It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!
As much as I love summer, there is something so incredibly wonderful about the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time to slow down, think about what we are thankful for and how lucky we are to be surrounded by loving family, friends and coworkers. Last week there was so much gratitude in room 9.
The week of Thanksgiving, we had many fun activities!
Did your child come home in surgery gear on Wednesday? That is because our classroom was transformed into an Operating Room! The current Reader's Workshop unit that we just began is Close Reading of Informational Text. What better way to revisit text features than Text Feature Surgery?!?!
A special thank you to Mr. Stepka for donating enough supplies for both third grade classes to participate. Also, thank you to Ella Koconis's mother, LeeAnne, for assisting with surgery! We may have lost a few patients without you!
Students entered the classroom after recess, and were surprised with the transformation...they had no idea this was happening! They scrubbed in with sanitizer, suited up into their medical gear and reviewed their patients' medical charts. In order to save each patient, they needed to figure out which text feature they needed to be prescribed, find at least two examples in a magazine and paste it on their charts.
During surgery, emergencies came up, like they do in any O.R. The heart rate monitor signaled that a patient needed help...now! In order to save their patient from the medical emergency, they needed to solve a timed math word problem. I think the pressure of this was their favorite part--not knowing when an emergency would arise. It was SUCH a fun lesson and I hope it is one they always think of when they reminisce about third grade.
It was a beautiful day to save lives.
Have you ever wondered what math looks like in our classroom? We are SO fortunate to have flexible working areas for students.
There are many large whiteboard areas available for students to work together to problem solve.
Sometimes, we make faces like this when we are hard at work. I think this was his, wait a minute...."I've got it!" Thinking face!
We are so in the zone with our manipulatives that we don't even notice the camera...
But when we eventually look up, we want to show our parents how we really look during math. :)
Giving students flexible working areas has helped each child know that every learner needs different things. Some need visuals to solve problems, some would prefer to stay at their seats, some join a teacher's table for additional clarification and guidance, while others go off with their math partners and tackle challenging work together.
Have a fantastic weekend!