“The benefits of reading stories to our children at nighttime have been shared countless times over, and for good reason. Reading improves literacy skills. Why is it that we don’t do math with our children before bed?” Jonathan Orr
- B4 Bed Thoughts: *Let everyone see the image. Discuss: “What do you notice?”
- Next: Ask: “What do you not know?”
- Next: Discuss which patterns are visible in the slide above. Ask: “How would you proceed filling in the missing information?”; “Where would you start?” *First step would be duplicating the form in their journal.
- Materials: pass out paper and pencils or have them use the back of their learning journals for math thoughts). *Remind them to use a new page, add today’s date, and a title for the learning image (Mysterious Expanded Notation Table). *Encourage the younger family members to draw what they think the answer might be.
- Show us…put your reasoning to the test: Consider re-creating one table (above slide) as a family. Rotate which family member provides the missing information while someone fills in their answer.
- Finally: Ask each member to share what they believe an equation and solution might be. Review what an active listener looks like.