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Unit 9 Sharing Money / Splitting the Dough

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Shari Barton

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:52 pm    Post subject: Unit 9 Sharing Money / Splitting the Dough Reply with quote

i just thought I would share something that I found really helpful this year. On the written assessment Sharing Money Equally goal is assessed. {It is also the assessment required for the IMI journal.}

In order to prepare my students for the assessment of this goal, I used the Option 3 in Lesson 9.7. several times. It is called Sharing Money. But simply by changing the name from Sharing Money to "Splitting the Dough," I "tricked" the students into thinking it was a fun math game ... and it really turned out to be. They really got into handling that money, and became expert counters. I think I have a few future bank tellers on my hands!

The directions are clear and there is also a Math Master page that gives those directions and allows the students to record their information. I also made available the $10, $1, and coins as well. They would say they had to "go to the bank" when it was appropriate to make change. The sheets can be kept for assessment purposes, but I also had the game be a part of my teacher session during game day so that I could observe first hand.

The students that had a pretty good handle on the game, I partnered together. Other students that were having more difficulty, I had work with my teaching assistant one-on-one. I even played the game during a Side-By-Side with parents so they got involved as well. One suggested that I make it one of my Baggy Home Math games...which, of course, I did.

When it came to the written assessment, less than half got that particular question 100% correct. But I was pleased with the results because it is not a particular easy problem to solve. Other students had partially correct answers too. The success is in the difference from last years scores to this years... the added practice definitely helped my this years students become a bit more developed with this goal. Last year's students -- I just didn't fit the extra practice in and it showed.
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