Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Choot 'Em!

Not really! At the campground this weekend, the game wardens caught a small alligator that had made it way from the river to the pond and put it back in the river. They made sure all the kids got to see the capture and release. My son was excited! We never miss "Swamp People" on History channel or we at least DVR it to watch when we have time.

Happy Anniversary to us!

My husband and I just celebrated our 12 year anniversary Sunday! I sure do love that man! I have been with him half of my life. We started dating in high school. We were "high school sweethearts." :)

Sweet summertime

I am absolutely loving my summer this year! This week my family and I are camping... Well we will probably be camping until school starts back. Growing up my family didn't have a camper, I didn't know what I was missing out on. I have truly enjoyed this week. My hubby is on vacation. Yay! As of right now, this has been how my day goes.
Get up and go walk/ride my bike around the campground.
Eat breakfast, lay around and watch a movie, work on Mary Kay a little, work on creating documents for school to post on my Teachers Pay Teachers page, and pin ideas on Pinterest.
Head to the pool or pack up the cooler and head to the river on the boat.
Take a shower and relax while the hubby grills supper.
It's a hard life! ;)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Common Core Math Training

Day 1(Geometry): Getting a feel for the CCSS. Today we looked at the standards and the cooralation to our MS frameworks, since we will still be taking our state test for two more years. We are going to teach the CCSS that fit with our MS frameworks for now while we get more comfortable.  We broke down two different standards in the Geometry domain in 5th and 6th grade. I worked on the 6th grade mostly because I am more familiar with the MS frameworks in that grade. I have taught 6th grade for 7 years now.  Our consultant asked us to underline the verbs in the CCSS and then use Bloom's revised verb sheet to find out which area each standard would fall under. We had the task of creating open ended test questions that would match the CCCS while still covering our MS standard using the question stems provided for us.  We worked on 6.G.1 and 6.G.2 today and it was it a litle tougher than I thought.  I am going to incorporate the use of math journals this year to help!

Day 2(Geometry): We made this cool cube today!
We also wrote open ended questions for the Geometry domain and looked online for questions that would align to CCSS.

Day 3(Geometry): Today we continued looking online for questions to add to our question bank. After lunch, I led teachers through the Accelerated Math program to see the objectives that match CCSS. The teachers will be able to incorporate those CCSS into the objectives they were already using.

Day 4(Algebra): We used manipulatives today to learn how to represent equations. We discussed that teachers could use algebra tiles or unifix cubes to represent the equations in an interactive way.  They can also draw the representation to help solve the problem. Here is an example:
Use Venn Diagrams to find the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) of two numbers.
We created district calendars to go along with our curriculum pacing guide.  After we mapped out which objectives we were teaching each week, we worked on instrucitonal strategies.  I created this flip chart to go in the students' math journal to help identify the decimal place value. I was planning on letting students roll number cubes to make their own numbers, then use the flipchart that they will tape to the top of their paper to write the standard form, word form, and expanded form.
On this activity pictured below, our consultant told us to draw a trapezoid of any size on our paper. Then he gave us color tiles and told us to find the area and write down our estimate.  Then we used a ruler to measure and used the formula for area of a trapezoid to find the exact area.  This activity doesn't take long and it covers a variety of skills.(Estimation, measurement, area, computation)

This one was called Make 4. Ideally you would use base ten blocks to represent the number each time, but we didn't have any so we drew them.  This gets the students to think outside the box a little.  Reinforces place value while using the basic operations of addition and multiplication.