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    Default A question for primary school teachers

    So, I finished my school year today so obviously my head's been in planning for next year for about five weeks! My 4-7 class next year is all boys and three girls, and they are all very average maths students except for one who is about 1.5 years ahead at this point. They are still very much at a concrete learning stage.

    I want to bulk up my resources so I just have stuff on hand in containers in my classroom so I don't have to faff about borrowing from the library, and, tbh, I don't like sharing (only child, see!). What would be your must haves for maths manipulatives? On my list I have:

    Counters
    Dice (variety)
    Calculators
    Compasses
    Matchsticks
    Pop sticks
    Cardboard clocks
    Measuring tapes
    Protractors/set squares/rulers
    Playing cards
    Dominoes
    Chess sets
    Geocubes (and RATs and semicircles)
    Geoboards and rubber bands

    Am I missing anything?

    Also, what would you do with my maths genius boy? He would seriously be extremely happy just to work his way through a textbook and have daily conferences. Do you think it's ok to do this? He is honestly at least a year ahead of all the others, and he'll only be in year 6. It's my first year having a solo student so far ahead and in a league of his own.

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    I'll reply tomorrow. Talk about organised @harvs

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    So organized. I'm starting in a new school next year. I'll be teaching a year 5 gifted and talented class. One child in the class does year 10 maths! !!! Freaking out!!!

    Your class is years 4, 5, 6 and 7? How many kids? ??

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    Money, pattern blocks.
    I'd throw some problem solving stuff at him and then when the other kids are doing individual work/ silent reading then go through it with him.

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    Check out ixl.com for maths activities

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    Also give some math projects to your gifted kid. I did this project with some year sixes that was awesome. They had to design a theme park on the moon. They had to use area and perimeter. They were given budgets and stuff. And some even built models of it. It was awesome if I do say so myself.

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    Thanks everyone who has replied so far. Yes I am stupidly organised and have planned out the whole first term because I'm returning full time and I want to be able to just go to work and have everything set out so I can spend as much time as possible with DS out of hours. Also because I'm a nerd and I love planning my teaching :-)

    I have downloaded an awesome practical project from TPT so may give that to him to start with and then take him from there. He is also a gun at problem solving and usually solves them in about three minutes flat :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Money, pattern blocks.
    I'd throw some problem solving stuff at him and then when the other kids are doing individual work/ silent reading then go through it with him.
    I agree with taking those few minutes to go through something with him one-on-one every day or 2. My maths gifted year 6 loved discussing mental strategies and looking at the different ways to get to the same place.

    They also liked doing the same work as their peers for social reasons, but I'd always have something extra for them as well. We did lots of patterns and logic, leading into algebra.

    PS. Tamtam, congrats on the job for next year - what an exciting role! Looks like a few of us going full time next year, I hope we all cope!

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    Speech Cards- great for writing quick problems on in mini lessons
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    I love the idea of him working through math projects- the theme park was a really good one. I did a similar project with my grade 6's a couple of years ago and it was a good challenge.
    I love the booklets that come with the mathletics program. Are you or the school a subscriber? They're my favourite as far as worksheets go, far better than Nelson et al.

    For more ideas for resources, have a flick through a few math books that you may have in your classroom. They will always have the resources you need, and then you can pick out the most common ones.


 

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