Today we worked with another math tool: part part whole. We worked through mainly addition and some subtraction problems to use this tool.
They have a math center now full of tools to use during math workshop. Our anchor chart is hanging in the back of the room for reference (or to use as a teaching tool :)). Tomorrow we are going to discuss mathematicians: what are they? what do they do? And try (fingers crossed) to run a workshop type atmosphere with less talking from me and more working for them! I'll let you know how it goes!
Today we read a great book called Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle. Not only does it get us thinking about personal narratives, but it also helped up remember that we can do stuff! That even though it's hard right now, we will get better at writing stories. At the beginning of the year, writing workshop can see very daunting but I thought this book would remind us that we get better at things by practicing them, again and again! And at the end it says and you'll never forget! So we connected that to our writing! Once we learn how, we will always be able to write! Here are some examples!
Today we practiced logging into the computers. It was QUITE A TASK :/ but we got it! (after many questions like: "where are the numbers?" "what's an underscore?" "where is shift" "what do you mean?" :) Their log ins are incredible difficult but they did it! They helped one another and we DEFINITELY talked about PERSEVERANCE today! They were able to explore Pebble Go for a little bit! A site they LOVE! (lots of nonfiction read aloud to them)!
This week we've done a great job learning what our workshop should look like. Here is what is posted in our room. We have been practicing daily to follow these expectations. Right now I time them and their minutes equate to buckeyes in the bucket! Much to their chagrin, that will stop once they get the hang of it! :)
Today I posed the question in our math workshop opener: I asked: How many students are wearing shoes with laces? (they worked and came back with an answer). One strategy a child used was they used the book bins as a number line. He figured out that 14 kids did not have laces. So he started at 22 and counted back 14. He landed on 8, although he didn't realize that was his answer. So he then counted what was left! He other part and got 8! It was such a cool strategy and our tool that we will add tomorrow on our tools chart! The kids learned by watching him show his thinking! A great math moment!