Sunday, February 23, 2014

Arrays, Arrays!

Hi Friends,

    I don't know about you but I've got the Sunday Night blues...doubly hard because it's the end of winter break.  On the bright side, my plans are done (mostly) and my homework packets are ready.

   As I was thinking about my math plans, I started to focus on the foundations of multiplication.  This week, I will be teaching the kiddos about arrays.  While most of the kids are super excited to start learning about multiplication, many of them truly struggle with the concept.  In second grade, we are responsible for teaching them that arrays are a useful tool to help them solve problems with equal groups.  We really only need to go as far as repeated addition but I like to show the multiplication fact with the repeated addition sentence to get them used to what it looks like.  I thought I'd start with this Brain Pop, Jr. video.  This is, by far, one of my favorite resources.  It is a paid subscription but well worth the cost if you can swing it.  They do have a small free library but for me, it just wasn't enough.

   The other part of my math plans for this week include this power point and booklet that I created to help the kiddos with their arrays.  I knew that I needed to make that real life connection for them and I knew it had to be visual.  My plan is to project a slide and have the kiddos write an addition sentence on their small whiteboards.  Then, we will add it to the power point.  For the higher learners, they can also write the multiplication fact that matches the picture.  I'm a big believer in the "I Do, We Do, You Do' approach so we will start small.

   To provide further practice for the kiddos, I created this little booklet.  We will use stickers to build arrays and then write the matching addition/multiplication sentences.  You could also use stamps or draw the array.  My kiddos love to use the Scento markers!

   If you think this is something you might be interested in, please click on either of the pictures above. They will take you straight to my TpT store.  As this is a very new journey for me, I'd love any and all feedback.  Thank you so much!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Five for Friday

Hi Friends!

We made it through another week.  And not just any week.  It was a snowy, Valentine's, full moon, week before vacation kind of week.  It felt like a great time to join Doodle Bugs Teaching Five for Friday linky party so here I am.  It's my very first time so I hope I do it justice...

Number 1 - We had yet another snow day.  We are at four so far this year with more snow coming.  Our original finish date was June 13th which was a Friday.  Now we are ending on June 19th.  I really, really, really do NOT want a full week of school for the last week so no more snow days.  In fact, all of my snowman decorations are coming down - because that will totally control the weather.  A girl can hope, right?

Number 2 - We've been celebrating the Olympics at school and completely enjoying them at home.  At school, we've been tracking the medals.  The kiddos get super excited whenever the US moves up in the ranks and so bummed when they slide back down.  It's really cute to see their reactions.  We've been using Katie King's Winter Games freebie all week.  You know, that very talented teacher/blogger from Queen of the First Grade Jungle.  It came just in time for our current math unit which is fractions. It's truly a fantastic freebie so if you don't follow her, please go check out her blog right now!

Number 3 - Here is a small sampling of our Olympic themed read-alouds and trade books.  Everyone (including me!) really enjoyed these books.  We are currently in the middle of the Magic Tree House Hour of the Olympics.  Man, you should've seen the reaction of the girls when they learned that women and girls were NOT allowed to compete or even perform at the Olympics!

Clicking on any of the books above will get you directly to Amazon!

Number 4 - We started blogging again - the class, I mean.  the name of our blog is Pencils, Projects and Pigs.  We started the year off really strong with the blog but then the holidays came and I let it slide.  So now I'm trying to get the kids all pumped up about it again.  I have a few who are truly dedicated so that should help.

Number 5 - This one is extra random.  As my husband was driving to work Thursday morning, he noticed this deer just sitting there in front of our neighbor's porch.  Life has a way of telling us that there is so much to appreciate in our little world.  Isn't she a beauty?  (I had to zoom in quite a bit so it may be hard to tell... :) )