My favorite part of teaching is finding creative ways to get the kids to 1) understand the content and 2) have FUN while doing it and 3) make connections in their brains that make the memories of the skills and activities permanent! I know, #3 is pretty much #1 and #2 combined, but it’s pretty important.
I have been pouring hours and hours into this life skills math unit I’m working on. I want students to understand the concept behind repeated addition and multiplication. For example, why is $1+$1+$1 the same as 3x$1?
And Google is FUN! Loads of fun! So, here’s what I did and I’d LOVE to know how you use Google and/ or hybrid lessons in your classroom, so please share in the comments!
I made small cards with food on them, labeled them with the name of the item, as some of them might not know things like eggplant or specialty cheese, and the price of each item. Then I printed them off and put small magnets on the back. I placed them on my magnetic white board and we went on a virtual shopping spree, all the while, adding up our ex
OK, so in the above picture, you can see things are not perfectly lined up. That is because my individual tags can be clicked, copied and pasted for students to do more advanced work towards the end of the lesson. More on that later.
The above image is a screenshot of my google slides presentation. Notice the bottom right corner indicates which part of the lesson we are on. This is the very beginning. You can use any projector, it doesn’t have to be a Smart Board or a Promethian Board.
After deciding what will be purchased, sort each item into a picture addition sentence to demonstrate how to combine the items. The slides are actually animated to indicate that you would bring the $0.98 price of the 2 bananas down to be added in the last addition sentence.
The next slide requires just the price of each item to be listed in the number sentence, which is becoming a little more abstract than when we were using the pictures. The format of the slides is exactly the same to promote consistency. The animations are also the same. Notice in the bottom right corner it still indicates the teacher is modeling how to solve the problem.
The teacher is still modeling with this slide. I like to use “Think Alouds” and talk through the process of “I saw in this first slide that we had 2 bananas at $0.49 a pound. What is another way that I could figure out how much money I need? I’m thinking I could multiply to figure this out. Let me check and see if I’m right….”
The next slide becomes more abstract, taking away the image of the item and instead only showing the prices, but the format is the same as it was with the addition sentence.
After the teacher has modeled this process a few times, the teacher and student then have an opportunity to work the problems out together. In this part of the activity, there are boxes for them to fill the prices in. They can just click on the box and it is editable.
The students also have slide templates where they can go back to that first set of images and copy and paste them into their own grocery lists as well as their own number sentences.
They can make lists and word problems for their friends to solve when they begin to master the concept!
Then when they are done, they can complete a Google Forms quiz that Google can grade for you. No worries, a tutorial for that is here.
If you think this looks like a fun activity to do with your students, it is available for purchase at my Teachers Pay Teachers store HERE. However, I wanted to share this with you so that you have the tools to customize your own lessons using Google technology. I can’t wait to dig in even deeper into the possibilities that Google has for educators and classrooms!
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