The SMARTBoard is also used during our math centers. Typically, the SMARTBoard is a center during my math time. There will be 2-3 kids on the it at a time and they take turns doing different games on the SMARTBoard. It is a fun time for them because they get to use it all by themselves. I enjoy it at the same time because I can easily see what skills kids are practicing.
Bringing Reading into Math:
So I (Aylin) don’t have too much to add on this topic seeing I’m a Reading Specialist and actually haven’t taught Math in 4 years- yikes! But Amanda is definitely a Math expert and she has tons of great ideas! I just wanted to include one idea though that I think is super important and necessary in teaching math and of course it relates to reading- ha! 🙂 It is so important to incorporate reading into all content areas including Math which can be done through Math themed read alouds. I actually like to do the reverse as well where I include content area concepts into my reading lessons. Reading A-Z has awesome non fiction books including ones with Math topics which my little friends really love. I’ve found that these non fiction Math themed books have helped get some of my little friends more engaged who weren’t so interested in my other guided reading books. You do have to pay for Reading A-Z, but I find it definitely worth the subscription if your school is looking for some new guided reading books. I personally love how quickly you can access a large variety of books at all levels!
The pic below is the PDF version of the above Reading A-Z book pulled up on one of my little friend’s computers. The other half of the screen is his reading response activity. I love the way the PDF of the book can be open right next to our reading response log on their computer screens so my little friends are constantly referring back to their text to complete their graphic organizer or whatever we are using! I know most people have iPads instead of MacBooks so check out this post here for a quick way to get your Reading A-Z (or any other) PDF’s on the iPad.
So I know this part wasn’t totally math related and not too much technology but just wanted to add a little something. 🙂