We are about to start our measurement “stuff” in Math, so I thought it would be appropriate to create a time activity for Daylight Savings Time!
I am so excited to be linking up with Holly’s FIRST EVER Tried It Tuesday Linky!!
This is one I’ll definitely be consistently linking up to! 🙂 The rules are to write about anything you have tried and describe what worked (and maybe what didn’t).
The students designed their dream home by drawing the floor plan. They had to label and color each room, then find the area of each room. Once they found the area of all of their rooms, they added them together to find the total area of their house! Because I wanted my kiddos to get some practice with perimeter, too, I added an extra “direction” to it. They had to find the total perimeter of their house as well. They had such a great time designing, and then sharing, their houses! They certainly got creative!! Check some of them out below.
|He has a Basketball room, an XBox, PS3, Wii room, and a Candy room!!|
|She has a pool, cat house, dog house, AND a backyard in the middle of her house! 😛|
The only thing I might do differently is to limit the number of rooms they can have. It took me quite a while to actually go through and check them. (Am I admitting that I’m a lazy teacher??)
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to link up with Workshop Wednesday!! Tell us all about your favorite mentor texts you use to teach author’s craft!
I’m linking up with Joanne today from Head Over Heels for Teaching! I’m so glad she’s back in the bloggy world from her Disney Cruise! 😛
I have a couple motivators to share with you today. :o) The first is… FOOD! The sweeter the better, although they don’t mind salties either. 😛
We did this activity on Friday for M&M Math Day on our ABC Countdown Calendar. I gave each group 100 M&Ms and they practiced fractions and decimals! They wrote the fraction and decimal of each set, compared sets, added sets as decimals, and made models/arrays of the sets. AND NOT ONE COMPLAINED! In fact, they were all helping each other, getting along, staying on task… because they knew they got to eat their M&Ms when they were done! 🙂
You can find this activity in my 4th Grade Common Core Aligned Decimals Unit!
*sidenote* I also just recently bundled all of my math units! The units are my best sellers in my store… and it will save you money to buy the bundles! You know… just in case there was a sale coming and you needed some math resources… :o) If you want to check them out, click on the bundle pictures below!
|Numbers and Operations Bundle|
|Fractions and Decimals Bundle|
Isn’t she wonderful?!? She is so right, too.
Go link up with Joanne to share your own motivators, and get some ideas from some other awesome bloggers about what they do in their classroom!
Also, don’t forget about my Friday Feedback Frenzy– happening all weekend! (Weekend Feedback Frenzy wasn’t alliterative enough for me… hee hee!)
with two cutie-patooties!!
This week is math week. I don’t know about you, but it seems that my students have a hard time grasping measurement, not because they don’t know HOW to measure, but they don’t have a concept of size. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to pull my hair out because a kid thinks you should measure a pencil in pounds, or measure a football field with miles…
Then I found this book!
This book is AWESOME because it compares things that most kids actually have an idea about their size, to things they will probably never see in their lifetime…like a polar bear compared to some basketball players… or…a giant squid compared to a house!
The author gives great information and interesting data for the students to visually and numerically compare sizes. I did not read the book all in one day- it’s a great book to do one or two pages a day and give them the opportunity to even solve problems about what they are seeing- for example, how could they figure out how long one of the squid’s tentacles are?
After reading this book, it would be a great time to pull out my Measurement Word Sort Freebie! Have them not only sort where the words belong, but put them in order from smallest to largest in each column!
If you download the freebie, please leave feedback! 🙂
What books do you use for math? Go link up with Collaboration Cuties to share, and get some awesome ideas from others while you are there!
Funny that this week was Math Week for Collaboration Cuties, because it’s also Math Week for Workshop Wednesday!
This Wednesday, the topic will be math manipulatives. I don’t know about you, but I have BUCKETS of math manipulatives and they get used… but could they be used more? What are some ways that you use manipulatives in your room? You could share a lesson, a game, or even how you organize them in your room to keep them “on hand” but “not in the way!”
I hope all the mamas out there have a fabulous Mother’s Day! I’m off to spend some time with my mama today! 🙂
Happy Wednesday, friends!
It is easy to “throw out” the manipulatives in the upper grades classrooms because they can be viewed as “baby.” But, manipulatives are SO important for concrete understanding!!
First, I am going to share a lesson with you that uses base ten blocks.
Most teachers pull these out in the beginning of the year for place value- calling them ones, tens, hundreds… and unfortunately, kids attach those values to the base ten blocks forever. One of my math coaches mentioned once (and it stuck with me) that we have to move away from calling them ones, tens, and hundreds, because they can represent other things! We need to call them by their names: units, longs, and flats, and then associate the value we want at that time… so in the beginning of the year, “the units, which we are using to represent ones… or the longs, which we are using to represent tens…” I know it’s more “work” to say all this out loud, but you’ll know why after this lesson idea!
I also love to have the kids use the snap cubes during multiplication to model arrays, as well as during my area and perimeter unit- they love “building” and I can easily see if they “get it” without working with each child individually or grading a worksheet. Win, win! :o)
Now it’s your turn! Please grab the Workshop Wednesday button and link your post back to this post! (no store link-ups please) Don’t forget to leave some love for two other link-ups! :o)
June 1st means…it’s Currently Time!!! Thanks Farley for hosting each month!
Now, onto the explanation of the summer version of Workshop Wednesday…
I know many of you are like me, therefore many of you are
obsessed avid Pinners on Pinterest.
I love Pinterest. So much.
And if you’re even more like me (probably more than you’d care to admit, hee hee), this next ecard is for you, too!
So, I’m here to help provide you with your summer professional development credits! 🙂
Workshop Wednesday (but not just Wednesdays!! This one will last the whole month of June!!) will require you to do a little lesson planning…
Best kind of planning there is, right??
So here is the low-down for the link-up! :o)
Choose some of your favorite math, reading, and/or writing pins that you want to try in the new school year, and embed them in your post so we can click and repin the great ideas! You can post as many as you want, and as often as you’d like! You don’t have to post on Wednesday, even though it’s called Workshop Wednesday. Also, if you’d like us to follow your Pinterest boards so we can see all the lesson planning you’re doing this summer, be sure to include your link in your post!
|Follow My Pinterest Boards!|
Not sure how to embed your pins so your readers can just click on it and go straight to the pin itself? It’s easy peesy! Go to the pin you want to put in your post, and click embed:
Then just copy the code, and paste it into the HTML of your post:
Here are a few of my pins! 🙂