Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School Craziness & Freebie

I have been in school 7 days and I finally feel like I am starting to feel like a normal person again!  Back to School is exciting, but exhausting at the exact same time.  Shew! 

I am teaching two types of classes: special education/pull-out math classes, as well as intervention classes for regular education students who are behind on benchmarks.  Teaching these classes are HARD work, but soooooo incredibly rewarding :)  Here's a peek at what's been going on in Room 118 lately:
We've been working on using our base-10 mats to build numbers and continue developing our number sense.  We were even able to get into adding with and without regrouping.  What a breeze since we had our tens-frame drawn right on our mat.  I read about Tens-frames at Math Coach's Corner.  If you are a math teacher K-6, you MUST check out this blog.  It is AH-MA-ZING!!!  I learned so much this summer.

I also had made my kids matching cards.  They had to match the word form, number form, and base-10 picture form of numbers. 

We worked on evens and odds in my intervention classes.  We started the week with taking a specified number of blocks and sorting into two groups.  If they could be split into equal groups (not even groups), they were even.  Developing this understanding was sooo important.  Once again...I read about this at Math Coaches Corner :)  In this pic, students have a large number (3 and 4 digits) to sort into even/odd.  We started building our ISNs this week, too.

Because we now know about evens and odds, we started working on multiplication.  We started with x2.  One of our big focus was that multiplication means "groups of".  This worksheet had the students solve the problem (not hard), but also draw the groups.  You can pick up this freebie HERE.  If the problem was 2 x 4, they read that as "two groups of 4."  They drew two circles/groups with 4 X's in each one.  Lots of Aha! moments with multiplication this week. 
While looking for a different video, I came across THIS video that shows an elementary class using Whole Brain Teaching in math.  I knew nothing about it, and still don't know much, but after watching 2-3 minutes, I know I had to incorporate something in my classroom.  This week, after lots of practice with "Oh Class?" and "What is multiplication?" with lots of handsignals, we were rocking and rolling.  Below is a student's written response to some of the items we learned this week :)

I have SOOOOO much more to blog about, but I've gotta run...  Be sure to like this blog on BlogLovin' by clicking the button at the top of the page :)


MS. OCD said...

Thanks for sharing about your math activities. I have two groups of intervention classes too, and those first few weeks are exhausting!

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