Thursday, April 30, 2015

Math board games

Hi Families,

We will be playing more math thinking games tomorrow.  If you remember to bring in a game, like we did before vacation, please bring one in!  We would love to keep these in the classroom through next week!  Thank you!

Examples we had last week included:

  • Stratego
  • Battleship
  • Monopoly
  • Mancala
  • Sequence

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Leo the Rabbit

Today in math we started some group work that we will be continuing throughout the year. We started with something less risky first-- they just had to share two things about themselves with every group member. Each member was responsible for knowing those two things about each member in their group! It went so smoothly and we were able to see why it worked so well. We then transferred this good work to MATH! 

Kids were assigned a math group today in which they were all the thinkers, but they each had roles on top of that. Here were their roles:

  • Captain: keep everyone on task
  • Resource Manager: get supplies and be the spokesman when you need to see Mrs. Fier for questions
  • Spy: when your thinking is stuck, check to see what other groups are trying
  • Communicator/recorder: report out the groups final work

Here was the problem:
Leo the Rabbit is climbing up a flight of 10 steps. Leo can only hop up 1 or 2 steps each time he hops. He never hops down, only up. How many different ways can Leo hop up the flight of 10 steps? Provide evidence to justify your thinking.

I'm excited to see the outcome when we finish tomorrow, but it is looking great!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Hi families,

Today we got ready to pay our taxes, which we know are due by April 15! Each student looked at their bank register (in which they have been tracking deposits and withdrawals since we began our class economy) and they added up all of their deposits they have had this year. We have made a lot of money!

Tomorrow we will look at the different tax brackets and each student will pay a percentage of their earned money to our town. It led to a great discussion about what taxes are and why we all pay them. The kids had lots of insight into what tax payers money supports (their ideas: schools, town buildings, parks, some jobs, roads and sidewalks) and they also had lots of wonders. Their curiosities were endless! I tried my best to answer their questions, but some questions I did not know how to answer, so don't be surprised if they come home buzzing about taxes :)