Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Geometry, Straws, Twist Ties, and Math

Hands-On activities are a way to get the kids moving, exploring, and learning. This week I introduced angles, vertices, sides, and other geometric shapes. In math, I gave each child a handful of straws and twist ties. I had the kids make shapes, point out sides, vertices, and angles. We compared and contrasted the shapes. Then I had them make certain shapes with the specific number of straws. The kids had a blast and learned a lot too! I love when I see the "lightbulb" turn on for some students and when I hear, "Oh, now I get it!" These are the best moments in the classroom! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Harry Potter

Our class LOVED Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! We read and responded to each chapter and we talked a lot about the characters, the settings, making a movie in your head as I read, and asked questions before, during, and after each chapter. It was seriously amazing to see their minds work. As a wrap-up activity, I found pictures of the characters and I made them into posters. Then the students were put into groups and had to list words to describe their character and their traits. They loved this activity and I did too! It was so much fun! :) 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Measuring with Students!

Talk about making math fun! We are measuring our classroom with our bodies and measuring our feet, arm span, lengths of our jumps, and comparing lengths. The kids LOVED this lesson!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Writing Partners

We are working on writing fairy tales now that we have finished up our Animal Reports. We started reading some of our favorite fairy tales and also some of the fractured tales too. There has been a lot of discussion, laughs, planning, and partnering up to make the students' fairy tales the best! Check back to see the published version once we are done. 

The Skin You're In

We read the book The Skin You're In by Michael Tyler. After we read the book, we discussed how beautiful our skin is and how we are all unique and special. We then had an instructor from South Shore Arts teach the students how to make a self portrait of themselves.