Electronic Chalkboard - Make sure that you read everything each morning to find out procedures, assignments and announcements for the day.

Icebreaker: Getting to Know You Fractions Let's get to know each other with Fractions. Use the direction sheet to complete your "About Me Circle" using markers or crayons.  The teacher will start the music and you will roam the classroom exchanging circles with your classmates. When the music stops, return to your seat with the circle you have at that time. When it is your turn you will introduce that person to the class.

Problem of the Day Today we will work together to explore the app Educreations.  We will use this app to complete our daily Problem of the Day.  You will first create an account and become familiar with the community of Educreations.  Next, we will create a lesson to explain how to solve the problem of the day.  Using the iPad, we will paste a link to your lesson in the discussion board of Blackboard.

solve/explain:
Greg and Steve bought a large pizza to share.
Greg ate 5/8 of the pizza.
What fraction of the pizza was left for Steve?

Mathematical Practices
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
4. Model with mathematics.

"Math"gizers - From time to time we need to take a break. Our brain is full and we need to get the blood flowing to our brain again so we can think. "Math"gizers are just like Energizers except we put a math twist to it. Get ready to stretch!
Snowball
Three Ball Pass
Name That Product

E-Mail Assignment - Each day you need to check your Tangischools e-mail account for information and to complete the Problem of the Day.  Reply to us at ttmath@tangischools.org.

Digit Place -Students will learn the concept that each digit has its own unique place within the whole number. We will play this every day. The more you play the better you get.

Innovative Classroom Is the website where the directions for Digit Place were found. You will find some amazing things there. Take the time to check it out.
http://www.innovativeclassroom.com/

Math Playground - In the courtyard are two stations with Math activities for you to complete. You and your partner will work together to complete the activities. Follow the directions that are with the Math activity.  These activities came from the book Family Math. These are great activities to do for a Family Math Night.

Family Math
Making a Fraction Kit (PDF)

Estimation Station - Every morning you will have an estimation activity. At the end of the day 2 people will be responsible for counting the items and telling the class the results.

Estimating Jars (PDF)

Today's estimation is "A Burst of Fractions".  Write your estimation of the number of Starbursts on the back of a sticky note, put your name on the front and then stick it on the poster. We will use the Selector Tool to select two people to count the starburst and give us the results. Those two people will also tell us the fraction of each color of Starburst.

Mathematical Practices
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

PowerHour with SMART - Calendar, Math Tools, and Widgets, oh my!  Let's power up with some amazing tools offered through SMART!

SMART Calendar - The best way to teach the calendar to students is to give them their own calendar. Age appropriate students can mark special events on their calendar while younger students can circle, draw, and color in parts of the calendar. Here you will find things to do with your classroom calendar.

Blank Calendars from ABC Teach

About Today's Date This website contains fascinating facts about each day of the year from a mathematics perspective. It can be used to enhance your class's daily calendar work.

Blank Everyday Calendar (Notebook) Let's use the Smart Board to complete some calendar activities. Remember to rename it before beginning to use it that way you'll have your blank Notebook file from year to year.

Mental Math Mode - We will start the day with a mental math problem. You'll need to think hard and the only tool you can use is your brain.

Beanie Babies If you collect Beanie Babies, see if you can "Figure This".
Figure This! Math Index

Mathematical Practices
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

iPad Project - Fractions -use Animoto to create an equivalent fractions video.  You can use Animoto from the web, or complete the project entirerly on the iPad.

Literature Connection
Bookmaking Bonanza - Book-and-a-Half
To create a Book-and-a-Half, use the PowerPoint templates below. There are two files with templates in them. One set is vertical and the other is horizontal.

Book-and-a-Half Templates (vertical)
Book-and-a-Half Templates (horizontal)

You will need to print two slides. One slide has the full illustration and the other is half of the same illustration. Type the title of your story on the front cover before printing. After you print them, cut across the middle of the half illustration. This will be your front cover. The full illustration is your back cover. Staple the front cover and the story pages to the back cover. You are ready to write your story or poem.

SMARTBoard Activity - The SMART Board re-energizes students as well as teachers. You will get lots of ideas on how to use this valuable tool in your classroom to teach math.
Here are some Notebook files that you can use when you focus on Fractions.

Smart Board Game of the Day
Kooshball (Notebook) Thanks to Heather Lamb at SMART Tech for this game.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as
well as in words.

Software - Kidspiration 3 The new Kidspiration 3 helps to develop literacy and numeracy skills. Each day we will use this program to develop  a specific skill. I think you'll find it is more than just for writing. It it builds conceptual understanding in Math.
Making Fractions Lesson Plan (Word)
Fraction Tiles (Kidspiration 3 Doc)

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as
well as in words.

Numbered Heads Together - The Numbered Heads Together software turns any set of questions into a fun, interactive learning game for the entire class. Click here to order the software.

Make it, Take it - As students explore the concept of fractions, it is important for them to be able to handle concrete materials so they can compare and identify fractional parts.

Pattern Block Fractions (pdf)
Window Fractions (pdf)
Sharing Pizza (pdf)

I Have... Who Has... Need a fun what to get students up out of their desks? Play "I Have... Who Has..." This activity will keep your students attention as well as keep them thinking.

Sum Calculator Fun - Calculators are a type of computer. Students are motivated by them. Let's use calculators to make old games new again.
Tic-Tac-Toe - Let's play this fun game using the SMART Board or PowerPoint. It brings a whole new meaning to learning.
Tic-Tac-Toe Directions (pdf)
Tic-Tac-Toe (SMART Board)
Tic -Tac-Toe (ppt)

Fractions on the Calculator Ever wonder why we don't see any fractions on the calculator? They are there we just have to apply what we know to see them. Click below to practice finding halves on your calculator.

Fractions on the Calculator (Word)

Mathematical Practices
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

Mnemonic: A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.