Happy Friday! This week I'm combining the Surviving until Summer and
Five Three for Friday linky parties. I'm short on my Five for Friday because of my horrible picture taking skills.
This week I flipped our schedule to create some novelty. For the first 140+ days of school we followed this basic schedule:
So this week, we did it all in reverse to add a little novelty:
Reading Part 1
Reading Part 2
The kids think math in the morning is great and so do I. But I figured out that I like any subject in the morning better, because I do NOT prefer reading in the afternoon. I think school should be 8-12. Ha!
This is my second year in first grade, so my math class as been ever evolving. I'm still trying to find a "style" I like. My district got a new math curriculum this year. It is comprised of three main parts:
Short Interactive Video for Whole Group Time
Workbook for Guided Practice, Independent Practice, and Problem Solving
Math Games for extension
Anyway, I've been saying over and over, "I just think this would work so much better IF I interwined this curriculum with guided math and math tub rotations. I think I'll do that next year." On Wednesday I decided not to wait. After all, I've got twenty little scientists/mathemeticians ready and willing to try something new. They were very happy to be part of an "experiment" to see if they liked math this new way:
Short Interactive Video for Whole Group
Five rotations: teacher table, math journal, and three tubs with related games/activities
For now we are working on the workbook at the teacher table instead of as a large group. I like it more. The kids like it more. It's a win-win!
I busted out some "old" math tub games. These have Christmas lights on them, but it saved me some prep time (and sanity). These come from Reagan Tunstall's Big Bundle of Math Centers.
And, I found these old overhead projector place value tens and ones. Recently we've worked with Base Ten blocks A LOT, so this was a change. And the kids thought these flat, neon manipulatives were cool colors. Remember overhead projectors???
That's how I survived this week at school. Seven more weeks to go!