Number Games in Transition Activities

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If you are a lower level teacher who does a lot of transitioning within the classroom with your students, you might want to use some math to transition them from one place to another. Find out about number game in transition activities with help from an experienced educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Marija. I'm a mathematician, and today we're going to talk about number games in transition activities. So, if you are a lower level teacher who does a lot of transitioning within the classroom with your students, you might want to use some math to transition them from one place to another, instead of simply saying, row one, row two, get up. So, I like to use a lot of mental math. It's important for kids to start to be sharper at their mental math skills, and this is a really easy way to get them practicing and quick at it. When you're going to transition a row, instead of just choosing that row, or girls first, or boys first, I would come up with a problem that's not just one operation, but multiple ones. For example, you could say, the sum of five and ten divided by three, and multiplied by two. So, you give the kids all these sequences, and you see who can keep up with it, and who can do the quickest. So, the sum of five and ten is fifteen, divided by three is five, multiplied by two is ten. The first person to shout out ten is the one that moves on to your next transition activity. And then, so that it's not always you doing it, this makes it easier for you and more interesting for the kids, have the child who got the first one right make up the next mental math problem. So, when they can make them up, they can get better at them themselves, as well. My name is Marija, and I just showed you a number game transition to do.

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