Friday, December 21, 2012

Thoughts on the Week

I do not need to remind fellow teachers what happened a week ago in Connecticut, I was anxious to return to school Monday mostly because I knew I would look into the faces of my students and think of their future and their potential and how those who watch over us now in heaven passed far too young.  Surprisingly, it was quiet, my students are too young to understand. 

This update comes with some pictures of what we have been working on before the break, the pictures do not come with worksheets, I had the students show me their work on Ipads =)

I drew this monster and we made some easy multiplication and division statements from the picture.

Here's Santa!!

Double digit numbers with some partial product division, my new go to method I willpost a video of how to do this because students who have a hard time with the traditional method have more success with this method!
I am doing thinking blocks with the third grade group and how to visualize math differently:

I had the students draw the thinking blocks and show their work.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Any go to non-lame and cheesy holiday activities for your classroom?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Where are you Christmas?

I had like three drafts throughout November, but between the Hurricane, life and Thanksgiving I just did not get around to finishing it.  So I cannot believe it is December! Now that progress reports are done, hopefully I can be on here a couple times a week!

So I wanted to share some things that I am doing with my students =)

With Third and Fourth grade, they created subtraction and multiplication stories using models, after they created their story we took a picture with the Ipads and shared them on the showme app. 

Here is an example of Multiplication:

Also, with my fourth and fifth grade groups we are working on prime, composite, factors, and multiples of a number in the EveryDay Math Calendar book in January there is an activity.  I have the students discuss the numbers, then we make them.  In fourth grade each student is making their own books to 20 and in fifth grade each student is making two numbers a day all together.

Example of Fourth Grade:

Fifth Grade Wall:

We talk about factors using the Cuisenaire rods, which we then write the multiplication factors.  Also we can talk about what makes a prime number or composite number or square number.  Very visual for the students.   

The students match the multiplication equation to the appripriate cuisenaire rod, we did this through number 10.

In December my goals are to have fifth grade do a division story using the ipads and models.  Also, across grade levels we will create a Christmas math story which I think they will enjoy. 

What are some December activities you have planned? Any you do every year?