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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Math Night At the Grocery Store Packet Completed


The Family Night at the Grocery Store Packet is completed and is available HERE at my 
 This is the English version of the packet. 
 The English/Spanish version will be available shortly.

This 39 page editable packet contains everything you will need to plan and hold a Family Math Night for your school.  The provided checklist assists the Planning Committee in thinking about all the details that make an event successful. Every grade level from K-6th Grade has an activity sheet ready to go!  Need parent input? Then use the Parent Response to the Event Sheet so parents can shout out about how great their children are in using everyday math. Informational Flyers to send home. Don't worry about making posters for the event because they are already done for you. Suggestions for promoting the event are available, and if so many parents and students come to the event that you are wondering what to do with everyone- then use the described ideas in Estimation Alley to control the crowd.

To take a closer look at what is available in the packet, just click on the above picture.  
There are 39 pages in the packet AND even a banner that you can use to promote the event that is also downloadable for free from my TPT store to promote the event or decorate the registration table at the event.
Here are some links to previous posts that describe the materials available in the packet:

The packet is in PowerPoint format so that your committee can edit the pages by highlighting the red words on the page and then typing in your unique 
 information for your event. 

The RED WORDING  tells you what information to insert.
Informational Flyer for the Front Doors of the Store to Guide Participants to the Registration Table
 Everything has been planned for your event... for only $10.00.  The activities for each grade level correlate to the Common Core Standards for that grade level.

If your school is in the Chicago-land area, I would also by available to attend your planning meeting to help your committee pull together the entire event for an additional fee.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

November Calendar Suggestion

Here is my suggestion for calendar time for the month of November:  Create a pattern of coins.
  I used plastic money and just double-stick taped it to the laminated calendar.
As each new coin is introduced, a new piece of information can be discussed about that particular coin. 

 I think it would also be interesting to use the copy machine and make some copies of different state quarters and not just use the same traditional quarter over and over. 

You could also use a pattern of coins fronts and coin backs.

Mathematically talented student suggestion: They could keep a running total of the value of the coins.


What pattern do you see? Coins that represent an increasing value-1cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents

Good class discussion: As the coin increases in value, does it's size also increase?

What would you discuss in your class if you used this calendar for November?

Smiles,
Deborah

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sight Word Home Support

Our Kindergartener has homework every night. It's short, only about 5 minutes, but I think it is a great idea because it establishes a homework routine.  Here is an example of her homework for tonight:
  • Look for the word 'the' in a book or on a book page. Count how many times you find it.
  •  Practice saying your phone number.
She also has three sight words that the class is concentrating on in class for the week: I, the, he.

Our family decided to concentrate on those sight words too, with some activities that we will do at home.

  • Using a post it note, the three sight words were placed on the risers of the stairs. As she goes up the stairs, she reads the words aloud.
  • We play, "Where is the eraser?" She makes her choice like this: "I think the eraser is under 'he.'  We then check to see if it is under that cup. If she is correct on the first guess, she places the eraser under the cup, and I make a guess.  If she is incorrect, she keeps guessing with me in control of the cups.
                  • Another fun activity is to make the words using playdough.



So these are some of the ways our family is supporting the work that is happening at school.  We can do that because her teacher took the time to keep us informed about the sight words they are studying that week in school through a weekly homework sheet.
 If you would like me to scan one of the weekly homework sheets, and post it here on my blog, leave a comment and I will post it.

Smiles,
Deborah

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

October Calendar, Multigrade K/1 or 1st

The October calendar, that I am suggesting, continues with "attributes."  It builds on the work done in September, and emphasizes not shape but
 thickness.

The thick shapes are cut out of sponge sheets or foam sheets.

The thin shapes are cut out of tagboard (heavier paper).

The secondary pattern is light blue and dark blue.  This can lead to a discussion about the fact that they are both blue, but different shades of blue.  We could categorize them all as blue, or we could divide them into another attribute-- shades of blue. Could they also be categorized as large and small, smooth surface and bumpy surface, or straight sides and curved?  

If you used this calendar in a K/1st Multi-grade or 1st Grade classroom you could have the 1st Graders come up with a  list of the different ways you could categorize the shapes' attributes. Next, have them create a series of drawings that illustrates the different attributes on the list. These drawings could then be posted near the calendar center.

(This calendar also features words in Spanish-- for all my bilingual and dual language teacher friends!)

Smiles,
Deborah

Building "Community" with a Venn Diagram in a Multi-Grade Classroom

At school, we use Venn Diagrams to think about ideas and compare and contrast those ideas.  Here is an example of a Venn Diagram (if you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can read it easier) used to compare 3 sisters:

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I wanted to share it with you because I think it is a perfect example of an activity you could do with 2 or 3 students in your class to help build "Community" in a Multi-grade Classroom.

Picture a 4th Grader and a 5th Grader working together to build a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts their lives. Perhaps they will find out that they both love reading a certain author... or writing in a personal journal... or playing sports... or have a big brother that teases them both.

If you and I were creating that Venn Diagram, some of the descriptors that would be in my circle are:
  • loves sharing ideas and hearing ideas from others
  • creative sewer who enjoys sewing for her granddaughters and has a sewing blog too
  • married for over 40 years
  • still taking classes and reading books to learn new ideas
  • thinks out-of-the-box 
What would be in your circle? Share one thing about yourself in the comment section of this post.  I'd enjoy reading about you too!
Smiles,
Deborah 

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Why Behind September Calendar and Attributes

During the month of September, 
I suggested using attributes blocks during calendar time. 

I have always admired John Van de Walle, and after reading the above quote it made sense to spend time on thinking deeper about classification.

Current Common Core Standards also stress the importance of classification too.
Smiles,
Deborah Devine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

September Calendar, MultiGrade K-1

GOSH, AS I LOOKED CLOSER AT THIS CALENDAR, I MISNUMBERED IT! I  hope you will overlook that and just consider the idea of using attributes as the overall theme for the month of September.
Smiles,
Deborah 

I just added a calendar for October http://splitmultigradeclassroom.blogspot.com/2014/09/october-calendar.htmlhttp://splitmultigradeclassroom.blogspot.com/2014/09/october-calendar.html,  that also features attribute study. 
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