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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Our first art project is complete!  The students had a really good time creating their Funny Face Pumpkins this week.  Since my artistic abilities score at about a zero, I rely on others to help me provide projects for my students to enjoy. Thanks to Deep Space Sparkle for providing this project on TpT!

I like to make sure the students know what to do step-by-step during any kind of art project, so I do it with them!

First, we colored the pumpkin, then the students painted over it.

As you can see, some students were very meticulous with their painting. I think I might have some artists on my hands!

After everyone was finished painting, and we allowed time for the pumpkins to dry, we cut them out.  This was a great informal assessment of fine motor skills as well!

And of course, we had to make our faces look FUNNY, so we used black, white, and green construction paper to do that!  Finn did an excellent job making his pumpkin funny!

  And the final product!  The students were able to be as creative as they wanted to be. Big eyes, sharp teeth, funky hair, and even a ninja pumpkin were created. The children had so much fun making these and I think they did a really nice job!  To integrate ELA into the project, we finished by completing a sequence activity; ordering the steps of how to carve a jack-o-lantern.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2015: Here We Come!

Well, my baby Bulldogs and I are full force at school and we have accomplished so much already! The students have settled nicely into our routines - as am I, due to some changes in how I teach this year! I have always liked the idea of cooperative learning and small group instruction, but we are taking it to another level this year.  Mornings, we immerse ourselves in Literacy Centers and afternoons we have fun using Math Tubs. The students catch on to the idea quickly when I explain the concepts each week, and then it is up to them to complete their work in their center with their partners. Letting go of control and lecturing has been MY challenge, but it has worked beautifully for the students and they are showing progress and much success with this method.  Of course, there is always teacher-lead instruction to introduce a concept or objective first, then they disperse into their learning centers for supplemental learning. 

Below are some examples of our Math Tub activities. See something you want to try?  The caption will tell you where you can find these products on TpT!

Missing Addends:  In this center the students have to match the addition or subtraction sentence to the correct number that is missing.  They record their answers on the chart that is pictured, bring to me to check, and then return to their center to erase their answers. (I use dry erase markers and laminated paper for this activity).

Domino Fact Families:  The students love using the dominoes in math centers. We use them for a variety of math concepts. You can find this center idea on TpT by Miss Giraffe.

Fact Family Robots: Who doesn't love robots, right?!  This is yet another fact family game where the students have to match all the number sentences with their correct family members. They then record their answers. This is a free activity by Reagan Tunstall you can download from TpT. 

More domino action using ten frames!

Quizmo: An oldie - but goody! One child calls out the problems, and the others (usually 3 more) play the game.  They take turns covering the sums and/or differences.

Of course we integrate technology into our math centers. Here, a student is matching numbers to equal the sum of ten. This is a challenging activity, but the students love it!

Simple addition and subtraction timed games is what this little fella is doing.

I also use Starfall in my room for both reading and math. Here, my non-English speaking student is learning basic words in English. 

And finally, we are enjoying getting used to working in our math journals.  The students were asked to independently write four correct subtraction sentences on the wings of the dragonfly.