher presented them with raisins for manipulatives. Only, one child dropped a raisin and he bent down to find it, which caused other children to help find it. She eventually regained control of her class, but during the "split these raisins evenly in your group" time a couple of groups who had 1 extra raisin felt the need to give it to the student who'd dropped his! If you look closely at the spread of my kitchen table above you'll notice this was the very page I was open to. After reading the "story" I couldn't stop laughing!

Here's a close-up of my newest  Math Planning page. The column on the left is for writing down the books I want to use with the boys and there's a spot to tick if I  O[wn] it, $ [buy] it, or B[orrow] it. The column on the right is for marking down the games I want to play, what book they are in, and the page it's on. Makes locating them so much quicker! I also made an "Other Resources" area for those extra printables, websites, and teacher's idea books that I have on hand. The back is lined for more specific note taking on what I plan to do. You can download your own copy here if you're interested.


Edwena said...

Do you know any fun multiplication games to play? My ds (8) is just really getting into learning to multiply. If you could direct me anywhere that would be great.

Jocelyne said...

We have been "free flying" with math around here as well. I have had my eye on Math on the Level for a long time, but just can't seem to commit. What I really want is a list of concepts to teach through pre-algebra and I am pretty close to just making my own up rather than forking over the money for MOTL. I'd rather buy math literature and fun manipulatives I think ;)

Kendra said...

Edwena, the Box Cars & One Eyed Jacks have gobs of games in them for multiplication. There's a few free ones listed on the website I linked to. We'll be playing some over the next few weeks as we've embarked on multiplication.

Jocelyne, I've debated doing a whole post about MOTL. Don't get me wrong, those who use it LOVE IT. But, i think having no mold to be pushed into made it hard when I did have one. You could get Learning Year By Year by Rebecca Rupp for an outline of math skills through 12th grade!