Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Calendar Time Routine

Each class, I start with directions on the board, like this screen shot.
When I am ready and I think they've had ample amounts of time to get ready, I start passing out Brummett Bucks to the first four or five people who have read and followed the directions.  I can tell by how their desk looks. 
Then, I say "Oh, Class?"  to which they response "Oh, yes?" while spinning in their seats to find me.  We jump into calendar time.  We have practiced and practiced their responses because I want them in unison, not someone rushing to beat everyone else.  Q/A: Class, What month is it?  What day is it?  What day was yesterday? What day is tomorrow?  What is today's date?  And, how many days have we been in school?
For my interventions class, we grab our hundreds chart from our working folder and fill in that day's number.  Then, while doing my PD on Pinterest this summer, I came across this
The kids  then fill out that day's box.  For the 2nd day of school, they write a 2 on their hundreds chart.  (They use the same sheet the whole year.)  Then, they write the decimal.  We have practiced a million times how to say a decimal.  It was ROUGH at first, but OMG they are getting it!!!!!  It is not zero-point-oh-two, but FINALLY it is zero-and-two-hundredths.  AWESOME!!!!  Brummett Bucks are passed out here, too: ) Then on to the fraction, which as to be simplified every other day at least.  What joys :(  But, the reason kids struggle is because of lack of experience.  So what better way to get that experience than doing it almost
This is hard to do, especially if you don't know if a number is even or odd, or know multiplication facts, so we've been working on that.  You can read about that HERE.
The kids simplify their fractions on the same sheet of notebook paper and then write their final fraction on their chart.  We've talked about prime/composite, divisibility rules of 2 and 5 already, evens/odds, reviewed numerator/denominator, parts of wholes, and obviously, what does simplify mean?  Adding this routine has been AMAZING for this kids so far, and we've only been in school 7 days :) 
From here, we launch into our lesson.  Building the procedures and routines has been critical for our calendar time.  Without the procedures in place, this would be a TOTAL TRAINWRECK!.
If this is something that you are interested in, you can grab my hundreds chart freebie HERE.  It is in PowerPoint, so you can manipulate it.  I run a hundreds chart on the front, and a hundreds chart on the back.  And, we use the same one all year.  So far, 7 days in school, we haven't lost one yet....yet being the operative word :)


Alison said...

I do the same thing when the kids come into class. It makes life so much easier and I don't have to repeat myself 30 times.
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