Thursday, October 18, 2012

Groups of five, and dinosaur findings

A writes down H's group of five

K records H group of five
Today in math we worked on creating and trying to understand what a group was, and also what the number five was more in-depth. From the Math in the City workshop I attended on Wednesday I was able to implement some of the material in today's lesson. I used questioning as what did you see, and how did you know?, which really helped to facilitate the level of answers and explanations from the students. They worked in partnerships with the reckon wrack to create different combinations.

B creates a combination of five
After students worked in groups we came back and had a congress to share out what they created. It was so interesting to see what they came up with and that different combinations were created.

Here the group is thinking about a sign to write and how to put the materials together. 
Lastly in centers today; H, W, J, and L worked on the dinosaur exploration. They wanted to create a forest and then hide the T-Rex. They came up with the idea of creating a sign that said, "no touch, dino sleep. He will eat you." They worked together and it was great to see them take the sign writing they did today and incorporate it into their center time. Through this they were able to cooperate, be creative, and learn to work in a group and come up with a decision all together.

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