Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pre-Thanksgiving Math and Culture Lesson: Making Fry Bread!!!

I never heard of Fry Bread until I came to work with the Choctaws. I didn't know what I had been missing out on!! My assistant created a lesson on how to make fry bread and incorporated using the Choctaw language for the ingredients.  I threw in a little math having some of the students help me measure how many of their milk cartons would fill up the gallon pitcher.  They estimated because several didn't know their facts...Some were WAY off! I hope they will remember now that there are 16 cups in a gallon.

Fry bread is enjoyed several different ways.  My favorite is an Indian Taco or the dessert fry bread topped with powdered sugar and grape jelly! YUMMY!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

God's Beauty

You know it's going to be a good day when you step out of your car in the school parking lot and see a full rainbow!
 Just had to share.  Hope you have a wonderful day!!! :)

Master Classroom in Math Facts with Renaissance Learning

Congrats to my 5th and 6th grade classes for achieving Model and Master class in Math Facts with Renaissance Learning! Grades 2nd-6th at our school have reached Model status making SPES a Model School. As a matter of fact...while I'm bragging...We are the only certified school in the state of Mississippi! :) WooHoo!!! Way to go kids!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wall Ball with Vocabulary Review

I'm going to try to use more down time in useful review.  I found a way to use vocabulary in a fun way! Using a soft ball the students toss the ball at the Math Word Wall and whatever the closest word is the student tells me the definition, draws an example, or communicates in some way to me that they understand what the word means.  I am adapting this from one of the consultants that visits my school in math. She never had any down time in her classroom.  Even having the groups to line up by answering a math problem. For example: "If you are in the group that is 24/12, you can line up, the next group that can line up is the number that is not prime or composite..."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fractions & a Sugar Rush!!!!

Like the kids haven't had enough candy...I did an activity today using Lifesavers and Smarties.  Basically the same lesson just a little different. Both focused on fractions. (equivalence, comparing, adding, simplifying, etc.)

Smarties Fractions Lesson