Chalk Talk and check out the Math Workstation Linky Party, there are a lot of wonderful ideas to spice up your math centers!
My math center is a pumpkin themed pattern block center. I start this lesson by reviewing a variety of shapes, and we discuss how to create shapes from other shapes. Using patter blocks I give students some time to build a variety of pumpkin faces using pattern blocks. Students choose their favorite face, then trace it on to the pumpkin. The shapes can then be painted in. In the end we graph together how many of each shape were used, then we discuss our results. ENJOY :)
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Math: We worked with shapes on the first day of this lesson to build houses (Even houses have normal shapes, Odd houses look odd/crazy). Shapes was a great lesson for Kindergarten, while being a great review for First Grade. To build the house we stuffed lunch bags then glued the shapes/materials on to it. This gave it a great 3D look. We gave each house an "address" either an odd or even number to match the type of house it was.
On the second day we grouped them into even and odd houses, then we placed the houses in order according to the number it was given.
Social Studies: We have been talking about community within S.S. We wrapped this around the idea of building a community, we talked about how each street has an even and an odd side, then we did some work with their own addresses.
**I did see this referenced on theteacherwife.blogspot.com as well, she also found it on Pinterest. She does have some blackline masters you can download for flat houses if you want. We did not use them, because we wanted to houses to stick out when taped/glued to the street.