Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Math Checklists

Last year, I created simple close reading checklists for my students to use in the classroom. The goal was to help students slow down and think about the process of reading through a passage or text that was new to them.

The process of going through "steps" really worked well for them. We only had to use the checklists for a few lessons before the students could mentally go through the process in their heads. The students could verbally talk be through the steps, and it was evident that they were applying the strategy when they looked at a text.

A few weeks ago, we began our double-digit subtraction and addition units. The kiddos worked so hard, and really made me proud with their willingness to persevere through the math problems. However, I found that as we began to work on mixed problems(addition and subtraction together) that they would become confused. They were not looking at the math symbols nor thinking about if they should regroup/borrow or just solve.

So, I went back to my checklist idea from Reading last year and made one for double digit subtraction. We used it in class today, and one of my kiddos said, "Hey!This helps!".

Hopefully, it will help your students as well. Students can pick them up from their math tubs and use them or they can be taped down on the desk beside the name tag. I laminated them and students use a dry erase marker so they can be used over and over again.

You can download the double-digit subtraction version here for FREE in my TPT store. I will be adding more math checklists soon so make sure to check back.

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