Monday, November 26, 2012
Since adopting the Common Core State Standards this year, I've definitely had to make some adjustments to my math plans. Georgia has grouped the Common Core Standards into 7 teaching units. (with an 8th unit for "show what you know")
I have been creating Unit Tests (or formative assessments) for my team to use to assess our students. We give our students a pre-test before a unit, and then formally assess them at the end of the unit with a post-test. We use data to group our students based on the pre-test. I've found this to be a huge help with differentiating instruction because I'm able to group my students better with this information.
The challenge has been coming up with fantastic tests for these units that will be challenging, involve real-world problems, and also include all of the common core standards for each unit. I've been working very hard on these, and I've finally finished them all. Here it is: 5th Grade Math Test Bundle - Entire Year
I'm so excited to see how the kids do with these tests. We've already completed our first 3 units and today we pre-tested Unit 4: Fractions and will get underway with this new unit tomorrow.
Fractions can definitely be a difficult task to tackle, especially with such a wide range of learners. Many students have already had experiences with fractions, while others have had very little exposure to them. I'm definitely going to be looking into ways to differentiate this unit so that I can meet the needs of all my students. I look forward to sharing these ideas as I get them.