We have seen several variations on the concept of the number of the day everywhere.  If you have not, it’s time to implement this powerful way of assuring students are making gains without any comprehension gaps.

With the number of the day, students in the fourth grade are reviewing basic mathematics skills that are supposed to be part of their foundation in order to gain new skills.  It can used as a weekly or monthly homework assignment as needed to assure they have those skills down.  If it isn’t a challenge for them, even better!  It should be a tool on an as needed basis so you could move it to every other month or even apply it individually to targeted students.

In my room, it started as a once a week guided classroom activity which then progressed to a weekly homework  to a once every six weeks homework and an eventually to an individual targeted tool.  I definitely recommend trying it in almost every grade, with customized parameters.

You can download a PDF here and I will soon be adding some different variations I have created.  Comment here to let me know what variations you would like to see so I may make them available to you.



Posted by Oscar Cielos Staton

Oscar Cielos Staton began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film production in Texas. He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families. "The lives of my students," he says "very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a public elementary school. Actually, I tell them they are lucky because they have other students similar to them in the same classroom. My experience was that of a true minority in the classroom. Only one other student in my class spoke Spanish!" As a teacher, he established himself as someone in touch with the student experience. Nowadays Oscar continues his educational journey with the Teach Cow website and his podcast Teachers Talk Live, which brings together teachers from all over the world for talks on K-12 Education.

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