Laney Sammons' Guided Math has really made me think about my math instruction. Chapter Four is devoted to aspects of whole group teaching. She suggests using children's literature as an activating strategy for math lessons. Last year, my math class was right after my literacy block. Using fun pieces of literature to make the transition into our math lessons was a natural. I thought you might like this activity on Eve Merriam's 12 Ways to Get to 11. Read it aloud before a lesson on representing numbers in various ways. After using it with your whole group, you can put it in a math station for part of your math workshop.
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