The children were given leveled money cards and asked to explain, using Puppet Pals, how they combined their coins to make their amounts. A few didn't upload or had sound difficulties so come back soon!
Day 2. After we practice with dice ( see previous post on Array City ) to practice describing and using a sentence stem, the children created their mathematical array cities. They were asked to compete a G.O. and travel brochure next. Once the city and writing was completed , they were to create a video and explain their city to include the building's array information. These videos help them explain their understanding of the simple arrays and use their expressive language skills to use the vocabulary and share some of their brochure selling points verbally. This taps into their speaking skills and incorporates some math vocabulary. I can hear where they are confused or have understanding. And they have were very engaged with this integrated project! Enjoy!
Each math group has been working in small edmodo groups on warm up problems with an aide or teacher present.
Edmond is an online networking application for teachers and their students. Think a very simplified closed Facebook platform without ads that is basically a teacher controlled environment.
As the teacher, I can develop and assign assignments, ask questions to check for understanding, provide prompt feedback provide visuals, videos and differentiate lessons a bit easier. The students enjoy this type of warm up and going to the safe links I provide. They can reply and type their answers, explain their thinking and increase mathematical vocabulary. thinking.
I can also ask targeted questions, give simplified directions they need to read carefully and provide prompt feedback. Far too many times pre written directions on worksheets can be confusing to my students and because I know them well, I can tailor or repeat similar directions for easier understanding.
We are now learning how to move between our Larts, Math and Science Edmodo groups. So are the aides ;-)
These are sample pictures of how we used Edmodo as a warm up and also use blocks. They were asked a specific question, given clear directions to follow using their blocks and then asked to reply to a specific question in a specific manner.
They are learning how to explain their thinking using mathematical terms and reasoning and are improving!
The ability to type reduces some of the fine motor frustrations.
Division with remainders was becoming a sticking point with the class I noticed. So one day, I posed the question can you make 4 equal groups with 17 blocks? The children worked with blocks and a partner but their confusion on how to explain or show their thinking was apparent even with those who could perform the algorithm and draw the correct picture for division with reminders. So, for the past few days I am starting math class with a tricky division or multiplication question. They are improving! We will begin playing the left overs game again as a review.