I saw some geese flying back. Poor, confused things. Sticking with the theme of confusion, here are my very random five of the week.
My little eight year old was having a hard time understanding what she read and having a hard time actually finishing what she was supposed to read. (I am just using Fox on Wheels as an example text to demonstrate what I mean because I had it here. )
When I worked with my little girl, I had her use these little post-its at the bottom of each page. She had to put a green post it with a period on it at the bottom of the page if she understood the whole page.
At night when she read on her own, she had to do this for each page so that we could discuss it and see what she came up with the next day. We reviewed what she had read, and then looked at the yellow post-it pages. She reread to find what question she had about the page, and we talked about it together. Putting a post-it on each page really helped her to focus on one page at a time because she had a job to do after reading each page.
She was a little sticker lover, so next, I added a hot pink "!" post-it, that she could put beside anything that she read that was exciting or that she wanted to share with me.
This was a wonderful reminder for her that she had a job to do- which was to read and understand the text. If she did not understand, her job was to ask questions, so she could understand. This also helped her to think about the main idea of the story, because she had to really decide what each page was saying.
I had a lot of success with this strategy. She slowed down her reading and really had much better discussions about what she read.
This strategy reminded me of this:
I just taped the wrappers on top- no title or anything- so not an official graph, I know... It was very last minute, but we did so much math with these cookies, I was actually happy with math that day so I am overlooking the ugliness. Then, I wasn't going to even share the graph and pretend that I had made a perfect looking one, but this is the real deal, like "celebrities without make-up."
After we made our graph, we talked about more, less, most, least- and the dreaded "how many more?" question. I called up different children to match up and compare two cookies to see which ones were left without a match. That was how many more.
We also did addition and subtraction questions with cookies. We had just begun talking about greater than, less than, and equal to symbols, so we did some work with that concept, too.
We are working on Opinion Writing this week. I could have had them write about the favorite cookie they chose, and WHY, WHY, WHY it was their favorite cookie. We ran out of time, but there is always tomorrow!
I also had the children sort my bins of "things" from biggest to smallest, or smallest to biggest, with a partner during our center time.
They had lots of fun sorting. (The magnifying glass distracted them for a while because they had to study everything they found with it, but they managed to finish their task eventually, and find every tiny mark on each item using the magnifying glass in the meantime.) First, we talked about (and I modeled) how to line up the objects by having them all rest on the same bottom line to get an accurate measurement.
Apparently, the kids had a good time with our math for the day, because after lunch this was on my desk because I "made short days fun." Yes- I gave it back... but I took a picture first. I am thinking this may have been a bribe to get me to use more cookies in math.
We had so much fun this week talking about and drawing emotions. The artist we studied this week was Rembrandt, because he drew so many different faces. Here is my "emotional post," which includes some great TPT freebies, from earlier if you missed it.
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