Math Warm-Ups January 7-11, 2013

Happy New Year!  I don’t know about you, but I was able to enjoy 16 days off between 2nd quarter and now and it was FABULOUS!  What a great gift to be able to spend two whole weeks with my family!  And now I am reenergized and ready to get back into a school groove. 🙂

So you know, if you’ve been here before, that math warm-ups are part of that groove.  This week I decided to revisit some older concepts (and by old I just mean beginning of the year–to a 5th grader that’s like an eternity ago!) just to remind them that they still need to know how to do this stuff!  Thankfully, most had not forgotten.


IMG103Ok, so I guess I lied about them all being oldies-but-goodies.  This one was actually based on a problem from an end-of-unit assessment that pretty much everyone got wrong!  I really needed to reiterate the fact that it’s really important to think LOGICALLY when you’re doing math.  The answer to that problem that most people said–1/18–doesn’t make ANY sense!  How the heck do I make 1/18 of a bow?!


IMG104Again, I wanted to make sure they had a solid understanding of the difference and the connection between multiplying and dividing fractions.






IMG110This one ended up being a lot easier than I first anticipated.  I was really close to making it have the “rules” of being a fraction problem, but decided to give them a try with a less complicated one until they tackled a more difficult one.  There were promises for more of these next week where they can stretch their creative math muscles!  Can’t wait to see what they do. 🙂

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