# Engagement Archives - Page 7 of 8 - Mary Kienstra

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By: Mary Kienstra on: March 22, 2014 in: Engagement, fun, graphing, JFF, Math, pi day, pi day party *

Everyone loves a math party! Our pi day parties were late this year, but that didn’t matter. I changed the celebration to include 2 days this year, since last year was too rushed all in one day. This year is worked out very well – and we all had fun! Day 1: Students brought […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: March 6, 2014 in: Engagement, fun, Math, party, pi day, ratio *

Our favorite math holiday is coming up next week. It’s time to plan a party for your math students. Mathematicians have decided that 3.14 or March 14 is pi day – a day to celebrate math. I teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. They love pi day, even if they don’t fully understand the concept […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: February 27, 2014 in: current events, Discussion, Engagement, Math, Olympics *

Today was the day! I have always loved the Olympics and immersing my math students in these Winter Olympics seemed like a great way to show them math in the world. All three of my classes (3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) have been researching a specific event and learning about how math is used. Today […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: February 23, 2014 in: CCSS, Engagement, iPads, Math, tournament *

You just never know what will hook students and get them involved in the learning. This week, my students were absolutely obsessed with a fraction game on www.gregtangmath.com. The skill they were practicing was multiplying and dividing fractions. They were “playing” the game SATIS-FRACTION. We are preparing for the state tests here in Illinois. […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: February 12, 2014 in: Engagement, Math, math discussion, training wheels *

Training wheels help a young child to ride a bike. The little rider can’t really fall off the bike while riding with training wheels – they hold him up. With training wheels, kids take that risk to get on a bike and try it. This year, my students are using discussion cards as training […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: February 8, 2014 in: authentic audience, Engagement, Math, math videos, movie-star *

In the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, creating is the highest order thinking skill. It’s interesting if you think about it. Kids love to create. Yet often in school there are limited opportunities for kids to do any real creating. This year I have iPads in my classroom. (That changes everything – and that’s a topic for […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: January 31, 2014 in: coordinate grid, dance, Engagement, Math, movement, ordered pairs *

Every once in a while, you have to shake things up a bit. You have to keep them guessing. Keep them wondering. Engage them in a new way. Make them move! So, one morning, I brought in big sheets (3 ft. x 3 ft.) of craft paper, one for each student. I gave each student a […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: January 27, 2014 in: Engagement, Line up, Math, numeracy, vocabulary *

Do the students in your class have class numbers or birthdays or any way that they can describe themselves with a number? Use those numbers to get your students to engage in more numeracy thinking every day! Use these ideas when it is time to call on groups of students or to line up in […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: January 11, 2014 in: Collaboration, differentiation, Engagement, lanyard, Math *

My latest idea for improving math engagement is what I call, “Lanyard Math”. Funny thing about this is that it is just the same problems from the student book – presented in a new format that makes them very engaging. Lanyard math is actually an idea that […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: January 6, 2014 in: Engagement, grades, Math, measure *

Grade Less, Measure More.This is going to be my mantra for the remainder of this school year and beyond. I can measure student learning every day using many different kinds of tools: my own observations, written work, student discussions, exit slips, or whatever is going on in class. These are not necessarily graded measurements, but […]
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