Posts from the ‘Math’ Category

I’m sure they have math in France

math man at work..

have fun in France Mr. Owen.

Yo! Math – It’s Where It’s At

Math looks different in our classroom everyday.  Often it is incorporated into our current project (patterns in nature, seed sorting, counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying – depending on where you are), and sometimes it is from a book, sometimes it’s a group game on the floor, sometimes it’s cooperative work, making a treasure map with 10 or 100 stops labelled before the treasure is found (once again depending on where you are).  And sometimes you just need your own space, a little distance, the lights off and then your wheels start whirling and voila’, you get the hang of place value in an instant.

Chase’s $$ place value work that he came up with all on his own.

Izzy measures and records.

Nora(h),( I’m officially adding the (h) because she wants to change the spelling of her name and she asked me to), Catalina and Adah work at the same pace in their new and coveted math workbooks.

Holden helps the K group with their dice addition game.

Atti getting into the game in a neat and orderly fashion.

Talking about place value with Michelle, figuring, figuring, figuring…

Because what inspires you, you also like to do during your free time, Chase made himself an office (I didn’t even see it come together) and continued to work through open classroom. And I pretended not to notice the stuff he took from my desk.

First Weeks – Math Stations

Math comes in all shapes and sizes in our classroom.  It varies by the day, by the grade, by what other activities we incorporate it into and by our mood.  Sometimes it is a part of a larger project that includes writing, nature, building.  Other times I set it up in stations, having manipulatives available for manipulation and exploration.  We then discuss what we have done with the manipulatives and what it means.  We also use Everyday Math Books for further written math exploration.  We always use manipulatives with the math book work as well.


Here we have an introductory lesson with the kindergarteners in their Everyday Math Books.  The game is to roll two dice and then mark off the number 2 – 12, until the entire row is filled.  They LOVE this game.  A new way at looking at addition and estimation.  As we soon begin to learn about probability with each roll of the dice.


Anagrams have become a fun part of math stations.  Using shapes to make animals and ships and designs.  We’re stretching our brains to be able to figure out spacial relations.


Architecture is a fun way to explore space, shapes, design and cooperation.



Patterns.  Shapes.  Building.  Counting.  Design.


Money.  Counting.  Exchanging.  Buying.  Selling.







Design.  Patterns.  Configurations.  Beauty.  Pride.




Fractions baby, fractions.

Math stations are a fun, exciting and exploratory time for everyone.

Geometry, Architecture, Chemistry & Cooperation (with Toothpicks and Marshmallows)

Two years ago we were studying shapes and I introduced this activity. It was a huge hit. Who wouldn’t love to build with marshmallows? As we revisited this project last week, it started a more in-depth study in geometry. We were making shapes within shapes. Naming them, finding the hidden ones, and shading them in with a Sharpie.



As we built, the project evolved into architecture for some builders. Buildings were erected.


Then a bridge was constructed.



They tried to bridge the tables but it began to fall apart, so they ingeniously built an underlying structure to hold it up.


The completely unspoken cooperation during this joint bridge project was so beautiful!



Then we started talking about how some of our structures looked like molecular structures. We took a look at the periodical table and their molecular models.


We started making simple molecular structures like H2O and CO2.


Then we found a more intricate structure – caffeine.


Jacob wanted to give it a try.


And we have – caffeine!


So much thought, ideas and fun happened during this project. I love when one ideas spurs the kids to follow their own ideas and turn one activity into another. We’re just here to do the research for them – to print out the molecular models or fetch sharpies from the teacher alley. They took this simple idea and literally ran with it!

Learning Math with Games

In the afternoons, after topic writing, we get our games out.  When we play these games, we learn strategy, counting, number identification, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, base ten building, pattern finding and making, greater than, less than, patience, cooperation, turn taking, geometry, rules, reading practice and so much more.










Work at School and Home

We have started introducing some fun family activities for home.  These are available weekly and can be found next to the sign in sheet.  I’ve suggested that one “Read with your family” sheet be done weekly.  There will also be different math activities available each week.

The tigers (2nd graders) have their own spelling homework.  Each week we have a list of words that we work on together as a group.  I give them the words aloud, we spell them together, they write them and we put them in a sentence.  I then send them home to be reviewed in the same way.  Retention is typically gained through writing the words.  We then have a spelling test later in the week.  We have been working in the back room for forty-five minutes a day.  During this time I’ve told them that this is for them.  For them to learn the words for themselves.  That it’s not for me, or for their families or for their friends but for them so that they have a bank of words to reference when reading and writing.  They have been truly excited and so devoted to working on the words.  Please work on these words with your kids each week.  I want them to feel prepared and ready to move on when they get the new list for the next week.

Introducing Our New Scale

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