It feels like it has taken me forever to really get into my groove this year. It may be due to our late start and already having 2 inclement weather days (after the tornado we experienced last year, we’re probably a little over cautious about weather). I also tend to forget what the beginning of the year is like. After spending a couple weeks on rituals and routines and modeling various math tasks, I finally got to start my math work stations yesterday, and it was WONDERFUL! Everyone was on task and, for the most part, knew exactly what to do. I’m not going to meet with groups for a couple of weeks during this time, so that I can walk around and work out any potential problems.
Of course the ipads were a huge hit. I cannot believe my secret hidden stack of papers to file made it to my blog. I hide it under my computer paper to make me at least look organized:)
One of my favorite activities is my place value scavenger hunt. In this task students choose a card that asks them to find a number with a particular digit in a particular place (ex: 7 in the thousands place). Then, students have to skim through the World Almanac to find any number that has that characteristic. They absolutely love Almanacs and really have no clue that they’re developing math and non fiction reading skills during this task.
I have so many more activities that I can wait to try out. I love having a new project to keep things fresh and exciting.