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This is an 1 hour overview of the two day workshop I do on Just Say No To Worksheets. It was provided as a session at our ESSDACK Conference 2007

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Just Say “NO” to Worksheets

Presented by Michelle Flaming

[email protected]

Opening Activity

Probability lies between 0 and 1Please line up according to where

your event falls on the continuum.

No Way JosePlease line up according to where

your event would fall in the story setting - The Titanic

Opening Activity

Draw a line segment on a 1/2 sheet piece of paper.

Measure your line to the nearest inch.

Write your measurement next to the line.

Line up in order from minimum to maximum.

Why Use Manipulatives?

Helps children to understand mathematics.

Provide concrete ways for students to bring meaning to abstract mathematical ideas.

Helps children to learn new concepts and relate new concepts to what they have already learned.

Assist children with solving problems

Important to focus on …

Thinking and reasoning must be the TOP priorities when students are engaged in learning manipulative materials.

Scaffolding from concrete to pictorial to abstract.

Connections of multiple representations.Pictures - Written ExamplesSpoken Language- Written symbols

Cheap Manipulatives

My Function BookProportional Functions

Foam Creatures from Oriental Trading

Where’s the Mathematics?

Make a list of mathematical concepts and processes used during this activity?

Two- Day FormatFocused Activity with the ManipulativeWatching Lessons of Student’s Work with

ManipulativeVideotape DiscussionMore LessonsDay 1 Focus:

Cheap Manipulatives Foam Creatures, Toothpicks, Cards, Dice etc. Color Tiles Geoboards

Day 2 Focus: Base-Ten Blocks Pattern Blocks Unifix Cubes

Color Tiles

Presenting Color TilesViewing the Videotape

Focus on the teachers’ thinking and reasoning.

More Explorations using color tiles.

Discussion of the Videotape

Color Tiles Uses:

CountingEstimatingMeasuringInvestigating multiplication

patterns.Solving problems with fractionsExploring geometric shapesCarrying out probability

experiments

Viewing the Videotape

What did you observe about the teaching? Refer to specific examples from the videotape.

What did you observe in the children’s responses? Refer to specific examples from the videotape.

What questions do you have as a result of watching the videotape.

Videotape discussion

In the first activity, in which the 4th graders build rectangles for different number of tiles, the students were given a chance to explore with materials, then they were given a worksheet so that they could reflect on what they had done, and finally the class was brought together at the end for a class discussion. Discuss the benefits of each aspects of the lesson.

Videotape discussion

You saw Hal and Myisha and then Russ and Shane working together on the Fraction Rectangles activity. Explain why it is beneficial for students to work together.

Videotape discussion

Explain how finding areas with Color Tiles can help develop the second graders’ understanding of place value.

Videotape discussion

The 4th graders on the videotape were playing Four in a Row for the first time. What would you have the children do now?

The Toothpick ProblemUsing four toothpicks, determine

all the different ways you can put the four together.All right angles (if there is an angle)Touch end to end

This is OKThis is NOT

Where’s the Mathematics?

Make a list of mathematical concepts and processes used during this activity?

Making Useable ClocksX Marks The Spot

#1 The boys go up to the attic at 9:00. They explore for 1 hour, 20 minutes. What time did the boys leave the attic?

#2 The boys leave to explore at 12:00, they return home at 3:20. How long had the boys been exploring?

#3 The boys enter the candy store at 1:20, they stay in the store for 35 minutes. What time did the boys leave the candy store?

#4 The boys open the envelope at 3:20 and it takes them 10 minutes to find the little door in the ground. What time is it?

#5 The hidden room is found at 3:30. The boys decide to hang out in the room for 3 hours and 20 minutes. What time did the boys leave the hidden room?

#6 Jake a Leo begin to write a postcard to their grandpa at 10:04, it takes them 12 minutes. What time is it when they finish the postcard?

Things I want to RememberShare one idea you wrote down.What are the benefits of using

manipulatives?

Two day workshop scheduled for:August 2nd and 3rdNovember 20th - Day 1January 24th - Day 2