As an end of the year assignment, students were given a project. Their assignment, work as a group to create a video about any math topic that we learned about this year.
One of our goals for math this year was not just to learn but to learn the subject area well enough that we felt we could teach it to other students. That idea led to many math videos we created and eventually to the creation of the the Student Math Movie wiki. The students picked a topic they felt they could teach to others so they ended up creating videos about 3 x 2 digit multiplication, converting fractions to decimals, adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, long division, and probability.
We hope our videos will help you out in learning about these different topics!
*What was your favorite math project this year?*
*What other math videos would you like to see?*
*If you’ve never made a math video before, what’s your favorite way to learn math topics?*
Dear Mr Avery,
Well, I was forming my comment in my mind as I read your terrific post about maths videos but Mrs Morris has said everything I would have said! 🙂
When I was at primary school I used to love doing times tables! We would have times tables races, complete timed worksheets and have times tables tests.
I wonder how your maths (oops, I mean math!) lessons are structured? Usually we have whole class maths activities, but ocassionally we have maths groups where we rotate around a variety of activities and games each day for the week.
We always start our maths lessons together on the floor in front of the interactive whiteboard and we finish the lesson with share time at the end. We share our findings, strategies and difficulties during share time.
I am sure you will produce many wonderful maths videos next year when you teach sixth grade maths and science!
Your other Aussie blogging buddy,
Dear Miss Jordan,
I used to love doing my times tables too. My favorite was a game we played called Around the World. You would stand up behind another student. You’d have to get your math fact correct first and then you’d get to move on to the next student. You tried to get all the way around the classroom. I loved it!
Our math/maths class is structured much in the same way as yours. We’ll do a lot of whole class activities but we’ll also do groups/centers sometimes.
We’ll definitely be continuing our math videos next year! I’m looking forward to making more!
Dear Mr Avery,
We have never made a maths video in 2KM and 2KJ however I think you have inspired us to give it a try sometime! Another thing we need to try is a green screen!
Making maths videos is a really good idea because to be able to explain something well, you have to be really able to understand it.
When we are learning maths topics we use lots of resources on our interactive whiteboard as well as things like counters and number charts.
Mathletics is also popular at our school for learning maths. Have you guys used it?
Your blogging buddy,
PS – did you notice we say maths in Australia and you say math. Sometimes our students say math when they are trying to be funny!
Dear Mrs. Morris,
We have never tried mathletics before. What do you have to do for that?
We love using the interactive whiteboard. Unfortunately we only have a couple of them in the school so we don’t always get to keep it in our class. Hopefully we’ll be able to purchase more in the future so we can always have one in our class.
I did notice that many other countries say maths while we say math. I think it’s interesting how we say it differently!