Math Menus: A Recipe for Developing Number Sense (Grades 3-5)

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## Math Menus: A Recipe for Developing Number Sense (Grades 3-5)

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**Math Menus:**A Recipe for Developing Number Sense (Grades 3-5) Elizabeth Ward, PhD Elisabeth Johnston, PhD Wendi Earnheart Jessica Walls Amanda Wright**Math Menus**What is a math menu? • A way “to provide learning activities that can include problems, games, and investigations that students work on independently” • Required and optional tasks are given • Within a menu students are able to make choices of the optional tasks What is the purpose of math menus? • A way to give ownership of learning to the student • New concepts can be explored • Review older concepts Marilyn Burns, About Teaching Mathematics A K-8 Resource (Sausalito, CA: Math Solutions, 2007) p. 60.**Why Math Menus?**• Can’t see the forest for the trees • Students stay engaged in mathematics • Lowers affective filter • Lots of fun-for the students and you**Activities for Addition/Subtraction/Estimation Menu**• Shopping with $10 • Krypto**Illuminations website**• http://illuminations.nctm.org/ • Flip 5 cards, 6th is the target number • Basic and advanced version**Possible Solutions**• 3 + 7 – 10 + 5 – 4 = 1 • 10 + 5 – 7 – 4 – 3 = 1 • (7 * 5) – (10 * 3) – 4 = 1**Activities for Multiplication Menu**• Array Game • Product Game**Activities for Measurement Menu**• Cups and Gallons • Area and Perimeter Tic-Tac-Toe**Three-Shape Menu(Westphal, 2011)**• Complete one activity for each shape • Easy to understand**Tic-Tac-Toe Menu(Westphal, 2011)**• Three in a row • Might include free choice • Easy to use • Students might complete a product out of comfort zone**Meal Menu(Westphal, 2011)**• Select one item for each meal. • Dessert is extra • Real-world application**Give Me Five Menu(Westphal, 2011)**• Must earn five points • 2-5-8 version (10 points) • More points higher level thinking skill • More control over learning • Flexibility for different ability levels**Differentiating Instruction with Menus(Westphal, 2011)**• K-2, 3-5 books • Overview of different types of menus • How to grade items • Examples- • Numbers/Number Sense • Operations • Geometry • Measurement**Contact Information**• Elizabeth Ward, PhD ekward@txwes.edu • Elisabeth Johnston, PhD elisabeth.johnston@sru.edu