Saturday, March 1, 2014

Back on the Blogging Block

Okay… I know It’s been a while since I actually did some blogging. Sorry about that. But I’m back now to share a little of what we’ve been doing.

This year I have some really great mathematicians, and they are surprising me everyday with their thinking!!! Some days I end Math Morning Meeting literally blown away by some of their problem solving abilities.

I was trying to come up with a way to keep math problem solving abilities front and center, sort of like a spiral review without all the worksheets. I wanted something I could leave up all month long and something that covered lots of skills within a domain. So here’s what I came up with.


I am currently testing it out in my classroom, and my students are having fun completing one activity each day. I made 26 cards, a-z. This allows me to keep them up for the entire month. After they complete their daily story problem they can complete one card of their choice. Here are some examples.  

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In order to help them keep up with which cards they’ve completed I simply stapled a cover to half sheets of white copy paper. After I gave each student their books I instructed them to fold the white pages in half, that way they could complete two cards per page, front and back. I also made them an insert so they could color in the letter of each card they completed.

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So far they are loving it, and I get to see each of their individual thinking on paper. On all of the cards they have to show their thinking. I am working on an April one that I hope to upload to TpT.

So there you have it. How do you structure spiral reviews in your classroom?

Have a great  rest of the weekend!


  1. Hey Pauline! I'm working on it! Should be up by this weekend.


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