## Re: [oneroom] Re:Teaching Arithmetic

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• Langs, Thanks for these excellent suggestions about teaching arithmetic. Lucy Townsend ... We do 5 hour 1913 reenactments for all of the 4th grade classes in
Message 1 of 8 , Dec 7, 2007
Langs,
Thanks for these excellent suggestions about teaching arithmetic.
Lucy Townsend

>>> "Langs" <lang@...> 11/15/07 5:40 PM >>>
We do 5 hour 1913 reenactments for all of the 4th grade classes in our county (and home schoolers). The pupils pretend to be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th or 6th grades for the day. For arithmetic I have three 15 minute periods.The 1st and 2nd graders do hands on activities (in 10 to 15 minute periods)--domino addition and box addition problems on their slateboards. When we meet, I give them oral problems to do on their slates from Elements of Arithmetic. Third graders do blackboard subtraction. When we meet I show them how to use reproduction catalogs and assign them to pretend they have \$5.00 to spend on gifts for their family. They record name of item, page number, cost and who bought for. This is their seatwork. When I meet with the 5th and 6th graders I teach a Roman numerals lesson from Complete Arithmetic. We also use a chart I made. For their seatwork they do the text assignment.For their other seatwork assignment they do Multiplication and didvion board problems. I use the !
same problems for the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. I put the problems on the board without the add, subtract, mult or div signs. I tell them which problems to do. Like:

5 14 24 37 50 79
4 7 6 29 44 63

The Arithmetic texts we use are the ones used in our school in 1913. I had a few of the texts but went online and purchased most of them-they were pretty cheap-I think about \$5 each. All our activities are either from the texts actually used or from teacher's books from 1913 or shortly before. Luckilly, our records show that classes were sometimes grouped together for lessons, which makes it easier for our 5 hour day compared to their 7 hour day.

----- Original Message -----
From: Lucy Townsend
To: suthoff@... ; oneroom@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 12:05 PM
Subject: [oneroom] Re:Teaching Arithmetic

Hello, friends,
I am wondering how to teach 1900 arithmetic in a one-room school more effectively than we have done. In the past we have put problems on the board for groups of kids at various age levels, but our board is small. We do not have a set of arithmetic books for 25-30 students. Surely there must be a better way to do this. Do you have replicas of arithmetic books or have you found another way to teach arithmetic to several groups simultaneously? Thanks so much for your help.
Lucy Townsend
Milan Township #38 District School

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