I teach gifted education at West Shore School District in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. During the week, I travel between five schools, working with students in small groups from kindergarten to fifth grade on math enrichment. I love my job!
Our district offers math acceleration for students entering fourth grade. Some of my gifted math students are one to two grade levels above their peers in the classroom. This makes it very difficult for the teachers to find materials to use.
For the past few years, I have been searching for a math resource that would bring math to life and help grow math skills. Last year, I came across a sample of DynaMath in my school mailbox. After reading through all of the engaging articles, it hit me: this is exactly what I was looking for! I quickly used the money in my budget to order DynaMath for all of the following year.
Grouping students for increased engagement
Usually, we begin by watching the online videos that accompany the articles. They’re a perfect segue into the reading and math they’re about to do.
I like assigning articles to different groups of students, and then having them report to the class on what they read and the math concept they conquered. They enjoy the knowledge they gain from each article and approach the math challenges with a growth mindset.
I especially like the color-coded math problems; red is for grade 3, blue is for grade 4, and green is for grade 5. With my students, I use the red problems with all of my K-2 students. My third graders know to start with the red problems, and if they want a challenge (which they often do!) they’ll try the blue and green problems. My fourth graders start with the blue, then move onto the green. My fifth graders just enjoy completing as many of the problems as they can.
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