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Make the Most of DynaMath–With Google Classroom! 

Engage all students at their level with just a few clicks

Marjorie Miller    

A student uses Google Classroom to read the DynaMath article she’s been assigned. 

Google Classroom is a popular tool for helping students stay engaged and organized throughout the learning process. The interface can be accessed from any computer via Google Chrome. It can also be used on any mobile device – regardless of the platform.

As a teacher, I really appreciate the fact that the DynaMath website allows me to sign in using my Google Classroom account. Check out this post from Catherine Wilshusen, DynaMath’s Online Editor, for tips on linking DynaMath Digital to your Google Classroom account.

Here are the top three time- and sanity-saving ways I utilize Google Classroom with DynaMath in my math classes.

1. Differentiation    

I work with students who are on several different reading levels. DynaMath includes two Lexile levels to choose from. I like to create different classes, or groups, on my Google Classroom page. That way I can share the appropriate reading level with each group. That’s something I can only do online! All of my students really enjoyed reading Mighty Good Teacher from the December 2019/January 2020 issue. They were each able to read it at the level that was best for them.

Another feature I enjoy using is searching DynaMath archives. I am able to locate articles, games, and videos on any concept we are currently working on in class. It makes it easy to personalize instruction and meet my students’ needs. DynaMath now allows me to share any resource I find on my students’ Google Classroom page.

2. Gaming   

What student doesn’t enjoy gaming? For each issue, DynaMath includes a cool math game online that relates to one of the math concepts addressed in the articles. My students cannot wait to see each issue’s game!

Using Google Classroom easily enables me to share the math game with each of my students. They are even able to access it from home for additional practice. We particularly enjoyed playing Train Builder this past month. My students loved working with fractions to assemble trains and make them run!

3. Rotation Math Stations

The connection between Google Classroom and DynaMath allows me to set up my stations with ease. It saves me lots of time and energy!

This past month I shared the Comparing and Ordering Decimals video on all of my students’ Google Classroom pages. After viewing the video, depending on the level of the group, the students completed the skill builder activities. The video was at their fingertips if they needed more instruction and practice with the concept.

With Google Classroom, I know my students always have easy access to the math materials they need, no matter what setting they’re working in. Gone are the days of lost worksheets and homework assignments!

Do you use Google Classroom in your math class? What are your favorite ways to pair it with DynaMath? Email our team at Scholastic and let us know!

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Marjorie Miller is a K-5 gifted education teacher at West Shore School District in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. She is currently in training to become an assistant principal.

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