Learning is: Mastering Fact Families
Visit Dawn Wilson’s first grade classroom at AJ Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in Greenville County Schools, South Carolina. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in studying addition and subtraction facts.
The Big Idea
By completing a series of interactive centers featuring Discovery Education Streaming Plus instructional strategies and curated content, Ms. Wilson’s first graders practiced their addition and subtraction understanding and fluency. After exploring the resources and peer-to-peer discussion, students master facts, understand their own learning, and show what they know.
Learn more by stepping into a 360 degree view of Ms. Wilson’s classroom. Here are tips to maximize the experience:
- After launching the 360 degree image, spin your view to find the pin that reads Begin Here. Play the embedded video to meet Ms. Wilson as she shares what students are learning.
- Just as students rotate through the centers, follow the pins in numerical order. Each numbered pin contains an embedded video that describes what students are doing in each station to support their learning.
- Don’t take our word for it: hear from Ms. Wilson and see examples of her students’ learning by selecting the pins with images.
Interested in creating a similar experience in your class? Check out the strategies and resources used by Ms. Wilson. You can also explore additional resources and lesson plans by utilizing the updated Search by Standards feature within your Discovery Education resources.
Setting the Stage: As Ms. Wilson opened her daily lesson, she started by reviewing what her students know about addition and subtraction with the use of a video segment, Addition and Subtraction: Words, Symbols, and Number Sentences, from Discovery Education Streaming Plus. A quick review of what students were to accomplish in each station had them ready to get started.
Station One: Students created visual representations of addition problems with two-colored circles and popsicle sticks. By selecting a card with a number sentence and recreating the problem using circles, students could solve the equation and self-check their thinking.
Station Two: Using Scrambled Please (CND), a strategy from the Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies series, students unscrambled the mixed up steps of how to solve a word problem. Then, they used the sequenced steps to solve problems together, employing their problem solving strategies.
Station Three: Ms. Wilson asked students to show their learning using the SeeSaw application. Students used the screen and audio recording features to solve subtraction problems, showing and narrating their thinking through multiple representations. Their recordings allowed Ms. Wilson to better review what her students can do independently.
Station Four: At the class SMART table, Ms. Wilson selected differentiated games and assignments for the groups to do that reinforced their learning about addition and subtraction.
Station Five: Students learned that solving addition and subtraction problems is truly a matter of balancing two sides of an equation. Through a series of guided investigations, partners created visual representations of the balanced equations and applied that learning to solving their own problems.
Station Six: Students played a mental math game in groups of three. The person at the “mountain top” would wait for each of the other two students to draw a card and hold it to their foreheads. The “mountain top” added the two cards together and announced the total. The other students would then try to quickly figure out their own mystery card by subtracting from the total given by their classmate.