Monday, November 17, 2014

Online Links to Extension Activities and Projects for grades 3-6

I am in the process of seeking out valuable and meaningful extension activities for grades 3 and up that offer high-achieving students a chance to be challenged and engaged in the regular classroom.   I spent some time looking into online resources, knowing there is a lot of not-so-great stuff out there to sort through in order to find the occasional goldmine.  The good news is that with Common Core now spread through most U.S. states, teachers are sharing more and more resources around the country and I was able to find a number of collections of rich problem-solving tasks, projects and activities aimed at higher-achieving learners.  As you browse, you may notice that some of these links are more easy to navigate than others, but all have some activities that are accessible and might be useful to you.

Don't be afraid to look beyond the grade level you teach.  You might find an activity in a grade above that fits perfectly with the unit you are teaching now, or something in another grade level you think might really match the interests of a particular student of yours.

Note... The previous post (below this one) discusses classroom differentiation and opportunities to introduce tasks like these during math lessons.

I will continue to look online and in print for more engaging extensions for your fast-paced and/or easily bored mathematicians!   Stay tuned.  Here is the list so far:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:


5th Grade:

6th Grade:

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