Solving for Box





Hello November!  The leaves are gorgeous, and this crazy Arkansas weather is finally settling in to some cool, Fall weather so I can break out my boots and scarves!

Fall weather isn't the only thing getting cooler around here! #cheesysegway I'm bringing ya another "cool" dollar deal to kick off November!  #thisyearsflyingby

This dollar deal is one of my absolute favs!  Based on the hit video, my first grade mathematicians solve for box by singing...

I love this because it's no prep so it's a staple in my Sub Tubs!

Another reason I love it is because it's a different twist for our fact fluency routines.  This past week, I used this in place of my normal fact fluency routines because we have been focusing on the structure of our math mysteries with Math Practice #7: I can look for and use structure. {Grab the posters HERE.}

We've been mixing up our math mysteries by doing story problems with the middle missing to (missing addends, etc...)  I thought solving for boxes at the beginning, middle and end of our equations would be a great way to connect our fact fluency to what we were doing during math mysteries!

Just "new" it....LOVE!
I love that this packet makes kids notate their thinking and explain their strategies instead of just memorizing or copying off of a friend!  Takin' that math thinking on up to the next level, ya'll! :)

And while the kid samples above show lots of great thinking and strategies, most of my babies looked like this...

#keepinitreal

But that's okay...because now I know just from this little activity that we need to start talking about showing some flexibility in our strategies and showing lots of different ways to solve problems!

....good thing there are 35 pages of no-prep fun solving for box!  We've got a lot of growing to do!  Catch this steal of a dollar deal HERE...

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