Monday, May 23, 2011

Math Differentiation

Differentiation is the buzz word at my school this year.  Though it's been something that we naturally do as teachers all the time (hopefully).   I recently read that math drills are not enough for students to learn their facts.  Some students will quickly learn them no matter what and others will struggle no matter what.  The first priority in teaching students the multiplication facts is that they understand the process of multiplication.  Our math curriculum does a great job of helping the students master this.  So now we drill.  But just oral drilling and flashcards isn't effective for all students-enter DIFFERENTIATION!  
Each day this week I will post a math facts lesson that has been differentiated.  Most of these ideas can be used for any math facts: multiplication, division, subtraction or addition.

Monday: Today we made "math catchers" to practice our 4 times tables. First we followed these directions to fold the paper: Then, we labeled the flaps with the 4 times tables.
Next, we challenged each other!
We had lots of fun practicing our math facts!


  1. I like your shine math! I have used something similar except that I use a piece of colored poster board cut into a long skinny T. The kids put the answer part in the cross of the T. Just makes it easier for the shorter ones to reach those numbers if they have a handle.

    Thanks for a great blog!

  2. OMG - LOVE this idea ... I'm going to try it in a 3rd grade classroom tomorrow where they write the facts they don't know (from playing a game) to practice.

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. Thanks for sharing. I will put it to good use!

  4. Thank you! This was a big hit in my class this morning!

  5. Thank you for sharing this idea! We will practice multiplication at home... ;)
    It is so funny in the video how the numbers 1, 4, 5, 7 are written! We write them in a different way (result is the same certainly)...

  6. Do you have some differentiation ideas for teaching one step equations? I need it for a HQT class in Math.
    A. Ferguson