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Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Friday

TGIF - What a busy week! I am happy to be linking up with Doodlebugs Teaching again.  I have been working my little 2nd graders to the bone.  While focusing on developing a deeper understanding of place value, I am focusing my attention to the Common Core Math Practices.  This week we charted "words we use to describe numbers" (bigger, smaller, less, more etc.) and practicing using these words when solving problems and explaining our thinking.  Below are some of the activities I planned to help develop their understanding.

These kiddos were struggling when answering questions that asked "how many more?"  I thought of this daily routine  that they loved!  Each student grabbed a bunch of cubes, counted them then lined them up.  Visually they could determine how many more.  But what math equations model how to find the difference, if presented in a word problems?  These physical bar model helped a lot!

Manipulatives can be a little confusing, especially if we introduce them too quickly.  This week I worked with a student who was stumped when I asked: Is 30 was the same at 3?  There was also some difficulty "seeing" 100 since it's simply 1 square base-10 block.  So to help with this misconception we started counting ones and didn't stop until we had 100 (phew, so glad  I had enough!).  There was a real "ah-ha" moment and she was so excited to label and take pictures.

Thank you Erin, from The Open Door Classroom - Race to 50 was a big hit.  We also did a number sort - using 3-digit numbers written in standard form and expanded form.  Keeping their hands active makes all the difference when these kiddos are practicing their math skills.  

DWELP - this game is addictive!  If you have the Starbucks app then it is free until May!!  If you like puzzles then it is for you.  To complete a puzzle, just link all the same-colored dots by placing them near another.  Sounds easy...but it's not.  I'm currently stuck on level 61 - help!  

SNOW DAY!  Yesterday was the perfect day for a snow day.  I recently had my closets refitted and painted and I was looking forward to this weekend so I could unpack all my clothes and stop living out of cardboard boxes.  Luckily I had a free day to get it done.  I also had a chance to watch season 1 of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.  How did I miss this show?  Luckily the entire season was one and I was able to watch mind-numbing, yet wonderfully entertaining reality TV!  :)

I'm looking forward to checking out your posts.  Thanks for stopping by.   Hope you had a great week!

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