For my kiddies, this is never easy!

Enter: Hand Motions.

Some students can do very well with words alone and can visually work through the action of a word problem. Others MUST draw out a picture or a diagram before things "click" for them. But what about our kinesthetic learners? I had quite a few and hand motions fit the bill for them!

I have created a video below to demonstrate the hand motions. Today I am using my Halloween Sort & Solve (... they were a flash freebie today on Facebook!! Not following me over there? Start!)

The basic rules for hand motions are as follows:

* A known quantity is shown as an open hand, palm up.

* An unknown quantity is shown as a closed hand.

When using hand motions to solve a comparison problem, remember:

* If a quantity is "greater, more, bigger" etc. Make that hand higher.

* If a quantity is "less, fewer, smaller than" etc. Make that hand lower.

* If you do not know the difference between two quantities, move hands back and forth to show the missing difference.

This may seem a bit contrived until you try it, but I challenge you to try it yourself and with your students. Once you know the very few basic rules it is

*and really can help your students to solve problems!*__very intuitive__
Comparison word problems were a skill my students struggled with last year. I will definitely be trying these hand motions to see if I can make the process a little more "concrete." Thanks for the tip and the freebie. I have a free math activity on my page today. Stop by and visit:

ReplyDeleteThe Traveling Teacher

I will definitely be trying this strategy with my kiddos this year. Comparison word problems were the hardest ones for them to understand. Great idea!-Lisa

ReplyDeleteThank you both for the kind comments. I hope you get the chance to use these with your kiddies. They worked so well for mine!

ReplyDeleteThank you for sharing! I was hoping you might hop over to my blog and enter my giveaway! Thanks!!

ReplyDelete-Melanie

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Thanks for that. I will be using this with my students and I think it will help a lot!

ReplyDeleteGreat post! Comparison is so hard. I love using hand motions in math, but I wasn't familiar with this technique. Sharing this.

ReplyDeleteDeb

Not very fancy in 1st