I had a few questions from my previous math post, so I thought I'd answer them here.
My math notebook is just a cheap spiral notebook (you can get them for a penny in the summer). Each day of the week we do something different.
Tuesday- Graphing- I create very simple graphs that fit 2 to a page. Each child gets a page and glues it into the notebook. We do our graph together using their notebooks and the Promethean Board. I go around the room, asking each child the question. We all write the child's class number (easier than their name) in the graph. I ask follow up questions once the graph is complete. I try to keep the graphing questions simple during this time. Any really cute graph, like graphing Skittles or Goldfish, we try to do during our unit time. I like to include as many different types of graphs as possible (tally graph, graphs going up, graphs going sideways, graphs with different amounts of choices).
Friday- I don't formally teach math on Friday. In first grade, Friday is our day of Social Studies/Science Unit study. Of course, there are fabulous math (and reading and writing) ideas to tie in with any unit. So, we are always doing math on Friday. It just doesn't follow the same routines as the rest of the week (no math tubs, no math notebook). This is the time I pull out the cute graph, or we measure a pumpkin and count the seeds, or create a themed glyph, etc.
Newsletter for the Week of May 1
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