In Social Studies class, we completed our geography unit with a "Map About Me" project. Here is the checklist & rubric I used to assess the students. Students not only had to create a map meeting the constraints of the project, but also had a writing assignment in ELA that tied the two subjects together. The maps turned out pretty great!
In my first math class, we started rounding. I found this awesome game, Closest to 4.99, found here. I use this website all the time. Their centers & assessment tasks are amazing! In Closest to 4.99, students not only had to practice rounding, but also comparing decimals as they had to be the closest to 4.99. Students had fun and I liked the challenge of the task!
Have a STEMtastic week everyone!
As described in an earlier post, I am attempting flex seating this year. What I didn't mention in that post was that the idea for flex seating stemmed from the desire to have a restaurant booth in my classroom. Luckily, my parents have connections at White Castle and the company provided us with a free restaurant booth! My Dad had to do a little tweaking to make it classroom accessible, but here it is:
A huge THANK YOU to White Castle for adding another great seating option for our flex seating classroom! The students love it!
Each year, I switch up many of the activities I do with each class, but I always, ALWAYS introduce Latitude & Longitude with Cookies! The students are always engaged and they seem to really remember which lines go vertical and which go horizontal as well as key vocabulary-Equator, Prime Meridian, Poles, and Hemispheres. Plus it's a yummy lesson (for the kids and their teacher)!
Place Value in Fifth Grade is a power standard. This means that it is heavily assessed on our state assessment. More importantly, if students do not have a deep understanding of place value, all other concepts in fifth grade are lost as well. This week, my first period of math worked on Powers of Ten (NBT 5.2). I created this resource so they could discover how exponent form, standard form, expanded form, and the movement of the decimal are all related. I have to say they made some very deep observations.
After this discovery activity, students practiced moving the decimal with the place value sliders I created using the resource found here. I put their assignment on Socrative, so they could get instant feedback.
Since most students seemed to understand the process of Powers of Ten, I gave them a design challenge to create a video using SeeSaw that explains how Powers of Ten work. The good news was that they worked on their collaboration skills and created their first video. The bad news was that none of the videos were 100% accurate or as in depth as I would have liked. Nonetheless, this was a super good assessment tool for me and I can adjust my instruction next week accordingly.
Here is an example of one video that showed me a misconception I need to correct with the class.
Built into our schedule this year, is a period called Extension. This is a great time for teachers to meet with students and intervene, enrich, or catch up with absent students. I decided to take this opportunity to start peer tutoring as well. Look at how well students are collaborating!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.