Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rounding and Literature

Teaching math is a HUGE deal for me...Like, I don't think you all really understand. I grew up HATING math, and my hate for math began in third grade and lasted until my senior year of high school. If ANYONE would have told me that I would be teaching three sections of fourth grade math, I probably would have walked away from my love of teaching. 

Anyway, my point is that math has come such a long way from when I was in elementary school. Conceptual learning has taken over my little math world, and each and every day I strive to make math fun and meaningful for my kiddies. One of my favorite ways to spice up math units is to incorporate literature. Sure, I love read alouds to begin a unit, but actually utilizing the text to enhance a math lesson is what I'm all about :)

Last week my kiddos finished the rounding unit. I know some of you are getting anxiety just thinking about rounding. It's ok...I've been there! I actually began the unit by reading Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest by Steve Jenkins. My fourth graders were fascinated by the nonfiction text in this book and were blown away by the wonders of the world that this book explored. Steve's book talks about the highest mountains, the coldest temperatures, and the deepest of oceans. Students are given actual measurements ranging from numbers in the hundreds place to numbers in the ten thousands place. After reading the text, we talked about the numbers and about how tall Mauna Kea reaches, about how far the Nile stretches, and about how hot the Sahara Desert can get at the day's peak. 

I explained to my students that as the week went on, I wanted them to flip through the book again and to pick a landmark and a number that they wanted to round to further explore. 

I had two original books but also had my fabulous parent volunteer copy the books so that students could flip through as needed.

Mid-week, I gave my students a rubric so that they were able to see the guidelines of the project. Students were to choose a landmark, identify the exact measurement, and round the number to two or more places using a number line. I had sentence strips available for students to create the number lines.

You can click HERE to grab the rubric, FREE!

By the end of the week, my classroom was filled with these gems :)

Who says math can't be exciting and colorful?!

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Currently

It's Friday night, I'm exhausted, but I am determined to crank out this Currently post.  

Thanks again, Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for hosting this monthly linky!

Listening- I am sooooo excited that Fall TV is back! I managed to watch Scandal last night, but am catching up on HTGAWM now. These shows keep me coming back for more every darn time!  

Loving- This Louisiana girl is LOVING the crisp air thanks to the cool front that has come through this weekend. Temps in the 50s, 60s, and 70's make me smile :)  Not too hot, but not too cold!  Time to break out the fall wardrobe...Eeeee!

Thinking- Hallelujah!  My formal observation is O-V-E-R! My kiddos basically led themselves through a problem solving lesson on Wednesday, and it was fabulous! I cannot wait to write about the activities and the amazing ways my kiddos assessed themselves and classmates throughout the entire lesson!

Wanting- I need to get into my closet and pull all of my fall staples to the front! I also have some new pieces I cannot wait to show off; Thanks Stitch Fix :)  Booties, long cardies, and skinny jeans here I come!

Needing- After school, I am sooo tired.  After dinner and laundry and more schoolwork, I am EXHAUSTED. However, I know I need to bring myself to the computer to blog. I have so many ideas and lessons I want to share, but I've got to get some energy flowing! Two times a week, two times a week, two times a week.....

Boo-tiful- I just love when my students compliment my outfit and accessories. I could be having the absolute worst day, but my students find something sweet to say :)  Love my kiddies!