Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sparking Motivation- Interactive White Board Lesson

This week I planned a lesson without even knowing how motivating it could be. When it was over and my kids were asking to play again, I knew what I would share today. 

It's Saturday with Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching

This week, we talked about integers. Our standards are weak in this area in my opinion. But, with my advance classes, they will use negative numbers this year and do all operations. 

I created an interactive Promethan board lesson. 

We played integer golf. 

First, we reviewed some vocabulary and facts about integers. We went over this the day before. We made a foldable, a vertical number line and practiced + and - integers with a little story. 

Then I explained how the game of golf works. They needed to know that negative or "under par" was actually good. 

They loved the golf courses as backgrounds. They don't have a lot of experience with golf, but this helped them visualize better. 

They created their own score card and we played together on the white board. They used a cube to keep track of the score with their vertical number line from their notebook. 

We used the awesome dice roller as our "stroke" counter. Some of them had never seen this,  they were very impressed. 
Just by clicking on one button, and they were instantly adding or subtracting the integer to see if we were + or -. 

I also incorporated the randomization tool from Class Dojo to call on students  for answers and to roll the dice. This way they knew it random and not favoritism. 
In several classes, they begged to play again. We couldn't because of time, but I told them we would play again a reward. 

They absolutely loved using the Promethean pen. It was a treat! 

These do take one time to create, but are worth it. 
But, no need to reinvent the wheel. There are tons created already, by teachers, and for FREE!!!!! 

Check out Promethean Planet. I used a divisibility interactive chart I found last year. 

I have figured out my students love it, so I am tapping into it for as long as it works! 

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  1. Wow! So wishing my notSmart board was a Promethean!

  2. Isn't that the best Elizabeth? When a lesson is loved by your students and asked to do it or play again? Very motivating for you too! I have a Promethean board, but I don't teach integers (phew!). So glad you shared and linked up!
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  3. What a fun activity. My kids love when we use our SMART Board for activities like this.

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  4. This looks like such a fun activity! I have a SMART board and I agree that there are so many activities already created to use! You just need to find some because they DO take a long time to create. :)
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