[via email] Mr. Vasicek,
I was amazed at your web site and your notable lessons on the Scholastic page. I thought the Math Video game was really cool and was wondering how often you create a new skill level chart. Would it be after a math chapter, during the chapter etc. and how often the kids play this challenge game. I have really enjoyed looking at your collection and wish I would have had a teacher like you!
Hello. Thank you for the compliments on the blog. There is no real schedule for a new skill level chart. For 4th grade I tend to do something like this...
Week 1: Re-introduce Multiplication (single x single, double x single, triple x single)
Week 2: double x double, triple x double
Week 3: $ and multiplication
Week 4: Video game math (about 3 days) that goes through all of those concepts and extends beyond for those students that can handle it (quad x triple, etc.)
I do Video Game Math for addition/subtraction, multiplication, and fractions. Doing it too much wears on the novelty of the idea.
I have extended the concept to grammar as well. We have these old (I'm talking ancient)grammar books with practice exercises for subject, predicate, nouns, punctuation, etc. I use these books for the first month of school just to review some basics. It can be boring stuff, but I tell them to do the first 4 sentences of the practice pages at the end of the chapter. There are usually 5-6 practice pages. I check their first four sentences. If it is correct, then they can work on the next section. If the work is not correct, I make them fix what they missed and assign 4 more sentences. It makes that mundane grammar more fun and allows me to see what they know without too much boring repetition for those kids that don't need it.
So, to answer your last question, the kids play this Video Math about 9 days of the year. They play Video Grammar about 9 days.
Keep it fresh,
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