Math Tool Belt


Tip: Math Tool Belt

How do I do it?
Create a math tool belt chart or poster - you can cut it in the shape of a toolbelt with pockets and loops.  As you introduce math tools throughout the year, create a picture of the tool (or use the actual tool) and place it in the right-sized holster.  Below the tool, list when you should use the tool.  Revise the tools and lists of uses as needed throughout the year.

Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 5
Use appropriate tools strategically.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


1 Comment


February 09, 2013

Lack of curriculum supprot is something that needs immediate attention. Children that come from other countries need additional help to that they can catch up on social and academic aspects of language. We have learned that it can take over 5 years for children to learn academic aspects of another language. I have learned that teachers do have certain criteria that they have to teach and meet goals. However, the children that are already behind have no way to catch up without additional supprot. Strategies that could be utilized would be before or after school supprot, but this could be a problem if the guardians are unable to take or pick their children up. I don’t think taking them out of class during school would be helpful either. If they are already behind, then taking them out of class will only hinder further learning. This is something that needs to be further assessed to find the best outcomes that will supprot social and academic learning.

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