Do you find it hard to discover math videos that you can instantly apply in your classroom? If this is you, then I would love to share three of my free “Must See” Math Videos. Before I do the big reveal, I want to share a quick story about how I got started creating math videos.
I created my blog, Mr Elementary Math, so that I could share elementary math strategies, ideas, and resources with other teachers. Writing a blog has been a great journey. I get to write about my favorite topic, math! However, I kept thinking that some of my ideas would come across better if people could actually see me doing them.
I started to brainstorm ways to make this happen (slide share, informative photos, etc.). I asked my wife what should I do and in a very matter of fact voice she said, “Make videos.” So here we are today.
I’ve always been interested in video, but honestly, I was a little apprehensive to jump in. I knew video was probably the best way to share math ideas and strategies. After all I’m a visual learner.
In my head, I was still on the fence, but then along came Facebook Live. I’m not going to lie: At first, creating a Facebook Live video was scary. ESPECIALLY because it was going to be live! After much encouragement, research, and prayer, we picked an old blog post and a day of the week to get started.
We set up a makeshift video studio and I did some dry runs and found myself stumbling over my words. However, I did get more comfortable over time. And that is how Math Mondays were born.
So enough of my back story. Now I would like to share 3 of my most popular FREE math videos. By the way, there is something for everybody!
My Very 1st Video – How to Use Interactive Number Lines to Build Number Sense
In this video, I share how to use an interactive number line to build number sense with kindergarten and 1st grade students. The thing that makes this video stand out the most is that I model with a vertical number line. Yes, I said vertical! If you want to find out why, watch the video.
I also show how you can use ten frames and base ten models on a number line to build conceptual understanding. All you need to get started is painters’ tape and the Number Line Number Sense Activity Pack within 150.
In this video I also:
- share strategies to introduce the number line to your whole group
- discuss how to use pictorial representations to deepen understanding
- model several activities including the Mystery Number activity (which kids LOVE!)
One of My Favorite Videos – How to Teach Rounding Using a Number Line
As a teacher, I often found rounding to be a challenging concept for students to understand. After using several different strategies, I discovered that my students were still not able to demonstrate their understanding independently. Then I read an article about how to use number lines to teach. I expanded on this idea and created a tool to make it even more visual.
Watch how I use different color sticky dots to get students to master rounding. Many teachers have commented on how this one strategy worked wonders with their students. Get started today by watching the video.
In this video I also:
- show you how to setup your number line
- share ways to get your students to work collaboratively
- share questions and sentence frames that can be easily added to your lesson
Video Where I had the Most Fun – 3 Routines for Building Number Sense
Over the years, I have found that students get bored answering basic math questions when reviewing number sense skills. However these same students may have number sense deficits, so I made the video 3 Math Routines to Build Number Sense.
In this video, I focus on the following three routines: Number Bounce, Number of the Day, and Scoot using Flip and Go math task cards. Number Bounce is a fun routine that involves a 20-second celebratory dance. Want to know more? Watch the video to find out. Your kids will LOVE it! This was probably the most fun I had on video.
In this video, I also:
- model how to do the Number Bounce Activity in your classroom
- talk about how you can differentiate Number of the Day for your kids
- explain how to play Scoot using Flip & Go math task cards
Overall my journey creating videos has included a lot of learning, reflection, and fun! I discovered that the process can be intimidating but also great because I am able to share math strategies with fellow educators. I hope you can use some of these strategies in your classroom.
Greg Coleman, also known as Mr Elementary Math, has been an educator since 2003. In addition, he has served as an elementary Math Instructional Coach since 2010. He loves supporting Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers in providing great math instruction. Be sure to check Greg out on TpT, Facebook, and Pinterest.