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!
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.
The children were assigned several projects to demonstrate their understanding visually of the concepts, vocabulary and skill taught in our geometry unit.
Using a visual tool such as the iPad in conjunction with hands on activities such as building the set of lines in this project by using bendable, is a powerful learning combo. This project incorporates a variety of learning styles and interests and allows the children to show and share what they learned.
This project involved several sequential steps - 1) Using the song lyrics to LINES and other visual resources build the assigned lines using bendables. 2) Take a clear photo of finished product 3) Using the SKITCH app label your photo according to the differentiated assignment directions.
We started our daily tournaments between monsters using our multiplication skills. The children love this and always root for the monster they hope wins with the largest product. So far we have had 10 tournaments and the children are getting faster and faster at solving the problems.
We are also learning skip count songs for each multiple using an amazing series of songs and scripts. The children are using two wonderful multiplication apps called Sushi Monster and Multiplication Math Matthews App on their iPads. Once a week we take a timed multiples test and they are improving. Although many need the multiplication chart . Those 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s!! Whew!
In small math groups, we continue to work on the multiplication algorithms and practice skip counting & solving problems using our multiplication skills.
We ended the integrated math/science pumpkin unit of study by examining and answering questions of graphs I generated using student data. They enjoyed seeing who had the most/least seeds, heaviest/lightest etc. They were surprised that the size of the pumpkin did not determine the number or weight of seeds.
Once the children examined the graphs, they were asked to organize their data into a popplet. This simple app called Popplet allows a student to create Graphic Organizers ( G.O. Charts) using pictures, drawings or type written information. It is very visual and organized. They were given back all their completed worksheets in a stapled book as a resource to complete this final project. It was a motivating way for the children to look at all they had learned about their pumpkin . I was also able to print these popplets for display as well.
Edmodo is a teacher app where I can load content, quizzes, assignments and ask questions to check for understanding. Think of a very restricted Face Book type platform with no ads and only the students and I communicate. Using Edmodo I can break the children in smaller targeted groups. For this month I have been using it for math. For my math group we have been watching short lessons done by Math Antics where I ask a basic conceptual question and then they complete a worksheet that is related. Math Antics is very visual and uses son effects the kids really like.
Math Antics is a web based tutorial program that breaks down some basic mathematical content into small lessons the children can watch as many times as needed.
Smart is a poem by Shel Silverstein where a boy makes trades staring with a dollar and ending up with 5 cents. It is a cute poem that teaches the value of coins.
Once we practice reading, reciting, acting it out & completing a math worksheet we wrote letters to dad explaining and apologizing for trading away his $1.00 bill. They then used an app called Puppet Pals where they made a puppet show & read their edited letter to dad.
It was also a way for me to have the children show their understanding about why dad was red in the face at the end.
The children were given 4 cards with specific amounts of money they had to make using coins. This is an easy lesson to differentiate according to the child's ability to combine coins.
The children than had to take 4 photos and make a popplet demonstrating their understanding and ability to write their totals in the correct form and amount.
This was multi step process incorporating a hands on approach & several apps -camera , cropping and popplet and typing to create their final project. They did an excellent job and were proud of their efforts.
Enjoy their finished projects! More coming soon !
Before the 5th graders went off to camp we began a review of Place Value as we prepare for the many math concepts that build on this understanding. Math skills and concepts like : basic number sense, adding and subtracting with regrouping, rounding & estimating, skip counting and multiplication, division, fractions and more. Understanding place value spans many grade levels and mathematical concepts. We have also been working weekly with our 100 boards.
Once the 5th graders return we will build on this concept across the grade levels and concepts.
We began by building numbers with physical blocks first then moved to a free app called Number Pieces which will be used later for more complex multi step math work.
Once the children can build a simple 2 digit number they were asked to build different 3 digit numbers!
There are several fun apps that help teach coin recognition, value, combinations, spending and making change. The concepts of earning , saving while incorporating basic math skills in a game format is engaging and fun practice to the skills & concepts taught in class.
My favorite 2 are
World of Cents- FREE This game has 3 levels of difficulty. The children get to choose a character and play a 3 in a row matching game. The children can switch between worlds and spend their earned money to build a magical play ground. They can watch their earnings go up and down and make decisions on what to buy. Each playhouse costs money and needs to be maintained Some of their playgrounds were beautiful!
Cash Cow- This is another themed puzzle game that's based around the mathematics of money. The children help Buck save his farm by combining coins, earning power ups and earning special pieces. In order to clear coins from the board, you need to connect smaller denominations and merge them into larger denominations. For example, connecting five nickels makes a quarter -- but so does connecting a dime, two nickels, and five pennies. The strategy is all in the numbers.