Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea: Flashlight Friday!

To make read-to-self a little more FUN, I have incorporated
I purchased these bright little LED flashlights at Target, in the dollar section. I thought it would be easier for students to have the same flashlights, and I love how small and bright these are.

During Flashlight Friday, students get their 'good fit' books, find any cozy space in the classroom, click on their lights...and READ!
It is amazing how the room goes quiet once the lights are turned out! I close the blinds and the door. It's really dark :)
Students read under their desks, on the carpet, on their flipped-over chairs with pillows, on the Ikea chairs...pretty much anywhere.
But the point is...they are READING.
A simple thing to do, but something they look forward to every.single.week.
And because it happens only once a week, it never gets old!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Geometry with 2D Shapes and their Attributes {freebie!}

We have been reviewing the common 2D shapes, and have begun to use math vocabulary to describe the attributes of these shapes.

After reviewing the shapes' names and their attributes, it was time to get hands-on.
First, students had to build the shapes using popsicle sticks.
Then they had to fill in their form- the shape's name, a drawing of the shape they created, and how many sides and corners it has.

I was waiting for the students to make a 'circle' with the sticks, but right away one smartie-pants pointed out that they wouldn't be able to do so using the sticks....awesome!
Then it was time to find the corners, sides, and parallel lines.
You can find the recording pages {here} and {here} for free!

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