Thursday, March 9, 2017

Literacy in Math


Hey Folks!
So I have been seriously into math and reframing my pedagogy surrounding my math instruction.  I am participating in the revision of Ohio Department of Education's Model Curriculum. I have to say, I am working with some amazing people. Like not kidding. Amazing educators who have worked tirelessly to restructure teacher's thinking, and GET OUT OF THE WAY. My biggest takeaway has been to get out of the kid's way, and let them work. Let them explore and learn and ask questions and work cooperatively and talk to each other {and you!}.  And I have been working on doing this in my classroom. Let me just say... It's HARD! I have had to put down the Expo marker and let my students go. I have had to restructure my instructional framework, and put our tools at kid level. And boy... Have I watched them soar!


Over the past couple weeks I have been trying to incorporate more literature focused math mini lessons that required my students to solve a problem, use a series of skills, or solve multi-step problems. One of the literature pieces we used was a poem from Shel Silverstein called Band-Aids.

As you can see, this is a super fun poem that you could obviously use to teach lots of literacy elements, but for our purposes, we used it for math!

Here's what we did:

  • Day One 
    • Read the poem and discussed the literacy elements
    • Acted it out
  • Day Two
    • Read the poem {repeat, choral, boys and girls, etc}
    • Underlined the number words and discussed the meaning of the number word
      • Actually, the students suggested we do this! We talked about how number words mean the same thing as the numeric representation as well as the quantity the number words represent.
    • Discussed how we could figure out the quantity of Band-Aids
      • The students decided to number the lines
      • Divide the poem 
        • Each pair of students ended up getting two lines, and had to figure out the quantity within each line
      • Students used LOTS of strategies to figure out how many bandaids were in each pair of lines
      • Students presented how they found their quantities to the class
  • Day Three
    • Students worked in pairs or teams to figure out how to add all of the numbers together!
    • Students shared their strategies


We had stuff everywhere! But it was fun, and engaging, and challenging, and cooperative, and all things good. I know I have a long way to go, but dang, I have got to be on the right road at least!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Long Vowel Sorts

HIII!!!!!!

Guys. I have been so. stinkin. busy. But only in the best way. For serious. I have been a workin' woman. No but for real. I have been clicking and dragging until my fingers are sore! I just FINALLY finished these awesome long vowel sort activities that are going to benefit my firsties so. much. Long vowels are HARD ya'll! Specially long U. There's UE, EW, UI, U-E, and the list goes on and on and on and on. But! That's why we're here! Cause I'm a problem solver!


I know that long vowels and vowel teams are quickly approaching in our curriculum and I wanted to be sure that my students have a go-to practice, hands on, activity. I usually have these task cards set up by a pocket chart, but sometimes my students like to lay them all out on the floor and sort them. There is also a recording sheet to have for accountability and to use as a progress monitoring tool. 



I have these set up in task car boxes, and my students get to choose which word sort they practice. I also use them as a quick formative assessment, and as an intervention tool! 


I hope your students have as much fun with these sorts as my students did!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Walking in a Rainy Wonderland


I know. I know. I stink at this during the school year. I just really struggle with this. So right now I am home sick with some sort of awful stomach bug, but I think I am on the tail end of it and am getting over it. Of course I had to miss the first day back with my babies, but I would rather keep whatever this is to myself. Over the past few months I have been working on a Calendar Math Journal and am finally putting the finishing touches on it! That's what I enjoy the least- the cover page and the instructions! But I know that for this particular product it HAS to have printing directions, and that they will make life so much easier for teachers!  When that is finished I PROMISE I will post about them!