Math Menus

I really thought I'd be on this little blog more once summer started. But with the wedding now practically a month away, that is where my focus has been. It makes me nervous since my to-do list for next school year continues to grow and I am barely crossing things off.

One thing I did accomplish which I am proud of are math menus to go with our math curriculum: Math Expressions. We have an intervention model in our school where I have independent workers while I am working with a small group. Last year was tough trying to pull activities together for them that they are able to do completely by themselves, motivates them, challenges them, and keeps them focused. That is a huge task for 7-9 year olds. We've learned that the model is not changing next year, meaning I'll need to continue to problem solve to make this time of the day meaningful for all my students. My team discussed doing a rotation schedule to keep it interesting (math, reading, science, etc). I decided to put together math menus that allow choice for days when we might want some math focus. There are a variety ways of using it. I've organized them to follow our units. I might use them during the unit, or use it behind the unit. For example, if we are on unit 9 as a whole class, they would use math menu #8 since they should be able to do it all by themselves. However, I could do it the opposite way- if we are teaching unit 9 I would use math menu 10 to see what they can do with new content. Of course I could also just give them math menu 9 when we are doing unit 9 as whole class. Whichever way I use them, I hope it is beneficial.

If you don't use MX, this won't be as helpful to use, as I did incorporate differentiated activity cards and math center games that our curriculum supplies. There are some other activities I came up with that don't require those curriculum materials.

Some units have more choices than others (units range from 3 lessons up to 22 lessons). You can pick up all 14 math menus at my TpT store! Click the picture below to be taken to my store!




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  1. I'm a new 3rd grade teacher and I am using MX for the first time. Could you please email me your activity cards? I'd love to use this math menu for my students, but I can't because I don't have the activity cards. Thank you!! You can email me at lsadler1@gmail.com

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    1. I just emailed you. :) You'll need to check with your building/district if they have the activity cards (comes in a little box from the publishing company) or access Think Central (the online resource). I don't have the activity cards in any other form. Hope this helps :)

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