|They walked in and this is what they saw. |
The looks on their faces were priceless!
The day after Halloween in an Elementary school is never a fun one. The kids are too fidgety, too tired, too "hungover" from all the sugar and the likely late night trick-or-treating. This year, instead of "fighting" it, I went with it.
We turned the classroom into a giant grid, and spent the entire morning "playing" math. And geography. And reading. And even a little writing. It was, as some of the kids said, "the best math day ever!"
Let's see…. we covered columns and rows, coordinate pairs, reading a grid map, creating a map (post for another day!) arrays, median, mode, range, directions, and distances. I try to make movement a regular part of the day, though it doesn't always happen. This time, though, the physical movement helped make a lot more sense of the data concepts that seem so arbitrary on paper!
|Of course we had to start the day playing….|
|Then the kids walked around a bit, before|
we moved into columns and rows - and moved
|Moving like rows…..|
|Setting up for graphing - favorite Halloween Candy!|
|Flipping the boards to find the median.|
|We also used the grid to sort geometric figures|
by number of sides.
|Then, of course, we had to calculate how|
big the grid was in the first place!
|Students came up with a variety of ways|
to show how they solved it.
|This was a great way to practice the "over up" of|