Using Graphic Organizers in Math Class
Taking Notes in Math Class
What's your favorite way to help students organize their math notes for rounding decimals and other math topics?
Math wheels are my new favorite method for taking notes:-)
We know graphic organizers are not just helpful for organizing math information - they can also be helpful in creating visual cues that help students remember specific math content.
Teaching Rounding Decimals Using the Math Wheel
One of my newest math wheels focuses on rounding decimals.
When I've reviewed rounding decimals with my 6th grade math students in the past, I've noticed that they often remember (or try to remember) whatever trick or saying they were taught in previous grades, but they often can't explain the math reasoning behind rounding:-(
So, to help students understand the concepts behind rounding, I included number lines on this math wheel.
Benchmarks with Rounding Decimals
After the number lines, we transition to the benchmarks section. Students can draw number lines to label the benchmarks or add other visual reminders about what the benchmarks mean.
Last, I'll have students add a rule/saying to help them remember the decimal rounding concepts. Students can add one that he or she will remember best.
Rounding Decimals Practice
After the notes have been added to the math wheel, students can do the practice problems all around the page.
Above each number is a T, H, or TH, to indicate the place to round to (tenth, hundredth, thousandth).
I have the students color their problems/answers according to the answers:
You can always let them just color the background later, for fun!
I hope you're able to use this math wheel for rounding decimals! Let me know if you have any questions:-)
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