Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Maths and some of the ways we've been exploring Maths

We have been working on developing our number sense.  This is our understanding of numbers, how they're made up, and how they're represented.

One of the ways we've been doing that is searching the room.  We search the room for cards that have numbers written in different ways: finger patterns, tens frames, dice patterns, etc. Once we find them we mark them on our sheet and take note of what number that card shows. 

Another way we have been working on our number sense is by playing matching games where we work on matching numerals, tens frames and finger patterns.

We've been working with partners building with counting cubes and figuring out different partners to 10.

We've been doing Number Talks where we talk about all the different ways we can see a number. This allows us to articulate how we see and know what we do and to see that there are many different ways to see something and therefor many different answers.  This moves the focus away from getting the right answer to being able to articulate your thinking. Here is an example of a number talk using dots.

Our Learning Scavenger Hunt

Last week we had our open morning Learning Scavenger Hunt.  Parents came into the class and we walked them through some of the things we do in our day. 

These were the choices of what we could show and share with our parents:

We were doing some weaving and sewing.  We were trying to remember that each strip has to go over, under, over, under.  We had to check at the end by seeing if our strips were staying still or if they were moving around.

We were writing letters together about what helps us learn.  

We were reading Growth Mindset Books and talking about the main ideas.
We were reading Beautiful Oops and talking about how mistakes can be turned into something new and mistakes help us learn.

We were exploring our treaty and talking about what we've agreed makes a good and safe classroom.
We were looking at our calendar, explaining the days of the week, how we count how many days we've been at school and keep track of the weather. 

We were listening to stories on the listening post.
We had a fantastic time showing our families around our earning environment and teaching them some of what we've been learning!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

My Kite. A look at our interdisciplinary approach to learning.

                                                                           My Kite 
Last week we read a story called My Kite.  It was all about the different directions a kite could fly.  It is a beginner reader so it is repetitive in its High Frequency words.  It also introduced us to some position and direction words.  After reading the story, one of the provocations out all week on the making table was, "Can you create a kite or something that will fly?" There were materials and some pictures, but the creating was up to the kids.  

At first only a few children wanted to make kites.  So they set off, looking at some models and thinking about how they could make their kites. 

   Initially, they worked next to each other but independently.

Eventually they began to work together when they needed help. 

After a few of them made their kites, naturally the next thing to do was to go outside and test them out.  Here's where the magic happened!


We began talking about what kites needed to fly, why some of them were flying better than others, if running one direction made a difference for our kites.  We touched on wind power, velocity, surface area of a kite, materials that seemed to be working better than others.  We began thinking like scientists.  Children then began making second kites, making changes to their original kites and soon enough the whole class was making kites, testing them, changing them, testing them again! We were going through the design process.  We were learning about science and technology and we didn't even know it!  

When we had tested and changed and retested we went inside to tell our stories about them and we began to draw and write!

The whole process was hands on, it was fun and it felt purposeful.  The words we were writing were words we were reading so their were connections.  We made videos and stories to show our mums and dads on Seesaw and to explain what our kites could do.