This week we kept our focus in math on addition. As the students came in every morning, they worked on using the manipulatives in their math toolboxes to solve addition equations. This includes number lines, 10 frames, and counters. We also played two new games: shake and spill and adding machine. Shake and spill requires the students to shake 5 double-sided counters in a cup, pour them on the table, and then add together how many red and how many yellow. On Thursday, the students worked with a partner to make adding machines out of cardboard tubes. They had to roll two dice, add that many cubes into their machine, and then write the equation. I am very proud of how the students are doing with addition, writing equations, and practicing their number writing!
We also continued reading Wizard of Oz this week. This week we focused on the Scarecrow and Tinman: brains and heart. We first talked about what a brainstorm was, and then we brainstormed what we use our brain for. We discussed how our brain is always growing and our growth mindset. We read What do you do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada.
We then talked about the Tinman and heart, and learned about the word empathy. The students brainstormed different ways they can show someone they care about them. I then gave the students a STEAM challenge: make a tinman with your group using only the materials given. Each person in the group had a specific job they were responsible for (clean up captain, challenge checker, Seesaw master, and speaker). It was amazing to watch the students work together and their Tinmen came out great!
Next week we will focus on the Lion and Dorothy- courage and perseverance.