Monday, April 28, 2014

When Is 2 + 2 A Boat? AND...................... Time For A Give-Away!

When You Are Doing Pattern Block Addition:

"2 is a boat.  1 + 1 = 2."

What a GREAT way to get kids to think about all of the ways you can add to any particular number.
"2 is a bird.  2 + 0 = 2."

How It Works:

Today we were working on the #2.  Students got to pick ONLY 2 SHAPES or ONLY 2 COLORS.
That was the hard part, limiting it to only 2 shapes or 2 colors.  Talk about higher level thinking skills.  This was awesome for getting kids to THINK and then EXPLAIN their answer.  This also encouraged oral language development through structured discussion and the use of math vocabulary.
"2 is a pair of blue glasses.  2 + 0 = 2."

If both pieces were exactly the same, their number sentence was 2 + 0 = 2:

"2 is a pair of blue glasses.  2 + 0 = 2"
I wrote the words this child needed to copy
on the lined dry-erase paper mounted on his placemat.

If both pieces were different, their number sentence was 1 + 1 = 2:
"2 is a lamp.  1 + 1 = 2."

What Else Can You Create With Only 2 Pattern Blocks?

The fun was getting to see what everyone else in our small group came up with.  Here are a few of the results:
Can you spot the volcano, the red bowl of mac & cheese,
the house, the ship, the sword & the bird?
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You get My Addition Book (Pattern Block Math as seen above), Circle Math (addition to 10),
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See you all tomorrow.
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  1. Connections to writing using measurement. I was wondering if you used student generated writing or dictation of their answers to a specific word problem.

    1. We use both depending on the time of year and the projects we are working on. :)

  2. I would love more posts on common core math for kinders!

  3. I would like to see more posts on math for 1st graders.

  4. I like the critical thinking combined with math and writing. A great way to get all those in one lesson!

  5. I would love to see some science themes! I have a difficult time finding quality resources for this.

    1. Great idea. I'll be presenting a session on science at I Teach K this July, so I'll try to blog about some of my science ideas too. :)

  6. Me, too! I would love to see more science themes. I would also like word work bundles by theme or month for all the months.

  7. Anything about the day-to-day workings of your classroom:)

    1. I would love to see more ideas like this that can be easily adapted to varying levels of abilities.

    2. I agree with some of the other comments, making the common core FUN! ;)

    3. I will keep this in mind and blog about a typical day in my class. :)

  8. I would love to see ways to make common core fun and how to fit the common core into a half-time Kindergarten program.

  9. Fun common core science themes!

  10. What do you do for the end of the year?

  11. Wow! So many great ideas for me to blog about: Classroom routines, Common Core fun, science, and our end-of-the-year activities. I just need to get through this busy week. Then I'll start to address these topics. In the mean time, isn't the math/writing activity at the beginning of this blog post a great way to address Common Core Math fluency to 5 and Common Core writing? My kids had tons of fun creating this mini book! :)

  12. A couple of things come to mind like how to keep kinders focused at the end of the year and another how to engage those students that do struggle with addition and other math concepts (I would like more fun ideas). Thanks a lot for all of your neat idea. I love combining writing and math. Thank you so much for the chance.

  13. These look amazing I can really see my students having fun and learning.