So far 2015 in my classroom has been great! My kids came back on Monday and were quiet and for the most part on task....not sure if it was a Christmas break hangover or they were ready to work. Well, I have to say, the whole week has been that way:) I thought I would give ya a little peek at what we have been up to this week:)
This week/year started with some changes for my kiddos and me....
I had forgotten until break was almost over that I completely rearranged my classroom the last day before break. Surprise!!
Not sure why I didn't buy these and use them sooner, but I didn't...they are from The Brown Bag Teacher. That was one change my kiddos had. They have adjusted great! I love them. I have always, well except during the lovely state test, had my desks in groups, so these are great. It's a quick and simple way to "team them up" for partner or group work:)
We have been hitting fractions hard and the kids are loving it. Today we did mixed numbers and improper fractions and I showed them a little strategy to flip a mixed number to improper fraction and you should have seen the light bulbs go off!!! Love it when that happens:)
Sadly, over Christmas break one of our hermie reading buddies died, so I had to get a new one.
The shell of the new one has an angry bird painted on it. Of course they super loved that. I pick different kids each day to read with the crabs during our Daily 5 rotations and believe me, they don't let me forget:)
Change to our math routine...right after our Morning Math Meeting,
they go back to their desks and I have some type of a problem on the board they have to prove with evidence. I have them work in partners and groups of 3. I LOVE the conversations I hear going on as they talk things through:)
I teach math mostly in a workshop format, so this got added to the beginning. It was something we saw at a training and I liked it...keep in mind it is still new to them...
These were some results of today's "prove it". I really love how they used a number of strategies to solve the same problem.
After a few minutes, I call time and usually pick one team to go up front and present...today I chose several because I was so impressed by the different ways to used to prove it.
It makes me happy that they came up with several ways. I tell them they can't build a house with one tool, so they need several tools to solve problems:)
We also made new goals. (the board is full now...this was taken mid process) The goals they made Monday are for the next 9 days because that's when the quarter ends. This fab idea I got from my friend 3rd Grade Thoughts! Check out her posts about class goals.
We also started a new Think Math question. The kids beg me for this too!
Since we start every Monday with a Book Frenzy (The Book Whisperer) we had a book raffle on Monday too! I have an awesome group of readers this year. Makes this teacher's heart happy!
That wasn't all we did this week...just some of the highlights! I hope maybe you got an idea or 2 you can use:) Have a great weekend and don't forget what Monday is....