Hi! I'm teaching students in 10th and 11th grade, high school PC (Resource) Math. The Resource curriculum must follow the Regular Education curriculum. I am asking for help -- activites to use for a full room of students of all different level abilities (2nd through 6th). Activities such as those that help to develop "math logic" would be great. The larger classes are particularly "active" and sociable. Does anybody have suggestions? I have been teaching SPED for 10 years in different capacities. It seems the learners need to be actively involved. I'm at a loss as to how to incorporate this idea into math. These students are definitely concrete thinkers (material learned needs to relate to everyday life); the students still will need to understand non-concrete ideas such as Pythagorean Theorem and quadratic equations, as well as variables,etc. Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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You're welcome! Is there anything here http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?p=981596&highlight=Saturn#post981596 you can use?

Look at Hands On Equations. You might also like these books. I used them when I student taught: http://www.amazon.com/Hands--Math-R...7408/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1315236693&sr=8-2 http://www.amazon.com/Hands-Projects-Real-Life-Applications-Grades/dp/0470261986/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c (this one is grade 3-5, they have other grades)

This sounds really good, Waterfall Lady! Hands-on anything is definitely what I need, I think, to teach equations. Do you think an abacus accomplishes anything, as far as place value understanding? I made myself a "human scale" (like a balance) and showed the students five round disks on one side and three one the other -- how many do I need to be balanced? That seemed to work except when they said the answer I told them "OK that's your answer, that's "x"!" They still looked puzzled and I knew this idea needed more clarification!

I have found that no matter what I do, my kids are still always confused by place value. There are really good virtual manipulatives that can be found by Googling "virtual math manipulatives." They also have balances you can use to teach that in equations.