I wanted to tell you about some AMAZING resources called "Hands-On Equations." I used this product with my 3rd-5th grade gifted and advanced students, but I also model-taught the basics to regular 3rd-5th grade classroom teachers from my two elementary schools.
This set of Hands On Equations Posters illustrates the terms and vocabulary used in teaching Hands On Equations. This set includes 3 full sets - each with a different border style in black and white. Color borders can be provided upon request. We have used these posters in our own classrooms and our students love them.
For this 5th grade math lesson, which corresponds to the Common Core Standards 5.MD.3, 5.MD.4, and 5.MD.5, the students use centimeter cubes to determine volume or surface area of certain 3D objects that are familiar to them. This is very hands on, integrating Gardner's multiple intelligence of bodily kinesthetic, and it also allows for students to work together in groups, following the Vygotsky's theory of gaining knowledge with peers.
Measuring Tall Objects using Shadow Math (Outdoor Discovery Activity)
Get em out of the classroom and into the sunshine with this fun, hands-on discovery activity! Students will discover the power of proportions as they learn to calculate the heights of very tall objects without actually measuring them.
Slope Foldable (Great for Math Interactive Notebooks)
Included is a foldable on slope. Students can use the foldable to help them study for a test. This is a great hands on activity for any grade level learning about slope. I have included a step by step instruction on how to complete the foldable. I also have a foldable on the Pythagorean Theorem in my store.
Adding Fractions with Different Denominators Worksheet
This product was created by hand, so isn't as spiffy as I like to keep my items. However, it is a great way to conceptualize the idea of common denominators. It shows the students a model of common denominators that is similar to fraction strips. This idea could be used with fraction strips if you have access to them.
Combining Like Term Lesson & Distributive Property Lesson