This year I really wanted to embrace using math exemplars with my kinder kiddos. I was also lucky enough to have great new technology in my room like my smartboard. Trying to integrate this technology with the hands on, manipulative learning that my kids need has been and continues to be a goal of mine. This week I wanted to share how we used our math exemplars along with manipulatives, the smartboard, and our journals to do some amazing problem solving and recording!
The first thing that I did was to post the exemplar problem on the smartboard. I have math first thing in the morning, so the kids came into the room, unpacked and then began to decode the problem. They are allowed to help each other decode the problem while I help students finish coming in. Here is the problem.
Dylan has a box of craft sticks. Dylan needs 100 craft sticks to make a toy boat. Dylan puts his sticks into groups of 10. Dylan has eight groups. Does Dylan have enough sticks to make a toy boat? Show and tell how you know.
After everyone is unpacked and has had a chance to decode the problem. We met together as a whole group. We used shared reading to decode the problem together. We then used the colored pens to mark the information that we thought would be helpful in solving the problem. I used to do this on chart paper but it is so much fun to do it on the smartboard now!) I use name sticks to call on students to come up and highlight/circle the information. We always start by circling the question in green. We always want to know what is the problem asking us to do, first. We also write down what type of answer we will be finding. In this case it was a "yes" or "no".