Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Goldfish Unit...Math Stations

Several weeks ago my kiddos became very interested in this book...
I recently posted about the many literacy center activities / daily five choices that my team mates and I planned for our classes. You can check that out here if you would like to take a peek. This posts also shows what the kids were up to in our science center.
In the picture of our fish Gordon above you can see his bowl needs to be cleaned. (Not my favorite job. )
Anywho...the kids decided that he was having a foggy day in his bowl even though it was a sunny day outside. This sparked a whole conversation on weather, which then led to several to write about the weather and foggy days.  I just love how these things work out! 
Today I wanted to share some of the math stations that Mrs. B, Mrs. T and I put together for this story. 

My kids LOVE the little fish from Oriental Trading! They've used them in various ways (adding, sorting, etc.) but the station above seemed to be the most popular.

For my kids that need some remediation with number writing they worked on this variation of the first station.

Addition fish bowls!!

We also have subtraction fish bowls. =) 
For the superstars in my room I also had them write story problems on dry erase boards to go with their fishie addition or subtraction equation.  This was HARD for them but they did great!!
Our fish unit extended into many of our traditional centers as well. 
For instance in our block area....
The kids planned their fish bowl / tank structures together before building them. Once their masterpieces were created they recorded them in our block book. =)

 Here are a few of the gems from the art centers in our three classrooms...

Glitter makes everything beautiful!!

Finally, here is a mural that my class last year completed with my wonderful student teacher Ms. W!   I have it hanging up for the kids this year and they are dying to make one of their own. We are working to earn points to make our own mural this year. =)
So now that our unit is complete we are starting to show some interests in other topics. I can't wait to see what our next adventure will be. Stay tuned...
                                                                                                                Mrs. M


  1. I am obsessed with your addition/subtraction fish bowls!!! My kids would love this! Very hands on & adorable! I am always trying to think of fun, new ways to get them to practice these skills.

    Please visit my blog...I just posted about my classroom design, how we track progress and notebooking in K! Thanks for the support!!


    1. So glad that you liked these! My kids have had fun with them. =)

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  5. That is SO CUTE! In the fall, Math Monday blog hop will go to a theme/concept weekly hop. I hope you post this on addition/subtraction. So, so CUTE! ;)


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