Recipe for Teaching Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Recipe for Teaching Monday, April 25, 2016
The first thing I did was make a "Ballot Box." This is actually a Pop-Tart box, but Kleenex boxes would work great as well! I covered it in blue construction paper and glued the label on it. I also cut out the ballot cards for my students.
I explained to my students that they would be voting for their favorite animal on their ballot: cat, dog, monkey, or rabbit. I told them they can only mark one choice. I also told them they didn't even have to write their name on it because it's a private vote!
They folded their ballot and dropped it in the box!
I had a student helper who pulled the ballots out of the box and read the votes for the class.
As the student helper pulled the ballots out of the box, I tallied the votes on our chart. We then discussed the data as a class.
**My kids were extremely excited to see that the word VOTE has a silent e!!!
Then I had my students do some writing about our class data. I try to connect writing across all subjects whenever possible. Writing is really something that shows if they are taking the skills learned in reading and applying them.
Seriously, how AMAZING are they at writing?!?!?!
I love giving my students the chance to write because they all come up with different ways to share the information.
We shared our writing after everyone finished. They are always so excited to share and it is a great time for students to practice their speaking and listening skills. We talk about using a strong speaking voice and not holding our paper in front of our face when we share.
Recipe for Teaching Sunday, April 17, 2016
*I did this lesson over two days. The first day was a "Notice and Wonder" and the students actually solving the problem. The second day was having my students write about their math.
The way that I started this subtraction problem solving was with a "Notice and Wonder." If you haven't heard of this strategy, you present the problem to your students and then, using a t-chart, have them share what they notice about the problem and what they wonder about the problem. The "Notice and Wonder" strategy is a great way to get your students to tell the information they notice directly from the problem and then get them to wonder about the problem by asking questions. You can also use this strategy for different subject areas.
After we completed the "Notice and Wonder," I gave my students a pretzel ten frame. The ten frame has ten clipart pretzels on it.
Next, my students cut out the pretzels from the ten frame and glued them on the problem recording sheet. I think it really helped for my students to "X" off the pretzels on the ten frame before cutting out the pretzels.
The next day I had my students write about the problem and what happened with their pretzels. I like to have my students write about their math whenever possible because it really helps to get their ideas down and communicate what happened. A lot of the time I find that they are able to verbally tell me what happened, but writing it down can be a little more challenging. This is why I like to give them practice writing their ideas whenever possible. The did an awesome job with this and I love when my students see that there are many ways to solve one problem!
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Recipe for Teaching Wednesday, April 06, 2016
If you like this Subtraction Smash activity, be sure to stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to grab my FREE Counting with Dough activity! Click the image to head there!
Be sure to stop by Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten to check out more FUN math ideas!
Recipe for Teaching Saturday, April 02, 2016
See the image below for other ways to play, "Race to the Recycling Bin."
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