I've been enjoying being a rep for a new approach to teaching maths in our college over the past year. It follows a framework that is basically reality, abstract, mathematics and reflection/back to reality.
I had a great mentor come in and take my class for some super fun fraction activities. It was great because he had the kids up and moving around - something we don't always do in math. I had some of my kids who are really struggling in maths understanding fraction concepts and I truly think that is because they are the kinaesthetic learners that need the hands-on reality to be able to relate the math to.
I took some of his ideas and applied them to teaching time, too. I drew a biiiiig clock on the carpet in chalk ("ummmmaaaa" the kids said). I had one child lie down, be the 'hands' and show the analogue time. One child had to draw the matching digital time on the whiteboard and another child had to call out a time.
I did a similar activity but this time on a big whiteboard and the kids stood and showed the time on the clock. Please excuse the horrendous photos. I was rushing...
We looked at money this week too. My mentor made a fantastic point about money and teaching it. We want to teach how much each coin is worth but we can't use the colour or size to do that. In Australia, the 50c coin is the largest but certainly not worth the most. This is a common misconception. Someone he worked with came up with this FANTASTIC idea:
Measuring a coin's worth!
We used a metre ruler, scissors, sticky tape and crepe paper to measure out how many cents each coin was worth.
The coins' worth became a visual. It was so clear to see which coin was worth the most and which was worth the least. You should have heard the squeals of excitement when they saw how much the $2 coin was worth! Adorable!
The next day I gave them each paper coins. I would call out a coin. Students would then have to buddy up with someone and tell me how much they were worth together. They would then buddy up with another pair and tell me how much their group was worth. You can just keep going! Next week we'll do the same fun activity but I'll tell them they can choose any coin that they'd like. I will then call out an amount, such as $1.25, and they will have to find the correct buddies to make that amount. I'm hoping to see different ways of making that same amount. The kids always go back to their scrapbooks and draw what they did.
I hope you enjoyed my little ramble of ideas.
Do you have any tricks to teaching time and money? Do you get them moving around, too?
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