Tuesday Teacher Tips: The Important Thing About…

Welcome to the Tuesday Teacher Tips series! Each week we’ll highlight teaching and learning resources, ideas to use in the classroom, as well as things to ponder as you go about your teaching day.

Use the book The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown (Harper Collins Publishers, 1949) to create math poetry. Use the words you are studying in your math unit and have students create a poem defining the most important thing about the word, the thing that should be remembered about the word long after the unit is complete. Then have students write additional sentences to describe other attributes and characteristics about the word. End the poem the same way you started, with the most important thing about the word.

The important thing about an equilateral triangle is that it has three equal sides.
It is a three sided polygon with three congruent angles, each angle measuring 60°.
But the important thing about an equilateral triangle is that it has three equal sides.important book (2)

The important thing about a clock is that it tells time.
It has the numbers one through twelve on its face.
The small hand points to the hour, and the bigger hand shows the minutes.
On some clocks there is a hand that shows the seconds.
The clock on my microwave has only numbers, it is a digital clock.
But the important thing about a clock is that it tells time.

The important thing about a penny is that it is worth one cent.
It takes one hundred pennies to equal one dollar.
Abraham Lincoln, our sixteen president, is pictured on the front.
It is copper in color and larger than a dime which is worth ten cents.
But the important thing about a penny is that is worth one cent.

Write your own poem around a math word or concept. Email it to us and we’ll include everyone’s Important Poems in a future blog.

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