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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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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.

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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

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

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Illuminations website http://illuminations.nctm.org/ Flip 5 cards, 6 th is the target number Basic and advanced version

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Give Me Five Menu (Westphal, 2011) Must earn five points 2-5-8 version (10 points) More points higher level thinking skill More control over learning Flexibility for different ability levels

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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

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Contact Information Elizabeth Ward, PhD ekward@txwes.eduekward@txwes.edu Elisabeth Johnston, PhDelisabeth.johnston@sru.eduelisabeth.johnston@sru.edu

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