My fifth grade students love anything to do with math when they are able to work "hands-on". When they get to practice math facts and other skills with cards and dice, they are excited for the day to begin. My students enjoy learning through the use of "play" in the math classroom.
Math can be a difficult subject for many students, but making it hands-on can make it more fun to practice, and in turn, learn.
I notice my students are happier and work harder when I can make learning fun with manipulatives.
I am also hoping to start a "STEAM Team" for students in grades 4-6 in the near future. Any resources in my classroom can be used to reach the needs of other students in the school.
Building blocks can play just as an important part in the mathematics classroom as they do in children's creativity.
I am wanting to use the building blocks received to help students with multiplication (using the arrays on the top of the block) and fractions (using different size blocks to compare to one whole), as well as having students finding area and volume of various creations.
After some math activities with the blocks, I plan to have a Lego competition among students in the classroom where they will build a project of their choice. They will measure the area and volume to place with their projects on display. Other students in the building will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite display.
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