Thursday, 30 August 2012

Grade C Card Sort


Its a series of 'worksheets' split into different topics. They are all different types of questions mainly grade C according to the topic. What I have done is adjusted the worksheets slightly and then printed them off as card sorts in different colours as you can see below. This just makes the whole process of revising a little more engaging for those students who 'really can't be bothered' as they say. I have put up a picture of the cards so you can see a snapshot of the content. 

The way I delivered the lesson is I put the students into groups of 3, asked student 1 to pick a question for student 2 and student 3 to check the answer. This worked really well for the groups I introduced them to as it initiated discussion between them. It was clear to see some students are stronger than others at the different topics and so they helped each other with questions they found difficult.

Things I would change is the colour coding on the cards. If you look at the cards they are all in subgroups. Ideally I should have printed out each subgroup accordingly onto different coloured card so it would be easier for the students to see the different groups and work on the questions according to group. But...I was trying to save the trees and so printed them all onto the same colourJ

I have just the picture below for now. As soon as I figure out how to upload the document I will do so.

2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I came across your blog via David Wees, and as a fellow mathematics educator I thought you might be able to help in spreading the word about an educational TV show for preteens about math that we're putting together. "The Number Hunter" is a cross between Bill Nye The Science Guy and The Crocodile Hunter -- bringing math to children in an innovative, adventurous way. I’d really appreciate your help in getting the word out about the project.

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    I studied math education at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida. It became clear to me during my studies why we’re failing at teaching kids math. We're teaching it all wrong! Bill Nye taught kids that science is FUN. He showed them the EXPLOSIONS first and then the kids went to school to learn WHY things exploded. Kids learn about dinosaurs and amoeba and weird ocean life to make them go “wow”. But what about math? You probably remember the dreaded worksheets. Ugh.

    I’m sure you know math is much more exciting than people think. Fractal Geometry was used to create “Star Wars” backdrops, binary code was invented in Africa, The Great Pyramids and The Mona Lisa, wouldn’t exist without geometry.
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    If you could consider posting about the project on your blog, I’d very much appreciate it. Also, if you'd be interested in link exchanging (either on The Number Hunter site, which is in development, or on StatisticsHowTo.com which is a well-established site with 300,000 page views a month) please shoot me an email. We're also always looking for input and ideas from other math educators!

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    Stephanie
    andalepublishing@gmail.com
    http://www.thenumberhunter.com
    http://www.statisticshowto.com
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/564889170/the-number-hunter-promo

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  2. Hello!

    Thank you for sharing your innovating teaching ideas. What a great way to get the students dynamically involved with the subject matter... They appreciate you!

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