Monday, September 21, 2015
Silent Division Practice: an Active Learning Game
One of the first rules I was told about when I moved to a new school was how important it was for classes to walk quietly in the halls. I included that rule in the procedures I taught students and in the classroom management plan I shared previously.
There are times when we have walked to a specialist -- P. E., Music, or Library -- and the previous class isn't out yet. Here is how I kept my students engaged quietly for a minute or two while we waited.
I started having my fourth grade students practice their math facts SILENTLY. I would say a division fact and they would show me the answer with their fingers. It also gave me a quick read on who knew their facts and who was looking around at what other people where holding up.
I chose division facts because we needed the practice and the answers are usually ten or less.
If you have another no-prep activity like this one, I would love to read about it in the comments.