In the process, one gentleman had been to a workshop recently. We asked him to share something he had learned. He mentioned one fun strategy for reviewing vocabulary or defining a concept. Three students "play" at one time. They work round robin style. The catch, each student says only one word. So player one starts a thought to define a concept or vocabulary word. The next student adds one word, then the third student adds a word ... and round they go until they complete the definition. It sounded like fun!
Today I finally finished banners for my classroom (or almost finished, need to add a spot of glue to keep the banners on the string)! I can't get into my classroom yet, but here they are on my closet at home!
One banner will hang in the front of my classroom, and the other will hang on a side wall.
There aren't many "free" days left before school starts. I'm sorting through books, decorating materials, and plans to determine what I need to work on next.
These are the books I've collected this summer - the ones I've spent the most time with. My favorites are The Strategic Teacher and the Math Tools books! I hope to return to these before school starts - I am excited about infusing more of these strategies in my work!
I also purchased 2 picture books! I love to use picture books in my classroom when I can. I plan to use these two when I share a presentation next week about projects in the classroom. I don't have a solid plan for using them in my classroom yet ... I just need to spend a little time daydreaming about how they might fit in our curriculum! Missing Math - a number mystery is a rhyming story about all the numbers disappearing. This book would be a great book to start the year. What if there were no numbers - how would that affect our lives!?! If the World Were a Village is an awesome book about statistics and percentages. The author crunched numbers and presents the world as if there were just 100 people. The book is a colorful similarity to a website with a similar title: 100 People: A World Portrait.
Next up are finishing the presentations that I am sharing on Monday.