Exemplars are a hard concept for students to grasp. They call for a lot of critical thinking and problem solving skills and sometimes the students have a very hard time. I have used many graphic organizers and pictures to show and explain to my kids how to effectively solve an exemplar problem and it is still a challenge. It is so necessary for students to build strength in problem solving and regular word problems just don't cut it sometimes. It calls for a lot of repetition and practice in order to master these problems. We work on exemplars almost everyday so I wanted to share a great resource that could help your kiddos.
In this pack are differentiated exemplars for high and low levels and picture manipulatives to go with each one. You can introduce the concept with a low level exemplar and then move to the higher one for more independent practice or assessment. You can use the prompt in their math journal and have them show their work or use the graphic organizer. You can even use both!
The cute picture manipulatives really help them to visualize how to solve the problems. The graphic organizer helps them to solve the problem using a picture, number sentence and a written explanation. They are also required to rewrite the question because most students can't tell you what it is they are trying to solve after hearing the problem. Exemplars are the best way to get your students thinking independently during problem solving. I have seen so much growth in my students. Our whole school is required to do exemplars in every single grade and solve them using numbers sentences, drawings and be able to explain what they did using math vocabulary. Our schools starts exemplars in Kindergarten and every grade teaches them.
The pack covers concepts by subject such as, number sense, equal sharing, time, fractions, 2D shapes, 3D shapes, addition, subtraction and much much more!
I attached a free sample if you hit download preview so you can get an idea of how they are set up.
How I use them:
I usually work on exemplars everyday in some aspect. You can do a part of it each day or you can do the whole thing whole group or in small groups during guided math. I have even had an exemplar center when I didn't have time to fit it in my schedule. We are constantly working on exemplars! You can use them in any way just as long as they are practicing these skills almost everyday or at the very least weekly. Once they get used to doing them they will be able to do them independently. I will continue to update this pack throughout the year because I am constantly making new ones. So if you purchase it now you will be getting a deal. All you have to do is download the new updated copy whenever I send out an update!
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