If you are a Laney Sammons fan, then you probably already know about Math Stretches. Part of Laney’s Guided Math framework is Morning Math Warm-Ups. Sammons explains that just like athletes warm up before a strenuous workout, mathematicians need to have a warm-up to get their brains focused on math. Here’s how she describes the Warm-Up:
This daily appetizer prepares the palate for the “Your Choice” entrees below with Math Stretches, Calendar Board activities, problems of the day, math-related classroom responsibilities, data work, incredible equations, reviews of skills to be maintained, and previews of skills to come.
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To support the framework and provide quality stretches for teachers, Sammons published the books you see pictured above. There are versions for K-2, 3-5, and 6-8, and they are a terrific resource! Each book contains detailed descriptions of about 30 Math Stretches and includes a Teacher Resource CD.
Like many teachers, I like to tweak things just a bit, so the stretches you see pictured below are my versions. I wanted to show my teachers how easily the stretches can be differentiated for different grade levels. For example, I created versions of the How Many More to 100? stretch for 20 and 50.
I also wanted to make the stretches manageable for my teachers. All these files print on 11 x 17 paper, so they can post them on the wall for kiddos to access and they are big enough for the kids to write on. They can be easily adjusted (they are Word documents), so the teachers can use them over and over, but change them up. For the Number of the Day and You Write the Story stretches, I suggest using sticky notes so the kiddos can write their response to the stretch at their desk and then post it on the class chart.
Click here to download the files!!