The Great Math Debate Valentine’s Edition: Freebie

January 23, 2018 No Comments

The Great Math Debate Valentine’s Edition: Freebie

January 23, 2018 No Comments
I am so thankful for all the support you’ve shown for my business in the last few weeks!  I want to show my appreciation by giving you my newest TPT product completely for FREE!  This product offers 6 different word problems in three different formats.  All I ask is that you share with your friends!

I’m excited to share this product with you.  The Great Math Debate is one of my best sellers and it’s one of my most favorite classroom activities.  At its core, the Great Math Debate is a strategy that encourages problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative, speaking and listening skills.  It’s the Ritz Carlton of Think-Pair-Share.

How does the Great Math Debate work?
First, students are presented with a problem which they work to solve on their own.  After, they join a small group of 3-4 students.  Each student is given a few minutes to explain their answers to each.  Then, working together, they craft their BEST answer and present it to the class.  From there, the Great Math Debate ensues.  More directions about implementing the Great Math Debate are included in the product itself.  As always, if you have questions, let me know in the comments below!

What all is included?
The Great Math Debate: Valentine’s Edition includes 6 two-step word problems for students to work through in a variety of formats.  Students can either work on individual and group work pages which are available to print and copy.  A lower-prep Great Math Debate can be quickly put together with printable task cards.  Students can write their answers in notebooks and transfer their group answer to a separate sheet of paper or posterboard.

In addition, I’ve included a Google Slides version of the Great Math Debate which can be implemented in a station or 1:1 setting!  This is the first time I’ve included a Google Apps version to my products, so I’m excited to let you pilot this product and let me know what works, what didn’t work, and what needs to be fixed.

Or follow this link:  http://bit.ly/VDayMathDebateTPT


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  • Little Ray of Sunshine January 26, 2018 at 1:01 am

    This sounds like such a great product to get students to work together and come together as thinkers! Thanks!

  • Sheryl Woods January 26, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Thank you! It definitely works to build collaboration and critical thinking!

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