**Thunks- Questions to make your brain go ouch!**

# Month: March 2013

## Math Questions

**Before ****Answering a Problem**

**–****What information in the problem is NOT important in finding a solution?****-What is the question in this problem?****-How can I represent this problem using real-life applications?****-How can I represent this problem using manipulatives?****-How can I be certain there is enough information to solve this problem?****-What is the first step I should take in solving this problem?****-How can I evaluate this problem to determine what information is important in solving it?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by creating a picture or diagram? Why or why not?****-What rules or algorithms can I apply to this problem?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by writing an equation? Why or why not?****-Using my knowledge of mathematics, how can I estimate a solution to this problem?****-Which strategy makes the most sense in solving this problem: drawing a picture, guessing and checking, finding a pattern, or writing an equation?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by guessing and checking? Why or why not?****-What is essential information can I identify in this problem?****-What patterns exist in this problem that might help me in solving it?****-Does it make sense to solve this problem by finding a pattern? Why or why not?**

**After**** Answering a Problem**

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**How****can I describe my solution to this problem in three steps?** **-How is this problem like and unlike other problems I have solved?****-How can I use my knowledge of mathematics to predict a set of incorrect solutions to this problem?****-How can I use my knowledge of mathematics to check my procedures for solving this problem?****-How can I solve this problem another way?****-Can I prove that this problem cannot be solved using the information given? How?****-What are likely errors people might make in solving this problem?****-How can I be certain that my answer makes sense?****-How can I describe my solution to this problem in five steps?****-What math concepts can I apply to this problem?****-How can I clearly explain my solution to a friend?****-Do I require additional information to solve this problem? What information?****-How can I create a problem like this one that is more difficult to solve?****-How can I create a problem like this one that is easier to solve?****-How can I represent this problem using real-life applications?****-What number relationships are important in this problem?****-How can I clearly explain my solution using math symbols?****-How can I check to be certain my answer is correct?****-How can I use my knowledge of mathematics to check the accuracy of my computations?****-Using my knowledge of number sense, how can I check to see if my solution is reasonable?****-What similar problem can I create?****-How can I clearly explain my solution in writing?****-How can I represent this problem using manipulatives?****-What rule or procedure can I suggest after solving this problem?****-How can I be certain that my answer is correct?****-What math vocabulary can I apply to this problem?**

## ELA Guiding Questions

**Fiction Features:**

**Setting**

**-How does the setting of the story make you feel?****-What mood does the author establish in the story? How does the author accomplish this?****-What details would you include in a drawing of the setting of the story?****-Why would the author choose this setting for these characters and this problem?****-What three question s would you ask the author about the setting of the story?****-How could your transfer this story to your neighborhood?****-How do you know when this story takes place?****-What details does the author provide about the setting of the story?**

**Characters**

**-What do you learn about the main character from what other characters say about him or her?****-Suppose the main character lived in your neighborhood. What kids of adventures might he or she have here?****-At what point in the story do you begin to like or dislike the main character?****-Which other character in the story is most important to the main character?****-What do you learn about the main character from what he or she says?****-How would you describe the main character to someone who has not read this story?****-What do you learn about the main character from his or her actions?****-In what ways are the characters in the story important to each other?****-At what point in the story does the main character do someone surprising?****-In addition to the main character, how are the other characters important to the story?****-How does the main character remind you of someone from our class?****-Would you choose the main character to be your friend?****-What three adjectives would best describe the main character?****-In what ways does the main character remind you of other characters from other stories we have read?****-What advice would you give the main character about something that happens in the story?****-What characters from this story might you use in your own writing?**

**Problem/Solution**

**-In what other ways might the problem in the story have been resolved?****-What solution to the problem in the story does the author present?****-Are you most likely to remember the characters, the setting, or the problem from the story?****-What details does the author give to introduce the problem in the story?****-At what point in the story are you sure what the problem is?****-In what ways does this story seem realistic or unrealistic to you?****-How does the main character resolve the problem in the story?****-Choose the three most important events, one from the beginning or the story, the middle, and the end.****-Have you ever faced a problem like this presented in this story?****-At what point in the story has the problem been resolved?****-What is the problem faced by the characters in this story?****-What message do you believe the author wants you to remember from this story?****-Is the problem in this story more about a conflict between characters -or- a conflict within a character?****-What other stories have we read about similar problems?****-Summarize this story in two or three sentences.**

**Author’s Purpose**

**-What kinds of descriptive words does the author use to make the story seem real?****-What is your favorite sentence in the story? Why?****-What does the author seem to know a great deal about?****-In what ways does this story remind you of other stories we have read?****-What have you learned about writing from this story that you can use in your own stories?****-What kind of person do you think that the author is?****-From whose point of view is the story told?****-If you could ask this author two questions, what would they be?****-If you were describing the way this author writes to someone, what would you say?****-Would you choose to read another story by this author?****-What makes this author’s writing different from other stories we have read?****-How does the author make you want to keep reading the story?****-If you had written this story, how would you have made it different?****-How would you describe the feeling or tone of this story?****-What kinds of readers would most enjoy this story?**

