Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Sneak Peek

I know I am a day late, but here's a little peek into what I have going on this week. Thanks to Mrs. Lauffin's Laughings for this weekly linky :)

My week actually started off GREAT with a Broncos win!  I had a blast hanging out with my sister and a friend while eating horribly greasy food and cheering on Peyton at a local restaurant.  I am incredibly anxious about the Tom Brady match-up this weekend, but I am believing that the Broncos are going all the way!

This week in math we are multitasking.  Our district has scheduled a practice standardized state test for two days this week, so my poor babies are going to get worn out, fast.  So...I've decided to introduce multiplying by multiples of ten.  I think my students will love finding patterns, multiplying "huge" numbers, and of course, completing task card games, Around the Room multiplying, and dice and spinner partner tasks.  I cannot wait to introduce them to this unit! Click below to see a preview!

In science we are diving into astronomy.  I LOVE studying space almost as much as my third graders love studying space!  This week we are creating nebula art using pastels and I have some interactive experiments planned to help make connections with how the Earth rotates to cause day and night.  Hopefully we will get into the tilt and the seasons, but I'm not getting ahead of myself :)

Lastly, I wanted to share the results of the Pass the Problem Formative Assessment Strategy.  Let me just say that this is a PERFECT tool to use with your students for multi-step or basic word problems.  I could seriously do this activity  The discussions my 8 year olds developed to form arguments for this word problem were insane.  They are growing into such confident learners and are embracing math.  It is hard to believe that these are the same babies that walked through my door in August.  My students embraced the suggested changes to their problems, accepted feedback, and learned multiple ways to solve a problem.  They love observing that a problem can be solved multiples ways.   I even observed students CHOOSING to use the distributive property.  This alone, made my Monday :)

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