Whole group and in math groups we played a spinner game that compares coin combinations. They enjoyed it and this was another fun way to combine coins in differentiated ways and of course draw those alligator teeth. In math groups we also showed two ways to make each coin.
Calendar math includes a Wacky Place day. This is a large skill area that includes many standards in math and builds on a foundational knowledge of place value. We started the year and are now expanding on our work with a place value board that can build numbers as small as 0 all the way up to 1,000,000,000! Once we understood that numbers have a single digit place we learned how important zero the hero is in holding a place and making numbers BIG. ( Did you know he is our hero?) We have expanded this knowledge to comparing numbers, breaking them apart etc. We have been singing, snapping blocks together and building larger and larger numbers using a variety of visuals, songs and of course dancing. Now we are building towers to compare our single and multi digit numbers. Towers are a fun and easy way to SEE the comparison between numbers. Of course some numbers make HUGE towers so our number lines and 100 charts help. ( A place value App that builds numbers is coming soon!) We also learned how to compare large numbers by looking at specific digits within the larger numbers.
We began 'Showing the Money' with a free app called Coins. This was also the title to a song we listened to where the children had to hold up the appropriate coins along with the song.
For this practice they are shown cards or are told an amount and then asked to show at least 2 ways to make this amount combining different coins. We have been doing this daily during our calendar math period which the children can now do with the app along with me or independently.
This first day they were taught how to take a screen shot so I could show off some of their work!
We have been having fun identifying our coins, their values , counting by 5s using the coin touch points, combining coins to make our calendar number of the day cents style and were ready to combine coins to trade up. We started with trading up to a quarter and many moved onto trading up for a dollar.
We get to practice combining coins, trading up, spending calculating our change etc. weekly with the store as well. See more about the store here.
We started the game whole group racing to beat the teacher then broke into teams to play with partners.
After building our block clock ( here), we began our weekly practice telling the time by making our own clock for our math notebooks. With the basic clock built we are now learning how to use our class clock and student clocks to tell time to the hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes!
They know when recess is coming ;-)
We also danced and shouted out the time with GoNoodle!
We worked hard 4 days before we opened room 24's store for its' first day. Learning the coin's names, values, touch points and counting ( and sometimes dancing) by 5s helped us for our first shopping day!
The store is basically a set of 4 bins full of items each labelled with increasing prices . The children can buy items donated to our store with monies they earn during the week. (We need more store items!)
The store is part of the positive behavior system and also supports math skills . They must sort coins, find the total amount of money in their wallets, fill out a shopping /spending form that allows them to go to the store.
Day 1 was learning how to sort and calculate their earned totals on the new page. Many children needed to use the coin touch dots at this time. Over time these dots can be faded once the students have more practice combining coins and learn what coins can be traded up for others. ( 4 quarters = a dollar, 2 quarters= 50 cents, 10 dimes = a dollar etc.)
Did they bring their store item home and tell you about how they bought it?
The children were asked to each snap together their own 5 cubes which we then connected, skip counted by 5s & compared our own 'length' with the cube's length. Day 1 we had 12 groups of 5 . Day two, we added 8 more groups to get 20 groups of 5.
After skip counting by 5s, the children created the multiples of 5 cards and placed them accordingly along the linked cubes. We also counted our groups of 5 which equaled 20. How could we write a number sentence to show how many total blocks we had linked together was the next task. Several realized we could write a multiplication sentence instead of skip counting or adding.
Once we practice skip counting for a few days with the cubes, songs and videos (adding in some dancing), we were ready for the clocks. I had them help me turn 12 of groups of 5 into a clock. We began our weekly practice with our own clocks. There is a great deal of work ahead of us with word problems involving elapsed time, telling time to the minute etc. This big visual the children created will certainly be used often in the future!
We start each day with calendar math. On Mondays, we use a variety of money tasks that involves the number of the day. This first week as we learned the routines and expectations of the class, we watched Stripes and Bailey explain the coin touch points, learning & practicing those touch points counting by 5s. Counting by 5s is important for money, reading a clock and telling time, addition, multiplication and division!
Given a list of lines , angles and triangles to find, the children left the room in teams on a fun search with their iPads.
Once they returned they were given several options to make an educational video to share with the class. The assignment was to make a video using grade appropriate vocabulary and incorporating the basic lines, angles and triangles we have been learning.
We hope you learn more about Geometry! WE sure did and started seeing angles, triangles and lines EVERYWHERE! Enjoy.