In 1984, I was in Grade 4, and was particularly good at maths. I don't remember liking it, but I remember being good at it. I know many of my kids are good at maths, but I'd like them to like it as much as I do (now), too.
This week at CNPS, we're going to be using arrays to represent the distributive law using arrays. I plan to engage the kids by using this edited version of a TED talk, which showcases some pretty amazing mental mathematics (and using the distributive law, too! in the last five minutes, the magician articulates his thinking...).
From here, we're all going to play a game I stole/adapted. I think it was called "Sheepstations", but even if it isn't, that's what I've called it.
Sheepstations Version 2.0 from Castlemaine North PS on Vimeo.
Then we're going to be representing the distributive law using physical objects, differentiated, of course... here's the advanced version. While some students will be focusing purely on how the distributive law looks, others will be looking at representing it as algorithms, using order of operations to ensure they express it correctly. As such, these kids will be representing their maths aurally, using physical models, and through various written forms...
(Today's blog post title comes from Jens Wennberg's album, available for free download on Jamendo).