Monday, September 8, 2014

My First Grade Self Math Lesson

This is a little something I share with my kids during the first week of school.  I too was once in first grade, and this picture is proof.  Of course the kids try to find me.  Some do.  Some get close.  Some not so much.  How about you?  (I borrowed the idea from my wonderful mentor teacher who I student taught with many years ago.)  

By the way, I've turned it into a math lesson led by the questions, "How many boys and girls are in our class?  How could we find out?"  Someone typically suggests getting into groups.  Then someone says that we should get into lines.  After lining then up and creating a graph-like situation with bodies, we make the information permanent on paper in the form of a graph with their pictures.  This is followed with the question, "There are 10 boys, 13 girls, and 1 teacher in Miss McMorrow's class.  How many people are there altogether?  Solve it in a way that makes sense to you."  And they've been launched into their first math journal experience.

P.S.  I've shared the picture of my first grade class here on my blog before, but I hadn't shared how it turned into a math lesson.  I decided the math part was worth mentioning.

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  1. Hi Tammy ! I've missed you, I haven't been blog hoppin in a while. I love this idea! It is brilliant! First the kids probably love seeing it and then you turn it into a math perfect.
    Hope you are well!
    Teaching and Much Moore

    1. Vicky, thanks for coming by. There's just not enough time to blog hop as much anymore, huh? Anyway, I hope you and your blog are doing well too!

  2. Fun way to do a math lesson! I am sure that is one they will remember!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. Lori, It's nice when it seems authentic and meaningful. Those are worth remembering.