Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cooperative Learning Rubric

My kiddos love working in cooperative groups. Let’s face it, they love to talk. I am tickled pink when they are talking about math, not so much when they get distracted and start talking about their weekends.

Each time we start a new task, I let my students select their own group. My rule is they are only allowed one person to be the same from the last group. I tell them to stand up push in their chairs and then I give them 1 minute to find a new seat. If they are not seated after one minute, I find a seat for them. For some classes, I have a few students that do not work well together. In these cases, I sit each one of these students down at different groups prior to starting the 1 minute clock. The other students will then fill in around them.

I few years ago, I created a cooperative learning rubric that works well with my students. I recently updated the rubric with adorable troll clipart, and I would like to share it with you.

Before I use the rubric with a class, I teach them HOW to work in a group. I let them model appropriate group behaviors. I show them quality work. I may have to do this throughout the year, depending on the class.

I print the rubric on half pages and give one to each group. I know not everyone agrees to competition in the classroom. I am a very competitive person and somehow can’t help turning everything into a game or competition. I tell my classes the group with the highest score will be rewarded. This is where knowing you class is valuable. What reward will be the most beneficial. Some classes like to clip up on our behavior chart, others like candy, while others like earning math game time.  As students get more proficient at working in groups, start using the reward more sporadically. Do not get rid of it all together, but keep them guessing.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mingle Math

This week, I combined the getting to know you game, Mingle, with math skills and my students had a blast!!

This game requires each student to have a number card. I decided to use my rounding snowball fight numbers. I printed 16 pages per sheet, and they were the perfect size.

Directions for printing: Select the page range you want to print. I printed the 4th grade set so I printed pages 75 to 134. From the drop down arrow next to “preview” select “layout.” From the drop down arrow next to “pages per sheet” select “16.”

Game Setup:
1.   Split the class in half (One side for student still IN the game and the other side for student OUT of the game.)
2.   Make white boards and dry erase boards accessible to students.
3.   Optional make calculators available for students to check their work.
4.   Provide each student with a card with a number on it.

How to Play:
1.   Have the students walk around the IN side of the classroom silently mingling with one another. They may wave, high five, fist bump, etc.
2.   After about a minute, call out a group size such as groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or boy/girl partner.
3.   Students quickly form groups, then any student(s) not in a group is OUT.
4.   Once students are OUT they will move to the OUT side of the classroom, but they will continue to play on that side of the room.
5.   Once in groups, students will use their number cards to perform a mathematical task selected by the teacher such as: put the cards in order from least to greatest, add the numbers, subtract the largest number from the smallest number, round each number to the nearest hundred, etc.
6.   Students may check their work with a calculator after they finish.

7.   Repeat steps 1-6 until there are only 2 students left on the IN side of the room.