We use the Think Math! program and workbooks to practice and build our math skills. Some days we have “Game Day” or work to design our own independent math projects. We try to “find the math”. Can you find the math in these projects? Here are some videos of our work!
Look at this work that started out with printing numbers on a paper:
Look at this math invention discovery!
Look at how these pencils have been grouped and counted! How much do 4 groups of 5 equal?
Watch this project evolve:
This student came to me showing 4 identical towers of 16.
A student nearby was engaged in a completely different project in which she suddenly needed to know how much 11 was four times. See how one project changed to support anothers:
Further dialogue yielded this
While we were playing today we noticed there were lots of birds on the playground. Then we noticed one was a bluebird! Then someone else saw another bluebird! We spent a long time being quiet and looking out the window at the birds. We used binoculars to see them. You have to be quiet when looking at birds. We found bluebirds on the Peterson’s App and heard their beautiful song.
Homework: Can you draw and label 10 different kinds of birds? More on birds here.
Do you have a feeder at your house? Here’s a site that will help you turn your backyard into a place where more animals will come to visit you so you can watch them and learn about them!
Did you know computers have a language? They do! You have to learn computer language if you want to invent games for kids to play.
Mr Wees is a math expert friend of Ms Echternacht’s. He lives in BC. BC is very different than DC. BC means British Columbia and it’s in Canada. DC means where the boss of the USA lives.
Mr Wees knows computer language. Mr Wees invented these games by writing the computer language:
Click here to see triangles inside of triangles or Roll the dice
There are lots of computer languages. Do you want to learn how to write computer language? You start with CHERP and SCRATCH
We are working to “crack the codes” of math. Did you know that math has lots of secret codes? It does! Instead of sounding out “plus” or “minus” you can just write “+” or “-“. There are lots of patterns and discoveries to be made in math! We chose to work on these projects and worked to make math discoveries.
It all started when someone made this on the counting board:
We went off to make our own projects.
Take a look at our work!
Mr Ben and his class live in Indonesia. They live where the orangutans live. We like to tweet tweet messages to them sometimes.
We told them about Gouter. They don’t have Gouter at their school! But they do have a blog, just like us! Mr Ben and his class made a post for us telling us all about how to make and fly kites! Want to see? Click right here!
Chester had a problem w Froggie today. Chester was playing the maraca and Froggie came up and tapped the maraca. Chester started crying and said Froggie was mean to him. Chester started wailing. The whole class worked with Chester to help him see that Froggie just wanted to play and he had to not cry all the time about things. The class helped him take some deep breaths, be a big raccoon and ask Froggie if he wanted to play the maracas together.
After Chester and Froggie worked it out, we all got the maracas out and played them together! Come on, Chester, listen to this song! You can do it! Be BRAVE! BE STRONG!
We listened to this song today that some friends in Calgary sent to us. It’s from Madame Amy’s class!
We saw these kids on our tweet tweet messages. They are from New Hampshire here in the USA. We could drive there. They said they played in the woods. They made a movie for us to watch!
We liked this so much we went right out and played in our woods! We worked together to move big logs- “heave-ho!” just like they did! Check back for pictures!