One super fun way to review big ideas is to do so with pictures. One picture really is worth way more than a thousand- word lecture or a thousand practice worksheets! (And by the way, this strategy works just as well for introducing big ideas!)
Let's say you want to introduce or review a big idea such as the Distributive Property.
Here's how you might proceed.
Show students pictures of distribution. Google "images of distributive property" or just look around and collect some on your cell phone. I used both methods combined for my examples in this post. Include one or two that are not examples. Ask them, “Which pictures do you think show distribution?” Give them a few moments to look at them and formulate answers and reasoning. Then have students share their thoughts. Be sure to get thorough explanations of why some are examples of distribution and others are not.
Here are two examples of photos showing distribution:
Have students explain the picture above to a partner and then have several students share out to the class.
Next, give students a similar situation with a menu. Direct them to write their own statements and pictures representing the Distributive Property. Be sure to allow them to share their work and post it!
Here is an example of a menu you could use:
To extend this idea even further, you could refer students to the brainstorm list and have them select a situation and write a statement and picture to represent the situation with the Distributive Property.
These are actual examples students created:
If you're wondering if you really have time for kids to draw pictures in math class, consider this. Do you have time to reteach and reteach and they still don't "get it?" Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up. Another huge point is that anytime you employ RIFT (Relevance, Interest, Fun, and/or Technology) engagement goes through the roof. Let's face it. You have to play to win, and you have to engage to teach. Have fun engaging your students with some pictures this week!
>>>>>>> Share in the comments your great tweaks on this idea when you use it this week!