Minds on

Minds on: Math Provocations

The following may be used as prompts for thinking and engagement in mathematics, but can be used in any way educators see fit (e. g. debate, investigation/exploration, prediction, vocabulary and the like).

 

Primary

Which One Doesn’t Belong?
“...thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike.”
A varied collection of open-ended prompts which promote discussion of applicable attributes.

Would You Rather
“Choose a path. Justify it.”
This site features an odd variety of discussion-friendly math scenarios which are categorized by topic.

Entry Ticket and Exit Ticket
Design a task or response that is follow-up to previous day’s learning, or entry into today’s learning. Can be assigned in Google Classroom as well.
Note: You need to do “File” + “Make a Copy”. Once you’ve done that, you can modify to task or grade.

Padlet
Allows you to post a Minds On question/task that students respond to as you are projecting it on your smartboard. Students can respond to each other and the teacher can as well. Gives you a permanent record of their thinking as well.

 

Junior

Estimation 180
“Building number sense one day at a time.”
Visual prompts invite participants to utilize math and reasoning skills to make estimations.

My Favourite No
“Learning from Mistakes”
In a supporting and learning environment, students’ misconceptions become the focal point for learning.

Which One Doesn’t Belong?
“...thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike.”
A varied collection of open-ended prompts which promote discussion of applicable attributes.

Would You Rather
“Choose a path. Justify it.”
This site features an odd variety of discussion-friendly math scenarios which are categorized by topic.

Answer Garden
Plant a Question, Grow an Answer

Entry Ticket and Exit Ticket
Design a task or response that is follow-up to previous day’s learning, or entry into today’s learning. Can be assigned in Google Classroom as well.
Note: You need to do “File” + “Make a Copy”. Once you’ve done that, you can modify to task or grade.

Padlet
Allows you to post a Minds On question/task that students respond to as you are projecting it on your smartboard. Students can respond to each other and the teacher can as well. Gives you a permanent record of their thinking as well.

 

Intermediate

Estimation 180
“Building number sense one day at a time.”
Visual prompts invite participants to utilize math and reasoning skills to make estimations.

My Favourite No
“Learning from Mistakes”
In a supporting and learning environment, students’ misconceptions become the focal point for learning.

Which One Doesn’t Belong?
“...thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike.”
A varied collection of open-ended prompts which promote discussion of applicable attributes.

Would You Rather
“Choose a path. Justify it.”
This site features an odd variety of discussion-friendly math scenarios which are categorized by topic.

Answer Garden
Plant a Question, Grow an Answer

Entry Ticket and Exit Ticket
Design a task or response that is follow-up to previous day’s learning, or entry into today’s learning. Can be assigned in Google Classroom as well.
Note: You need to do “File” + “Make a Copy”. Once you’ve done that, you can modify to task or grade.

Padlet
Allows you to post a Minds On question/task that students respond to as you are projecting it on your smartboard. Students can respond to each other and the teacher can as well. Gives you a permanent record of their thinking as well.

Find the mistake.
This can be done as a warm up activity on the board but you will find that the same students will discover the mistake first. I place a variety of questions on index cards with one or two mistakes in the solution. They are to find it and redo the question on the other side of the index cards. I have done this activity in all of my classes as a large group, small group and individually(different questions). I have also used this as an exit ticket.