Today my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes will be practicing making groups. The first element I want them to be great at is forming partnerships. Math Tag is a great activity to practice math skills, running, dodging and forming partners. Here’s how my instructions go:
2. Decide on your boundary area. The area must be smaller than the basketball key. Now I have familiarized my students with some key terms! Boundary, Area, and Basketball Key. Here is where we can later add Perimeter.
3. Your boundary area may not intersect another group’s boundary area. Wow! I am teaching about intersecting areas! I don’t go into any depth right now, but I have the terms written on the white board to review at the end of class.
4. Both you and your partner start with one hand behind your back, a fist =0.
5. Together you say “Ready, Set, Go.” On “Go” you show your hand, whoever adds the numbers correctly first is it.
6. When tagged or one of you steps out of bounds, restart your game.
7. I let my students choose whether to add, multiply, use one hand or two. To meet the 4th grade common core standard , 4th grade students add their hands then multiply by chosen number, usually 2.
8. Switch partners every few minutes.
Addressing Common Core Math Standards
2nd grade Common Core Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
3rd grade Common Core Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.C.7 Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
4th Grade Common Core Standard: CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.3 Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding