Thursday, May 26, 2011

Maths National Standars Totu


Students to be tested: L, K, A, T.

L and K first example:
37 - 9 = ?
Both kids had huge gaps when counting backwards. They both got confused around 31, 30 , 29. Their first strategy was to count on their fingers. I tried to do a bit of ‘just in time’ teaching and tried to connect 35 - 10 = 25 and so on.

24 marbles shared between 4 people.
K shared them out evenly from one.
L went 5+5+5+5 = 20 then added one more each.

T and A

37 - 9 = ?
Took away 7 and knew there were 2 left over and knows 30 - 2 = 28.

24 marbles shared between 4 people.
A knew that 5+5+5+5 = 20 and that there were 4 left.
T thought it could be 6 and then tested his theory by taking 6 away from 24 4 times.

In conclusion, it was very easy to see who was below, at or exceeding the standard for add/sub and mult/div. Now what? I would like to talk with most kids and give them these 2 questions to see how they work them out. The bottom 2 groups need to be working up in the year 4 standard for numeracy so this will be a focus for me.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Building Science Concepts

Finally the moon came out so that I can model measuring it. Check here for the post. Lots of fun. Question: What do you think you will observe as you collect data? Where will the moon go? How does this information help you understand the earth, the moon and the sun?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New ideas (well used ideas) just new in my space...

Well, today I was lucky to have 1.5 hours release; 1/2 and hour was for SLC's (which were so awesome by the way) so that gave me an hour to get my head around a few things. One of which was writing. I was trying so hard to find ways to incorporate it into my program and was just coming up with nada. Ni mierda.

Anyways I had a brain wave to incorporate it into our Inquiry because I want the kids to 'explain' why seasons, day/night, moon orbit, occur. So day one was to look at explaining shadows. It was a great start but there are so many misconceptions about earth science that it is going to be a challenging challenge.

Also, last night my wonderful partner helped me talk through some of the other learning areas like reading, maths and inquiry. Thanks babe.

Keep on keepin on Nic because it just seems to be getting busier at RSS but I love it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Measuring Shadows

Measuring Shadows this was our first day of inquiry learning for term 2. I love hands on activities to ignite interest.