Well.....I went to my room today. After a week long flu-like virus watering my plants was about all I had the energy for! I was glad though that I made the trip in. I spent quite a while there after school on our last day before break and I think I have everything in order for our short week back.
I did set up my new calendar activities for when we return....
I do like to ease into things slowly after a longer break so I'm not going to introduce too many new things until our first full week back. We just have two regular days together next week. =)
On the calendar wall you can see some examples of our new math stations that will be introduced. Again I'm keeping mine simple upon our return, but I did visit with Mrs. B today and she has some really CUTE ones that I'll be posting about next.
In the meantime here is what we'll be up to for a few days during our math station time.......
In one of our stations my kiddos will complete a small picture of themselves participating in their favorite winter time activity. They will be able to attach this to our class survey. Later we will discuss the results together during our calendar time. Since this is usually an early finisher activity I locate this station near our calendar wall. The kids can use pointers to practice counting to 100 or use our "ways to make 5-6-7-8-9-10" addition chart. (Click here to see more on this activity.)
I LOVE using "stickies" for math stories! During second semester I almost always have a math station devoted to stickie math. This is new for this class though. =) I'll be introducing this station with my example but they will be expected to come up with their own of course. Their are so many possibilities with the various stickies so I can't wait to see what they create!
Soon we will be embarking on our study of 3D shapes. They have been introduced to the kids of course but I plan on diving deeper into this topic in January. For now a review of basic 2D shapes is in order. For this station we will be reviewing our 2D shapes during calendar time. The kids will be asked to create a winter scene using basic 2D shapes that they can cut out on their own free-handed or they can use the stencils provided.
One last thing...
On our last day before break two of my adorable and amazing former students stopped by my class with a present for us! It is one of the most wonderful gifts a teacher can ask for from a former student.....a book they have written!!
This one is a winter counting book they wrote for us to keep in our math center. I just love it!
The girls brought this to us right before leaving on break so we didn't have very long to discuss this as a class. I'm really hoping it inspires some of my current kids to attempt to make their own counting books! The girls did a great job of reading it to the class and telling them about who did the writing and who did the illustrating. A great representation of team work for my little ones!
I hope that everyone enjoys their last few days of their winter breaks! I'm looking forward to a few more days off and a chance to rest up before starting some exciting new things with my class.
Have a wonderful New Years!