Day 88: Time

Coming-SoonWith my 5th grade advanced students on a trip this morning, I had an uninterrupted block of time to work on curriculum and planning for the upcoming third grade multiplication unit. Oh, how I love to search for ideas and activities.

 

(Wow! I’ve fallen waaaay behind on my blog! This post is from January 29.)

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Day 87: Exploring Equivalents

Coming-SoonWith all the designs complete, today my 5th grade advanced students had the opportunity to discuss their designs and prove that they work. Evident in their designs was that the size of the whole was different from student to student. While one design was a rectangular array with 16 squares another had 8 and another 36. The varied size of the whole led seamlessly into a discussion of equivalent fractions. For example, if one-fourth of the design must be red, and there are four boxes in the design, one must be red. Designs with 16 squares, therefore would have to have 4 red squares and designs with 36 would need to have 9. As students made their observations, each was recorded alongside the design card. The conversation also proved that certain designs did not work and needed to be altered to fit the criteria.

(I’m almost caught up on my blog. This post is from January 28!)

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Day 86: Create a Design

Screenshot 2014-02-03 18.35.41My 5th grade advance students began their exploration of fractions shortly before the winter break through a series of tasks cards. Each card had specific information about the design to be drawn and the only limitation was the size of the paper (i.e. all of the designs should fit on one side of a sheet of graph paper). Today, students completed their designs.

(I’m almost caught up on my blog. This post is from January 28!)

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Day 85: Ahhh!

20140203-181616.jpgWhile the rest of school returns from winter break today, my reality check is postponed for one more day as my family and I spend one last day in Boca Raton visiting my grandfather.

(I’m almost caught up on my blog. This post is from January 27!)

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Day 84: Hungry?

20140203-150115.jpgWhile the snack choices do look delicious, this was not what I expected inside one of the desks, particularly since there is no eating during my 4th period class (the given snack breaks are prior to 3rd period and right after 7th) . Oh, the joys of sharing a classroom.

At least all of the desks are empty and clean as we head into our winter break!

(Yes, I know that I’m way behind on my blog. This post is from January 15!)

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Days 82-83: Sick Days

sad-faceHaving strep as an adult is terrible. The pain in my throat and fever wiped me out for three days straight. As a sick day is usually more trouble than its worth, I rarely take one. Yet this week I was so miserable, I took two.

But being sick this particular week had its benefits. 1) My 3-day pre-winter break work week was now down to just 1 day and 2) Justin Aion introduced me to Hidato puzzles.

(Yes, I know that I’m way behind on my blog. This post is from January 13-14!)

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Day 81: Fractions and Decimals

20140203-173447.jpgWith this cut-and-paste activity, my 6th graders had to match the multiplication sentence with its respective product. However, the multiplication sentences were written as fractions and the products as decimals.  Aside from noticing patterns, students noticed a relationship between the place value of the factors and their products.

(Yes, I know that I’m way behind on my blog. This post is from January 10!)

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