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.


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