Monday, February 24, 2014

Math Thinking Patterns and CUBES strategy

Hello Everyone!
We have been working hard on word problems in math and using our thinking patterns (Some-Some More, Some- Some Went Away and all the organizers that go along with those) to help us solve. I love that our district supports and encourages us to teach about thinking patterns.  I did not learn this way of solving math problems when I was a kid, and always had trouble with math.  We simply learned to memorize facts. I want my students to have many many more options when working on math!
 Well, I finally got around to making some mini posters as reminders for the kids as they practice trying out thinking patterns and for using the tried and true CUBES strategy as a way of getting through a word problem. C- circle the numbers, U-underline the question, B-box the key words, E- eliminate unneeded information, S- Select thinking pattern and Solve.   Today we got out the life size replicas of CUBES (you know how much I love a life sized math activity!) and the kids got small snap cubes. I decided to make them in certain colors,(Kids gotta have those rainbow colors!) and have the kids follow what the cubes said using that color marker. It really helped in organizing our thinking!  
Here are some pics!

After going through the word problem together, the kids were able to practice using their CUBES and thinking patterns on some other stories. Here are a few pics of some of the Thinking Pattern Mini Posters. the entire packet includes 15 different posters.

And a pic of the CUBES mini poster:

If you think you might be able to use these, I am sharing the printable download.

I hope my kids learn to love math!  I know I am going to do my best to help them!
Til next time!
Thanks for stopping by for a peek!! 
Take a second a leave a comment. Am I on the right track with this whole blogging thing?  Do you want to see something different? Less of some things, more of other things?  I am here to help and share!!


  1. Thanks for sharing! Great posters!

  2. You are on the right track and your awesome freebies help me a lot...especially when we are on single income now! Thank you so much for your generosity!

  3. This is fantastic! You are so generous. It's really appreciated. Love the posters!

  4. Nancy- I so appreciate you giving us a peek into your fun, engaging classroom. The children must love coming to school. Thank you SO much for always sharing your ideas. In my humble opinion, you are on the right track...I print everything you post so that my students can benefit too. I wish we could meet so I could give you a big thank you hug-I guess I'll just send one over the internet. :) Thanks again!!!!

  5. I really appreciate all that you have shared. You would make an amazing teaching partner. Your school is lucky to have you--and so are we. Thanks for inspiring me.

  6. Love love love that you share your wonderful lessons with all of us...thank you. I too save them...because not only do you break your sessions into steps for your students you are able to communicate so well how you move from step to step for your fellow teachers. WOW!!!!

  7. You have the best ideas and I love that you are willing to share them with others, including myself! Thank you for your generosity and for inspiring others to try new things in their classroom!

  8. I love your website. You have so many wonderful ideas. Thank you!

  9. I appreciate and love all that you share!!! It always seems like you have exactly what I'm looking for at the exact right time.
    Thank you!!!

  10. Thanks, Nancy! Love this strategy. As for blogging, I think you are doing fine. I know it can be discouraging when you don't get a lot of feedback/comments. That's how I'm feeling right now, but I know it is a busy time of year so I just keep blogging on! :-)


  11. Nancy, your blog is fabulous! This is my first year teaching first grade (after 29 years in education). Your blog has been a lifesaver, an inspiration, a challenge, and an encouragement all year long. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  12. Nancy, A HUGE thank you to you for sharing your knowledge, expertise, and fabulous units!!! You have saved me an incredible amount of time & money. Your generousity blows me away! I don't always have a chance to comment because frankly with 26 first graders and 3 kids of my own at home I am trying to do everything in super speed, but know that I am immensely grateful! Because I LOVE your units and blog so much you are the only one I currently subscribe to because I do not want to miss a thing! Keep up the great work and know that although we might not show ourselves often we are out there in cyber-space cheering you on! Keep up the great work!!!

  13. Kacy March 4, 5:57 AM
    I am really enjoying your blog. Lots of good ideas and following the same material we seem to be on. This is our last year for Saxon math and I will miss it. Curious what your adoption is going to be since you are Texas too. Looks like we are going to Go Math.

  14. I so appreciate your willingness to share your wonderful ideas! I am a Colorado teacher and I have raved about your blog to my colleagues and friends....thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  16. These are such great ideas for getting kids interested in maths and numbers! Very colourful and fun!


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