Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Loopin' Around!

This week we are adding another set of Loop Cards to those we already have available.
This set is aimed at Level 4 (& above) and includes multiplication and division problems up to 10 x 10.

All Loop Cards will be at the new price of $1 until the end of the year!

Loop Cards available include:
  • Level 3 - Addition & Subtraction
  • Level 3 - Multiplication & Division (2's, 3's, 5's & 10's)
  • Level 4 - Multiplication (up to 10 x 10)
  • Level 4 - Multiplication & Division (up to 10 x 10)
Coming soon...
  • Level 5 & 6 - Mixed Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Fractions & Percentages

Loop Cards are a great way to engage your whole class in a fun and challenging activity!

These Loop Cards are created for use in the ‘Fluency’ component of an iSURF lesson, based on multiplication/division. Loop Cards are a great way to start a class discussion about the most efficient strategies for mental computation.
Print Loop Cards onto coloured cardboard, laminate and cut around each card.
How to use in the classroom…
·        share out loop cards (28 in total) amongst whole class (if there are extras – give two to students with start/end cards and then others. Cards must all be in use for the loop to be complete)
·        set your stopwatch to 00:00:00. When ‘start’ is called, begin timing
·        ask the student with the start card to say ‘start’ and then read their question out
·        the class (mentally) works out what the answer will be and checks their own card
·        if they believe their card has the correct answer to the question asked – they call out the answer
·        if there are no immediate objections to their answer, they ask the question on their card
·        objections can be lodged by calling out ‘OBJECTION’ - the clock is stopped. The objection is discussed. If correct - the clock continues, if incorrect – 10 seconds is added to the final time
·        the cycle continues, until the last answer is given and the card with ‘END’ is reached
·        record the time and try to beat it each time you use this set of Loop Cards.
* Individual students, in need of extra practice or extension, can complete the cards by themselves.
* Loop Cards can also be used as a ‘pre’ and ‘post’ assessment tool to gather anecdotal evidence about how a class/individual is travelling with the concept you are currently teaching.
* Cards towards the end of the set may be more challenging. Identify these with a small mark/sticker and distribute to students in need of extension.
* If using multiple sets of Loop Cards in the classroom (each with a different concept), copy them onto different coloured cardboard to ensure they do not get mixed up.

Happy Looping!