Thursday, March 22, 2018

Spring is Here!

Spring is here so let's celebrate the beautiful weather as we search to find the spelling words.

Hop on over to for more printables and learning resources just like this!

Psst... after today there's just 1 more workday until spring break!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Multiplication and Division in Grade 1?

A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture:

Math - groups of

saying that it had something to do with math...

Well, the students had actually done all the colouring and lines and numbers on this page prior to me being in this class (which was either a grade 1 or 2 class... sorry... I really don't recall which right now!) so I'm not 100% sure on how their teacher told them to group the circles but I imagine she asked students to find similarities in the pictures (you can see that this student coloured #4 and 12 the same colours at least).

The day I was with them they were discussing what they had discovered.  

Someone said they noticed that 3, 9 and 15 both had circles in triangles
Another said that groups of 2's showed up in 2, 4, 6, and 10
Someone else noticed that groups of 4 (or circles in a square shape) showed up in 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20

Then the other teacher in the room asked them about numbers 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, and 19
One student noticed that they were easy to spot because the circles all formed a larger circle. 
No one was really seeing that no other numbers go into those numbers (and I mean, honestly, why would they?  They are in grades 1 or 2 and haven't learned about multiplication or division)

So the teacher had 4 of them stand up and form a square like the picture for 4.
She asked them to then put themselves into groups of 2 which they could easily do and everyone had a partner.
Then she asked them to put themselves into groups of 3... someone was left out.

Next she had 6 of them stand up and asked them to make groups of 2 and 3... which we should know worked fine.  Then she asked for 4's and it didn't work.

Finally, she had 7 of them stand up and form a circle like the picture.  She asked for groups of 2 and someone was left out.  She asked for groups of 3 and someone was left out.  

And then we ran out of time.

But those students were thinking.
They were beginning to notice that 2 doesn't go into everything (or 3 or 4)
They were beginning to think of things in groups
They were wondering why they weren't able to form smaller groups out of 7
They were beginning to learn about multiplication and division in grade 1 (or 2)!


I would be interested if anyone has ever come across this lesson anywhere because I would definitely love to see what else happens throughout it!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

This Week At School

This week at school I...

- Did 2 half days at 2 different schools on the same day. Which was fine by me because the schools were close enough together that it didn't use too much of my lunch hour travelling (and as a nice bonus I get paid at a slightly higher rate as an incentive to take half days)
- Found this in one of the classrooms 

It's to get kids thinking about small ideas and large ideas (although, in my opinion, a watermelon does not fit in with the current season)
- Listened to the book "Enemy Pie" on Storyline on Pi Day.
- Took home some apple pie from the colony the day after pie day.
- Made some airplanes out of a straw and some paper (a few of the boys and I in this particular class had been working on them on a previous day and didn't get them done so we finally finished them).
- Went back to the school where I was reading the book "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park and finished it during their silent reading time.
- Spotted these in one of the classrooms and they reminded me of these snowflakes I did with some grade 4 and 5 students

Tie Dye Snowflakes

It even looks like they wrote something to go with their snowflakes as well!
- Went to another day at swim and gym! Shouldn't be too much longer until the instructors at swim and gym start thinking I'm their actual teacher and not the substitute!

Only 5 more working days until spring break!... unfortunately it seems as if I may have caught one of the colds going around one of the schools I frequent... and I somehow ended up booking myself up for every single day next week!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I'm Grateful For...

One of my students was telling me what he was grateful for after watching a couple of videos about gratitude a couple of weeks ago...

"I'm grateful for toilet golf.  Seriously, it's the best thing you can do while pooping."

Good to know... good to know.
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