Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bits and Pieces from the Week

We had a snow day yesterday.  It was a pleasant surprise, but in many ways somber.  It was our last built in calamity day.  Any future snow days will be days we have to make up at the end of the year.

My class was supposed to take a field trip yesterday to see a musical.  I'm sure they were disappointed as we had been preparing and building suspense for the trip all week.  Fortunately, we have already rescheduled the trip.

Our math unit on standard units of measurement is moving along quickly.  We've been chanting the equivalent units of measurement to help students memorize how many feet in a yard, etc.  My students are comfortable measuring in inches and feet.  We still need to work on estimation and how many more.  Do you have any tricks for teaching students how to solve "how many more/fewer" questions?

I gave students a little more freedom in their word work this week.  Here is what a group of students did with the direction to use the magnetic letters to make words.

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