As we well know, our teaching minutes are precious. Every minute must count! Using starters offers an additional opportunity to get your students thinking mathematically from the first moments of class– the best moments because it’s a chance to “hook” your students right from the start.
|Number of the Day
Starters are critical thinking activities designed to get the students thinking about math and provide opportunities to “sneak” in grade level content and skills in a fun and engaging way. Designed to take no more than 5 minutes of instructional time, starters can include a variety of tasks. In order to get the most out of the time, I have a different starter for each day of the week. Here’s an example of my most recent schedule for starters:
|Number Sense Tiling Task
- Monday– Number of the Day
- Tuesday– Critical Thinking Task (usually involving the use of number tiles)
- Wednesday– Today’s Number
- Thursday– Vocabulary
The above schedule is most recent, but I tend to change this schedule depending on the needs of my students.
The list of options for starters is endless. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:
- Number of the Day
- Number Clues- Using clues, students determine the number (0 – 9) being described
- Place Value Puzzler- Using clues, students build a mystery number
- Weight Logic- from Marcy Cook Math
- Cover It Daily on the Hundred Chart- from Marcy Cook Math
- Find the X Tile- from Marcy Cook Math
- “I’m Thinking of a Word Wall Word . . .”
- Find the Relationship
- Swat-it!– can use with vocabulary or number sentences
- I Have . . . Who Has? Games
- Tiling Tasks
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