We worked collaboratively on a document today using google docs. We could all see the same document on our iPads, and as suggestions were made to improve a writing draft, we typed in our revision. The students got a kick out of the ability to see the changes being made instantaneously and were eager to contribute to improving the draft. The difficulty with today's lesson was when too many students were trying to tap on the document at the same time and made unintentional changes to the writing.
Some of the words we associate with perimeter are:
border outside rim edge
We used tiles to create a shape and then calculated the perimeter of our figures by counting the number of units around our shape.
We will be moving on to focus our learning on finding the perimeter of squares and rectangles and then work with finding area.
Time sure flies....when you're having fun learning! We have spent time getting to know each other through Tribes activities. Our favorite was the three ball toss. We worked cooperatively to pass around a ball while practicing our tribe agreements:
Right to Pass/Right to Participate
No Put Downs
We were able to work our way up to tossing three balls around our community and this helped us to learn each others' names.
Learning our rules and routines has been a priority to help our year run smoothly.
For Math, we jumped right into our Daily Mental Math (DMM). Each day we practice mental computations and problem solving and dive deeper into the problems by thinking about math concepts such as the inverse relationship, commutative property and fact families. The DMM allows us to cover a range of math concepts and it spirals so we revisit problems multiple times. It's important we LABEL our answers so we are clear about what it represents. We have also been exploring different ways to express numbers and understanding the importance of place value. This will be valuable when we move into addition and subtraction strategies.
Our new Language Arts program is Wonders by McGraw Hill. It is a state adopted program developed to meet the needs of the common core standards and includes many digital components. (We LOVE technology....when it works.) We have been learning some of the new routines for Vocabulary and Decoding and have been practicing responding to questions with text evidence.
Creating a circle map to describe the GLOs
Place value practice