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Helping children become mathematicians!Thu, 04 May 2017 04:26:12 +0000hourly1http://wordpress.com/Comment on Calgary City Teachers’ Convention: Seeing Dots by Focus on Math
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Thu, 04 May 2017 04:26:12 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=1273#comment-1023Hi Yvonne. Can you please email me directly and I will send you what you need. Yes, the dropbox links are no longer working and I have not yet decided how I am going to change things. Email address is in the “about me” section on the site. ðŸ™‚
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Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:51:10 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=1273#comment-1022Hello ðŸ™‚ What an amazing site! I’m glad I found it – I’m from New Zealand ðŸ™‚ Just wondering how one can access your 100’s dot array and your other resources as the dropbox link says the file can not be found or has been made private.
Thanks so much!
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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:59:33 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=1323#comment-984Excellent idea!
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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:49:03 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=987#comment-979I am presently back in Fort St. John, BC for the current school year (2016-2017) although I still have a home base in Comox, BC.
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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:47:45 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=835#comment-978I used the lesson with a class of grade 5 students, Shawnah, but it is appropriate at any point that students are dealing with area (in different provinces, states, or countries that may be introduced into the curriculum at different grade levels). Actually, once students understand the area model of multiplication it is a useful lesson as well. I remember someone telling me the story of a university professor who was a bit surprised at the picture of square number — he was used to thinking of the concept on in symbolic form and had never visualized the fact that it actually can be shown to be a literal square. We are getting better at helping students to visualize in mathematics, and I think this is a good addition to our visual tools!
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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:04:32 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=835#comment-977Love it! For which grade did you intend the lesson? I teach fifth.
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Sat, 29 Oct 2016 02:01:42 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=987#comment-973Where are you located?
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Fri, 27 May 2016 19:11:02 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=1099#comment-920Thanks for your wonderfull work!!! Expecially the french version!!!! it’s just perfect material for visualization. It ‘s also easy for the students to manipulate.
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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:18:08 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=1195#comment-916Hi Vicky. The “real world connection” on the number of the day sheet refers to somewhere in the real world that the number is used. This is applicable for relatively small numbers (e.g., for 5, the real world connection might be the number of school days in a week, the number of fingers on one hand, the number of people in my family, the number of carrot sticks in my lunch, etc.) or for larger numbers (e.g. for 97, the real world connection might be that it is more days than is in three months, about how many dollars my brother’s new basketball shoes cost, about how many kilometers away my auntie lives, etc.). Note that for larger numbers the idea of “about” is very useful because we don’t always know exact things for these. Still, we want children to have an opportunity to develop a sense of numbers in the real world, and to do so they need practice in thinking about that connection.
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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:05:56 +0000http://focusonmath.wordpress.com/?p=1059#comment-915Hi Vicky. Thanks for your question. If you look at the full set of dot cards you will see that many of them are non-traditional. All of them, however, have students look at numbers in an interesting and unique way. With a dot outside the ten frame (and some of the other dot cards have some in the frame as well as one or two out of the frame) the student must mentally move it into the frame to think about the number being represented. Others dot cards use the frames in other non-traditional ways. For instance, there is a card with six dots, but instead of the usual five and one configuration, the card has a not-yet-full column of four dots with two in the other column. The more ways students practice seeing numbers, the more powerful will be their thinking in using numbers!
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