Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Are the Other Kids Doing? Wednesday Linky

Thanks so much for stopping by! Today is the first day of our brand-new Wednesday linky--What are the other kids doing? It's a linky dedicated to sharing independent practice activities that you use with your students that make it possible for you to meet with small guided math groups.  Many teachers call them math centers or workstations--whatever you call them, these activities are designed to engage students in meaningful practice away from the teacher. 

This week's topic is math vocabulary!

Many moons ago, I attended an amazing workshop presented by Susan O'Connell--Writing About Mathematics.  It was a conference geared toward 3rd-8th grade teachers, and at the time I taught 5th grade.  Immediately after attending the conference, I began to integrate many of the ideas she shared.  Today I would like to share several of these wonderful vocabulary activities that I have adapted for my second graders.

Eliminate It! -- This is an activity that can be used with words, numbers, fractions, models, etc.  The possibilities are many.  The gist---students are given four words and they must eliminate one that does not belong with the others, and they must justify their choice. 

Describe It! -- In this activity students are given three words they must use in describing a specific math term/concept.

Riddle It! -- Just like it sounds, students write riddles!  Riddles are written about various math terms/concepts.

Group & Label -- This is the classic list, group, and label activity without the 'list'.  Students are given a set of word cards and group them any way they like, but they must be able to justify why they grouped them as they did.  Then students assign a label to each group and create a word web.

I {Heart} Math -- My kids love games!  Students play this game in pairs by drawing words/meanings from a baggie and covering words on their game boards.  The object is to be the first to cover three in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.


Here are a few other math vocabulary activities my students enjoy:
  • Word/Meaning Match Up Activities
  • Vocabulary 4-Squares (meaning, illustration, real-life examples, and related words)
  • Math Crosswords & Word Finds (given meanings as clues to find)

Lastly, I have a product in my TpT store that I use for word work in reading and will be starting to use during guided math time this year--Roll It! Vocabulary Word Work.  It can be used with various grade levels/content areas, AND you can enter to win one of two copies!


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Courtney recommends the following:

Math Vocabulary Journal -- Draw & Write by Jen Ross - Teacher by the Beach


Please feel free to link up your math vocabulary ideas or share your ideas in a comment!  Click here to learn more about the linky!

A couple shout outs...

Coming VERY Soon!

You MUST visit us on August 23 for a fabulous blog hop---Math Books That Will Change Your Teaching! The hop was organized by Brandi at The Research Based Classroom!

Here's how the hop will work:
  • Visit our blog and read about a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED math teaching resource.
  • Enter our drawing to win a copy of the book!
  • Hop to the next blogger, the next, and the next... to read about more fabulous math teaching resources and enter for a chance to win each of them!!

Texts on Tuesdays: Part 2 of a 3-Part Book Study

Meg has posted her second discussion of Laney Sammon's, Building Mathematical Comprehension, over at The Teacher Studio.  You don't want to miss a chance to learn about chapters 4-6!

Thank you again for stopping by!


  1. Love the vocabulary workstations! Especially since there is not one "right answer". Thanks!

    Apples, Owls, and Peppermint Mochas

  2. Thank you for organizing this Linky! It is always great to see the link between ELA and math.

    Mr Elementary Math Blog

  3. Fantastic!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to challenge my students with these!

  4. Thank you! Our kids are having fun and learning new things . This looks like so much fun for them.

    kids Kindergarten