One does not say no to Elissa. And because I adore her!
We do warm-ups every day, and kids know it’s always the top assignment in their Google Classroom Stream.
I put 4 days worth of warm-ups on one Google Doc, like this week’s.
The warm-ups that make up the 4 days on the Google Doc are normally from any of these sources:
- Estimation 180
- Would You Rather
- Which One Doesn’t Belong
- Fractions Talk
- Math Talks (mental math)
- Stella’s Stunners
- Open Middle
- Math Mistakes
How much time I allot for each warm-up depends on the question, from 3 to 5 minutes. Going over their answers as a whole class takes another 3 to 5 minutes. Every so often a warm-up takes 20 minutes, and that’s perfectly okay. When kids have a lot to share/discuss, I’d be a fool to stop them.
The warm-up below, for example, could be a full-blown PoW, so I gave students about 10 minutes of quiet individual time. This student finished up her thoughts for homework because she wanted to — and because math, and because my kids are better than yours.