I feel like I’ve been playing catch up for the past couple weeks. We’ve had several morning delays and an early dismissal that have slowed us down a little. I also feel that I need to spend a little more time on fractions, but my curriculum map says that I need to be moving on to measurement. So, I’ve been doubling up on my math lessons and squeezing as much into a day as possible. My new fraction manipulatives finally came in, and we’re spending a little more time on equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. The manipulatives are awesome, and have been a huge help by allowing my students to conceptually understand the size of fractions. I think I’ve taken this unit a little further than necessary, but I love giving my students a challenge.
We’ve also been measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch. We went on a treasure hunt today, which is one of my favorite lessons in our measurement unit. In this activity, students are given a set of clues where they have to measure where a pirate walked to find where he hid the treasure. My kids cracked me up, because they couldn’t get past why the pirate would burry his treasure where he did. They were so caught up in the back story of the lesson that it was hard for them to focus on the measurement aspect. They did great on the measuring, but we definitely need to practice north, south, east, and west.