What is greater than ‘done-for-you’ math warm-ups?
‘Done-for-you’ math warm-ups designed to implement immediately in your classroom for the WHOLE YEAR.
When I started creating resources for other teachers in my content area, I knew that to be really helpful, I would need to look at teacher pain points and create resources that make teachers’ lives easier. So, I really started asking myself, “What do 4th and 5th-grade teachers frequently need to create, but rarely have the time to create well?” The answer I came up with was reviews and warm-ups.
As educators we spend so much of the little content creation time we have developing concepts for direct instruction, creating assessments, and working through lessons and activities, but when it comes to basic review (which all students need), our efforts are sometimes lagging because we all know we can just “throw something together” to fulfill that need.
With that in mind, I set out to create a math warm-up for the busy teacher. Something that could either integrate into the full-class environment, be assigned independently to students, or given to a Special Education teacher for a small group activity or pull-out. I wanted to create something that was similar enough every day to create a routine, so students can conquer the task independently with little direction, yet creative enough to hold off the feeling of redundancy or “been-there-done-that.”
What I ended up with was daily math warm-ups for the full year all designed to spiral in and formatively assess previously-learned content for fourth and fifth-grade classes.
How does it work?
Each slide in the digital warm-up looks a lot like this.
Most slides in the series have a decimal or number of the day which students write out in word form, expanded form, and manipulate images to represent the decimal with base-ten blocks.
Then students complete a quick-check of previously learned information. The quick-checks become more complicated as the students progress through the semester, and the slides use images and digital manipulatives to keep the activities fresh. Some days, students will identify the fractions represented from the images, and other days students will measure angles with a digital protractor.
Lastly, students are asked to complete the ‘Spiral Review’ which uses word problems to integrate previously learned information into the real-world. I talk about spiraling content frequently on the blog, so if you want to learn more check out this post about generally using games to spiral and review content or this post about using digital game boards for review.
Most slides use the categories listed above, but a few also include some mental math practice or other similar activities to keep students engaged and reviewing.
Distributing Your Math Warm-ups
These slides can be projected on the whiteboard for students to work through as a group, or they can be printed out and give to students to complete with pencil and paper, or they can be assigned individually to students through Google Classroom or another learning management system. Whatever you decide to do, these slides can easily be adapted to work for any learning environment.
To take away some of the learning curve, I have included a ‘how to’ video inside the resource to help you assign the math warm-ups to your students on Google Classroom.
Timing and Assessment
These warm-ups are intended to be short 10-15 minute activities for students to either do as a bell-ringer, in a center, or as homework.
The resource includes a printable answer key, so students can self-check their answers, or teachers can take the group through the answers and review questions that students had particular issues with.
This resource, although easily accessible, is not intended to be a summative assessment. Using these slides as a warm-up or review allows students to practice both old and new concepts while continuing their learning. Teachers can use the formative data from these activities to determine if concepts need to be retaught or explained in a new way; however, the goal of the activity is not to show mastery.
My year-long Math Warm-up resource includes:
- 180 pages of problems separated into four Google slides or PowerPoint files.
- Teacher’s guide with tips and tricks for the resource
- 180-page answer key with tutorials for printing (if needed)
- Video tutorials showing how to access the files and assign them in Google Classroom
- Support for using the resources from me
- ONE EDITABLE slide in case you have something specific you want your students to work on
However, if you are not certain if the warm-up is for you, I’ve got a Math Warm-up FREE SAMPLE that you can download right now to get a better idea of how the resource can be used in your classroom.
What are your teacher’s pain points? What would you love to see in a math warm-up? Let me know in the comments.