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Math Menus: A Recipe for Developing Number Sense (Grades 3-5) Elizabeth Ward, PhD Elisabeth Johnston, PhD Wendi Earnheart Jessica Walls Amanda Wright.

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1 Math Menus: A Recipe for Developing Number Sense (Grades 3-5) Elizabeth Ward, PhD Elisabeth Johnston, PhD Wendi Earnheart Jessica Walls Amanda Wright

2 Math Menus What is a math menu? A way “to provide learning activities that can include problems, games, and investigations that students work on independently” Required and optional tasks are given Within a menu students are able to make choices of the optional tasks What is the purpose of math menus? A way to give ownership of learning to the student New concepts can be explored Review older concepts Marilyn Burns, About Teaching Mathematics A K-8 Resource (Sausalito, CA: Math Solutions, 2007) p. 60.

3 Why Math Menus? 1.Can’t see the forest for the trees 2.Students stay engaged in mathematics 3.Lowers affective filter 4.Lots of fun-for the students and you

4 Activities for Addition/Subtraction/Estimation Menu 1.Shopping with $10 2.Krypto

5 Illuminations website Flip 5 cards, 6 th is the target number Basic and advanced version

6 Possible Solutions – – 4 = – 7 – 4 – 3 = 1 (7 * 5) – (10 * 3) – 4 = 1

7 Activities for Multiplication Menu 1.Array Game 2.Product Game

8 Activities for Measurement Menu 1.Cups and Gallons 2.Area and Perimeter Tic-Tac-Toe

9 Three-Shape Menu (Westphal, 2011) Complete one activity for each shape Easy to understand

10 Tic-Tac-Toe Menu (Westphal, 2011) Three in a row Might include free choice Easy to use Students might complete a product out of comfort zone

11 Meal Menu (Westphal, 2011) Select one item for each meal. Dessert is extra Real-world application

12 Give Me Five Menu (Westphal, 2011) Must earn five points version (10 points) More points higher level thinking skill More control over learning Flexibility for different ability levels

13 Differentiating Instruction with Menus (Westphal, 2011) K-2, 3-5 books Overview of different types of menus How to grade items Examples- – Numbers/Number Sense – Operations – Geometry – Measurement

14 Contact Information Elizabeth Ward, PhD Elisabeth Johnston,


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