Now, I don't ask my students to risk much, if anything really, but they do understand the power of the box. We've been learning about Fact Families for a while now, but the concept never really sank in until now. What changed? We added boxes.
biggest number goes on top!" when they subtract. So, the answer from the addition becomes the first number in the subtraction problem.
During the math game today, students had to look at a domino and fill in all of the addition and subtraction facts to win. Here's an example.
I found a brilliant book for whole group today. It's by Bob Shea and Lane Smith, and they are wonderful authors! I have quite a few of Lane Smith's books in my classroom. This one is all about a boy who has...
When I read this book to the kids, for some reason I pulled out my deep Texas, Fog-horn Leg-horn voice. It just seemed appropriate. My students LOVED this book! After it was finished, they all yelled, "Read it again!" But, after doing it one time, I was pretty sure that Mrs. O would come out of her office and ask us (me) to keep it down if I read it again.
The book is about a boy who got in trouble in class and has to sit in the corner. However, the boy doesn't let his present situation stop him from dreaming of his BIG PLANS. It's really very heartwarming when you think about it. After the story, we came up with a class list of BIG PLANS that my students would like to fulfill.
We were about to do a writing activity, but we had a fire drill. I guess I'll have to read it again Monday to refresh our memories! ;)
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