Wednesday, October 30, 2013
And what I am doing that is working is daily (or 3x a week) word problems in a mini math journal. Each day, at least 3x a week, students are given a word problem. They quickly glue the word problem into their mini journals and begin working independently. I give them anywhere from 4-6 minutes to solve the problem (and the bonus if there is one) on their own. Then they get 4 or 5 minutes to work with their groups discussing the methods they used to solve the problem and what methods worked and didn't work. At the end of that, we all come back together and discuss what information we know, what we need to find out, what operation to use, and then finally solve the problem (and label).
If this is something you want to try, I have so far added the Addition and Subtraction set and Multiplication Set to my TpT store. I am working on Division now and mixed multiplication and division next. You can find them by clicking on the pictures below. And each one's preview file is a free sample question!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Since I have no pictures, I will do my best to explain how we used this in my class.
Each pair of students got an acorn top that had 2 factors on it. They had to first figure out what their product was.
Taped around the room I had the bottom pieces to the acorns which had the products on them. Once the pairs figured out their product, they had to find it and tape their top to the bottom.
Once that was done, we did one example writing fact families together and then students worked in their groups/pairs to complete the page, writing fact families for each set of numbers.
Click on any of the pictures to snag your copy for free from my TpT store.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
So back to the point of this post...
My friend Tara (who is a Gators fan...we are FSU fans in this house... she is lucky she is so nice...) creates the CUTEST to do lists and calendars. Last winter we got to talking about how we needed some kind of organized to do list. And she got to making the cutest things ever. So far she has Oct-March in her TpT store. The best part... they are FREE!
I print the month calendar and 4 weekly pages. On the monthly calendar I keep track of everything I need to remember for my planning purposes. I write down the big reading and math skills our grade is working on and testing on. I also added our testing. This is great so that I don't have to pull out the pacing guides when I am trying to remember what skills we are doing in the next couple weeks.
And because Tara is awesome and makes some super cute things... I want to share about her AMAZING deal going on at educents right now... This is a $20 value that is on sale for $6! Click the image below to check it out!
And now some reminders...
Marie over at The Hands on Teacher (who is just an all around awesome person) is having an awesome giveaway! Click the image below to stop by and enter each day of the giveaway. (I am donating for the day 2 winner!)
And of course, I have to remind you about the AMAZING grades 3-5 educents bundle. It ends in about 3 days so be sure to stop by and check it out asap! The image below will take you to the bundle!
Monday, October 21, 2013
I am pretty ashamed about this truth, but in the spirit of sharing, here it goes. Someday I won't be so tired and will be one of those people that works out regularly... But I will probably NEVER be one of those people who loves to workout.
And just a quick reminder... if you haven't taken a look at the amazing educents deal, I highly recommend you do it asap... you have about five days left!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
When you first open the app, it will show your last picture taken. You can scroll through all the pictures in your gallery until you come to the one you want to edit.
Here is an example of how that works... you click stickers, scroll through the options (I only use the free ones but there are others you can purchase) and choose the one you want. It will pop up in the picture and you drag it to the place you want it and the apprpriate size.
The other thing I use is the draw feature. I use it to draw the arrows that you see in my picture (though as I am typing this I am now seeing there is an arrow sticker that I suppose I could be using...but I get to choose the colors if I draw my sloppy arrows myself).
As you can see there is a TON you can do with this app. The effects menu lets you change the color as you can see in the picture below.
(As mentioned the last time, I was not given anything in exchange for this post. I posted this on my own in order to share something that works with all my amazing readers.)
And don't forget about the AMAZING educents bundle!!
Monday, October 14, 2013
|The final writing assignment|
|Working with groups to determine the sequence of events|
|The cutest turkey treat ever!|
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Saturday, October 12, 2013
TpT has reached 100,000 likes on facebook. And to celebrate they are throwing a 10% off flash sale! Just enter the code FB100K at checkout until midnight Oct. 14, Hawaii time. And I decided to join in on the fun and throw my store on sale for 20% off. Using their code you can get up to 28% off! Go on and get your shop on!
And a huge thanks to Shuna at Pocket Full of Kinders for the super adorable image!
Friday, October 11, 2013
We are also working on speaking and writing in complete sentences so while we were figuring out the story elements to Tops and Bottoms I made students respond in complete sentences and I wrote what they said. The next thing we did was split into groups. Each group was able to choose which story they wanted to work on next. Three of my four groups picked Prudy's Problem (I don't blame them...I LOVE that story). I had one group that all but one child wanted to do Prudy...that one boy wanted to do Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday. The rest of the boys in the group agreed to switch so that he didn't have to work alone (LOVE my kids and how they work together). What my students didn't know is that I had them in differentiated groups. There was one boy who wanted to join the other boys with Alexander. Reading level wise- he wasn't in that group, but he is close and I figured I should push him and I let him join. Students went to lunch and I got chart paper ready for each group. When they came back they were so excited to get started.
Each group opened up their books to their stories and got to working. Now I am sure some people might be thinking, ok, you have them in leveled groups but they are all doing the same thing... how is that differentiated? Here is how I did it. My high group was not given ANY slack. I expected amazing sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation and a well written summary. My intervention group worked with me where I scaffolded instruction to work at their pace and level. Each student in my group got a chance to write and while they were answering and writing we were talking about how to give me answers in complete sentences, capital letters, punctuation, and spelling sounds. This group was VERY capable of giving me the correct answers, but the writing and sentences structure was our goal together.
Once everyone was finished, we hung up their posters and each group got a chance to share. I told them that every person in the group HAD to speak. Even my little ELL girl who is afraid to speak because she doesn't speak English had to say SOMETHING. I worked with her getting her to say "The title of our story is Prudy's Problem" and everyone was proud of her. (Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my class community?! They clap, cheer, etc for each other ALL THE TIME!)
With three groups out of four working on Prudy's Problem, we had a lot of similarities. We talked about WHY the answers were the same and how some things could be slightly different even though they were talking about the same story (ie more than one problem or interpretatin of the problem).
This was the first time they did any kind of group presentation and I realized a few things. 1. They LOVED it. 2. It meets speaking and listening standards of common core as well as our literature standards. 3. We need to work on using a teacher voice and facing the audience when we speak. Overall, I thought it was a good lesson and my kids were truly engaged for every single minute!