Why I Love Common Core Math - Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice, part 3

I can't seem to stop writing about this subject.  If you've read part 1 and part 2, thanks for sticking with me.  This is the last one, I promise!  At least until school starts and I can tell you how it's going. =)

The final part of this project is to come up with gestures to go along with these practice standards.  If you know anything about Whole Brain Teaching, you know that we recite our class rules every morning, standing up, with Big Gestures.  We can get pretty silly with this and use different voices, as well.  I particularly like the Big Bad Giant voice, but  the Squeaky Mouse Voice is fun, too. (I am very willing to act silly for the sake of learning.  I firmly believe that elementary teachers have to leave their dignity at the classroom door.  We can always put it on again when we leave!)

So, let's see how this gesture stuff could transfer over to our 8 Math Practice Standards.  Here is my Kindergarten standards set that goes on the wall/whiteboard.  I'll tell you the gestures that I'm thinking of, and I'd love to hear your opinions.  Since it's summer, I can't walk next door and talk to my teaching partner (Hi, Kate!), so I need your help.  Here we go.

Light Bulbs and Laughter - Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice, Part 3

 "Math Practice 1, Keep Trying!"
 Gesture: Hold up one finger, then pretend you are walking up hill.  Swing your arms really high.

"Math Practice 2, Think About Math!"
Gesture: Hold up two fingers, then point at your brain with your index finger, touching your head three times.

"Math Practice 3, Talk About Math!"
Gesture: Hold up three finders, then open and close your hand to look as though it is talking.

 "Math Practice 4, Model Math!"

Gesture: Hold up four fingers, then move hands one on top of the other, as though putting together linker cubes.

"Math Practice 5, Use Math Tools!"
Gesture: Hold up five fingers, then act as though you are holding a nail with one hand, and pounding it with a hammer."

"Math Practice 6, Check Your Work!"
Gesture: Hold up six fingers, then pretend you are holding a magnifying glass to your eye."

"Math Practice 7, Look For Patterns!"
Gesture: Hold up seven fingers, then make circles with your thumbs and forefingers and put them in front of your eyes as though they were glasses.

"Math Practice 8, Look For Shortcuts!"
Gesture: Hold up eight fingers, then act as though you are holding a small stick in both hands and breaking it in the middle, then putting it back together.

Well, what do you think?  I am open to ideas for making this better!  Please let me know in the comments.  If you like what you see, please check out the rest of the download at my TpT store, Light Bulbs and Laughter.  It includes eight cards for the students to put on a ring, and a one-page list as well.

In my next post, you will see why I believe gestures are important, and see the video that changed the way I teach!

Happy Teaching,


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  2. You can follow the links I've provided to my TpT store, look at the whole preview file, and decide whether you want to purchase them! Thanks for your interest.


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