**NON FICTION FEATURES**

**Text**** Features**

**-What text feature does the author use most effectively?****-How do the text features used in this text help you know what the main idea is?****-What three text features could the author add to help you better understand this text?****-Which text features are most helpful to you in writing a summary of this text?****-Looking at the text features before reading the text, what questions probably are NOT answered in this text?****-If you were editing this text, what print features might you add to help others understand it?****-Looking at the text features before reading the text, what questions are probably answered in this text?****-What text features does the author use most to help organize this text?****-Where in this text could the author add a chart, graph, table, and/or diagram?****-How does the title of this text help you predict what the main idea or message is?**

**Text Organization**

**-What questions does this text answer well?****-What questions are NOT answered by this text?****-Using your prior knowledge, what information in this text do you agree with?****-What details would you include in a summary of this text?****-Using you prior knowledge what information in this text do you want to argue with?****-What information would you NOT include in a summary of this text?****-How is the information in this text organized to help you to understand it?****-How did you use your prior knowledge to help you to understand or respond to this text?****-What evidence suggests that the text is organized by sequence of events?****-What did you learn from reading this text that surprised you?****-What evidence suggests that the text is organized by main ideas/details?**

**Author’s Purpose**

**-What clues does the author give about his/her purpose in sharing this text?****-How does the author establish the tone of the text?****-How does the author want you to respond to -or- use this text?****-What words or phrases does the author use to show that he/she knows much about the topic?****-What was the author’s purpose for writing this text?****-Where in the text can you find evidence that the author is trying to persuade you to believe or do something?****-For what audiences do you believe this author is writing?****-Do you believe that the information in this text is believable? Why or why not?****-Where in this text can you find evidence of the author’s opinion?****-What message does the author want you to remember from this text?**

## Math Resources

*Interesting math sites…*

*http://www.math-magic.com/pdf.htm*

http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/math-hs.html

http://www.gedonlinediploma.com/math_resources.html

http://www.transformation2013.org/resources/math-resources/high-school-math-resources/

http://www.mrlsmath.com/20-free-resources-for-high-school-math-teachers/

http://www.ams.org/programs/students/high-school/high-school

http://www.nctm.org/resources/high.aspx

## More Potentially Helpful MATH Sites:

**General:**

www.math-play.com

**http://www.gameclassroom.com/5th-grade**

www.mathplayground.com

www.factmonster.com

www.multiplication.com

www.gameaquarium.com

www.funbrain.com

http://www.lifeisastoryproblem.org/explore/index_net.html

www.studyisland.com

http://www.kidsnumbers.com/division.php–

Go to “Snork’s Long Division Game” to practice with the always challenging long division skill.

**Math: Geometry**

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/NAV/category_g_2_t_3.html

http://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/geometry.php

**Math Measurement**

http://www.thatquiz.org/tq/practice.html?measurement

**Math: Multiples**

http://www.mathplayground.com/multiples.html

http://www.tki.org.nz/r/wick_ed/maths/interactives_matrix.php

**Math: Graphing**

http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx

**Math Facts:**

www.factmonster.com

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/CarWash.htm

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/Moles.htm

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/mathsmulti.html

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/KnightFlight.htm

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/Monkeys.htm

http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/Drums.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/wholenumbers/multiplication/timestables/game.shtml

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/tabletrees.html

**Multiplication and Division sites from the Board of Education:**

**Arithmetic Four (Shodor)** – http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ArithmeticFour/?version=1.6.0_07&browser=MSIE&vendor=Sun_Microsystems_Inc.

The game is like “Connect Four.” Players must answer an arithmetic fact to be able to enter a piece of their color on the board. Operations can be selected and timer set for answering each fact.

**Number Invaders** – http://www.mathplayground.com/balloon_invaders.html

This game is like “Space Invaders.” Players choose an operation and a factor, and use the space bar and arrow keys to launch the “number (product) popper. **This game can be customized to practice specific facts** (e.g. multiply by 6).

**Academic Skill builders – **http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/

This website includes many games to practice multiplication and division. These games contain mixed fact practice.

**Multiplication Hidden Picture** – http://www.aplusmath.com/games/picture/MultPicture.html

This game requires students to match basic facts to the answer to uncover a hidden picture. The facts in this game are mixed.

**Helping with Math** – http://www.helpingwithmath.com/by_subject/multiplication/mul_games.htm

There are several games here for students. **This game can be customized to practice specific facts** (e.g. multiply by 6).

**Apples in the Basket – **http://www.kidsnumbers.com/apple-baskets-multiplication.php

This game uses baskets of apples to how the concrete basis of multiplication. **This game can be customized to practice specific facts** (e.g. multiply by 6).

**Fruitshoot Multiplication – **http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fruitshoot/fruitshoot_multiplication.htm

Students have to shoot fruit that answer the shown multiplication problem. **This game can be customized to practice specific facts** (e.g. multiply by 6).

**Speedway** – http://www.multiplication.com/flashgames/aquaticspeedway.htm

In this game students race sea animals by answering multiplication problems.** This game can be customized to practice specific facts** (e.g. multiply by 6).

**Product Game** – http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?id=29

This game is a computerized version of the original “Four in a Row” game. **This game can be customized to practice specific facts **(e.g. multiply by 6).

*Thanks to http://mrtackswebsite.weebly.com/internet-websites2.html*