Mr. Jones' Room

1st-4th Math Coach Constantly Searching for New Ideas

Square Tile Pyramid

Act I How many tiles do you think are in this square pyramid? Write an estimate that is too high. Write an estimate that is too low. Act II Useful … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Tiles – 3 Act Task

This is a 3-Act that stemmed from one of the Estimation Visuals I created around my room this year. This is very similar to Andrew Stadel’s File Cabinet 3 Act. … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tallest Buildings in the World Lesson

I’ve become somewhat obsessed…ok, not somewhat, extremely obsessed with estimation lately. As I’ve done more with my 1st-4th graders, I’ve realized that many students have no idea how to estimate. Activities like Andrew Stadel … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Line Plots, Maps, and Expectations.

In 4th grade, the students are working on measurement and data. I was thinking of ways I could combine the two and decided to try and print out maps of … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Multiplying Fractions – 3 Act-ish Activity

UPDATE: Student work from the lesson itself is down below all the slides. I think it went relatively well. The students had a hard time coming up with some of the … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Few People That Inspired Me Today…

It is very difficult to find a teaching job on or near Long Island. We’ve been searching for jobs since the Spring of 2011. By we, I mean my fiancé … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

VERY Premature Post of the Seinfeld Bottle Deposit PrBL

Update: After some feedback this is where I’m at with this lesson. I don’t know that I’m going to give them all the formulas/equations/information. Those may turn into blank slides … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 9 Comments

UPDATE: Man Vs. Food PrBL

It’s amazing how a simple comment/suggestion can shape a lesson. @mrjones_math Grams of protein, carbs, fat, color, price. With tons of data, they have to sort through the extra. What do you … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Number Gymnastics and Open Number Lines

Everyone in elementary math should get familiar with Exit 10a and the great stuff Joe Schwartz is doing. It’s been great seeing some things that I can then use in my … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Man Vs. Food PrBL

This idea is in its infancy right now, just a random thought I put up on Twitter a few days ago. How about getting clips from man vs food challenges and … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 2 Comments