|This is an simulated image of what it will look like (it is still being built). I think it is BEAUTIFUL. I am so excited about the possibilities my students and I will have in this school!|
Here is what we are up to this week!
We are working with everything fractions in math. I love fractions! We have been having a blast, playing games, making fraction pizzas, playing with Cuisinaire rods and doing activities from Amy Lemon's Become a Fraction Fanatic Pack.
If you haven't purchased this, you should. It is fantastic! Today we wrote about when half is small and when half is huge. I love to see the way they think! They wrote things like half is small when you have half a minute to get down the hall and half is huge when you have to wait a half an hour for lunch when you are hungry... I love them.
In social studies we are beginning our study of wants and needs. I like to introduce it with my Those Shoes unit. The book is precious and sweet and hits a nerve with kids. The little boy in the story has outgrown his tennis shoes. His school counselor gives him a new pair but they have a cartoon character on them from a "little kid" tv show. He is embarrassed because all the other kids seem to have the same "cool" shoes. His grandma explains that they can't afford them but takes him out shopping to try and find a deal. They end up in a resale shop and the boy finds one pair that are too small. His grandma explains that they can't afford to buy shoes that are too small - they have to spend money on what they NEED. The boy decides to buy the shoes with his own saved money and his grandma buys him some boring snow boots. What happens next chokes me up! Go check this book out!