Friday, November 11, 2011

Math About Me

I'm finding myself thinking once again about motivation.  It's never really very far from a teacher's mind.  "How can I motivate my kids to...?"  Several years ago I came across a homework activity called "Math About Me."  It seemed like a great idea.  I wanted my mathematicians to know that math surrounds them but more importantly that math is all about them and their own lives.  Six-year olds tend to want to learn about things that are about them.  Don't we all?  I'm 40, and it's still true for me 34 years later.  I've tweaked the activity a few times over the years from its original state, but I still send it home and ask kids to fill it out and return it to school.  What do I do with it?  Grade it?  Slap a sticker on it and send it back home?  Nope.  Well, isn't it obvious?  We've got ourselves another classroom book to make.  Check it out.






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8 comments:

  1. Super Cute! Thanks a bunch. I have seen other Math About Me projects, but haven't seen the class book idea. Love it.

    Fun for First

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    1. Thanks Becca. I'm all about making classroom books, so any chance I can turn something into a classroom book, I take it.

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  2. Great resource! Thanks bunches!
    Trish

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  3. I love this booklet! I'm having my 1st graders do a "getting to know me" project the first week of school, to show 8-10 examples of numbers that relate to them. I've already made mine to show the class. I may have them do this later, to keep in the room for them to read throughout the year. I could have new students that come in to complete the page and add it later.

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    1. Susan, thanks for leaving a comment. I'm glad that you'll be able to use this in your classroom this year!

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  4. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Love the class book idea too!

    Kathy

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    1. You're welcome Ms. Lopez. I'm glad that you found it useful.

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