Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun Tally Table Activity and a little Rest

      Oh my, how does everyone fine the time to teach, blog, and be a parent. Seriously, I have been working so hard to understand benchmarks, gather material, and teach it explicitly that I'm exhausted. I really figured that out today. We had a day off from school and I did not wake up until 11am. Good thing my mini me's (my twin daughters) were able to staple my papers together.

Starting off. Those are our Math Notebooks and Reader Response
 Journals in the blue bucket
Anyway, I wanted to share a fun activity my class did as we worked on MA.3.S.7.1. The students were placed in groups of 4 or 5 and each student was given a random amount of fruit loops. I told them they could only touch their own fruit loops. The students were told they needed to create  a tally table regarding the amount of each color fruit loop their group had. I seen and heard many mathematical practices being used during this time. The thinking process was evident also. Some groups immediately started to discuss how they needed to go about finding out how many each person had then add them all together. Some groups only focused on the individual count and lacked communication with the group. This slowed them up, but they eventually got on track. The students then had to transfer the data to a frequency table, create 2 questions about their data for the other groups, and explain how they created the tables.
Adding their totals together.

Making the tally table.
The students transfererd the information from the tally table to a frequency table.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Meet Jordan Our Class Pet

       It's the 4th week of school and finally I feel like I can breath again. I was scared out of my mind moving to 3rd grade. Yes, the FCAT scares me. Even though I taught 5th grade before. It's different in 3rd grade it's no learning gains, it's just you are a 3 or your not. 

        Well enough of my drama. I guess I'm going to change the name of my blog, but I will not use a grade in the title anymore. This has been a season of change our school has a new Assistant Principal, I'm teaching a new grade, and we have a new class pet.  
                                                  Meet Jordan our Leopard Gecko

In 3 short weeks he has peaked the interest of my students. They want to know more and more about him and his natural habitat and they have begun to transfer that interest to other animals. Today during small group we read about the Weddell seal in Antarctica the book explained what the seal ate but my students wanted to know what was a predator of the seal. I took the opportunity to discuss reliable information when doing research and we searched the internet and found out that the Polar Bears and Orca's were two predators of the seal among others. I'm glad they are excited to learn. I have a long journey ahead of me, however, I accept the challenge and look forward to success!

 Also, I attended a Reptile Show this weekend and I was amazed to see a baby Kangaroo.