Here are the highlights of our week in GATE math...
- Students completed unit two explorations, which focus on measurement of weight. They used a spring scale and pan balance to investigate weights of classroom objects.
- I reviewed strategies to solve subtraction problems, including count up, count back, and +9 and +8 shortcuts. We discovered that these strategies are useful for subtracting even very large numbers! I loved listening to the discussion and watching students extend the strategies in ways I could never have imagined. What a wonderful group of learners!
- We returned to negative numbers! Students solved Kakooma puzzles and played temperature Bingo with negative numbers.
- Everyone LOVED KenKen puzzles. Try them online. There's a link on my blog under GATE math, as well as a free iPad app.
- Finally, I introduced a new problem-solving strategy -- make a list, table, or chart to organize information.
Children were excited to learn about the Continental Math League competition. Our GATE math class will compete as a team in this national problem-solving competition. Problem solving is a major focus of our class, and we practice multiple times each week.
Have a great weekend!
And here are the highlights of our week in Project GATE reading class...
- The second grade spelling program began this week. See the homework calendar I posted earlier this week. Remember, keep word cards at home for reference and study practice. There will be a mid-unit and end-of-unit test.
- I covered the following Common Core State Standards...proper nouns, using images to aid understanding of text, and formal and informal language useage.
- We dove deeper into our study of Caldecott Medal books. We listed criteria judges use to select the Caldecott Medal each year. I am reading aloud some of the potential winners of this year's medal, and we enjoy discussing how each meets the criteria. Students are already developing their own opinions about which book should win and why.
Have a great weekend! Remember RAH RAH logs are due on Monday. Don't forget to sign the log!