I know it’s not technically Friday, but I was just way too tired last night to get anything done! As many of you have noted Daylight Savings was a tough one this year!! For me, it was on the last day of our spring break (which, side note- our district pushed back a week for the next two years! So now it will correspond with the surrounding schools and universities… as well as nicer weather!), so waking up for work on Monday morning was ROUGH. I did make sure to get out of the house early enough though for a Starbucks run for myself and my teaching partner 😉 We needed it! So, long story short, here is my 5 for Friday… on Saturday morning.
I am super excited to announce that this blog is about to get a much needed makeover!! I have been working with the talented Tenille over at Designs by Tenille for the past few weeks. If you follow teacher bloggers, then most certainly you have run across one of her designs (check out her portfolio here). Since I find her designs to be so appealing, and they mesh so well with my personal style, I stopped trying to create one of my own and let her do the work! I can honestly say it turned out almost exactly as I had imagined it, and exactly as I had hoped it would- she exceeded my expectations in every way. I can’t wait for you to see it!!!
(Graphic organizers provided by Kickin it in Kindergarten)
For this math tub activity I simply gave these two a bucket of cubes, my latest dollar store find, and a dry erase grid and told them to record the data that they sorted. They each sorted the cubes and graphed their results a little differently- this picture shows them spontaneously explaining what they did to each other 🙂
For our 100th day celebration one of our stations was “Build a 100 cup structure”. I simply told each group that they had to work together to build something out of all 100 cups… some groups struggled with this concept more than others, but this group certainly had it figured out!
At some point in my teaching career it became somewhat of a faux pas to do art projects in the classroom. Well, gosh darnit I’m going to bring it back, and if anyone has anything to say about it they can kiss my paintbrush! While I’m not going to rush out today to stock up on tempura paints ( I am on spring break after all ), I am going to start focusing more on how to use “doodling” purposefully in my classroom. I have been piloting 3 new math curriculums this year and one of the things that I have loved is that they all encourage students to draw pictures and “show their work” (does that phrase make anyone else cringe with horrible flashbacks?).
Here is a video of one of my mathematicians using drawing to help him add!
Strategy 3 is Field Trips, I already know this is going to be somewhat of a hot topic for me to read about. We have seen a severe decline in the number of field trips we take (like we have 0 planned for this year…;-/ ), so I can’t wait to see what she says about them! Rest assured I will be back on Tuesday ready to discuss it.
The rest of the readings schedule can be found below: