Just a quick note today.
I have to mention my experience with math class today.
We have a new series and I am not familiar with it...it's a teach as you go thing!
And, alas...I have NOT gotten the 5-step lesson plan mastered yet! I am working on it!
So...I had a vocab page before the lesson worksheets. We were doing it together, it was confusing for the kids and didn't make much sense to me. Finally, I went over and grabbed the addition power pix poster and started over! Oh, yeah. SAVE. We talked about what addition meant, taught each other and then I asked...
Which way was easier for you to understand? The worksheet or the power pix?
There was an overwhelming cheer as they pointed to the power pix!
Sweet! What was I thinking teaching that awful worksheet?
Next, I created a power pix for science.
Q: What is a star?
A: A star is a HUGE ball of gas that is held together by gravity. It gets so hot inside that it produces ENERGY!
(I'll try to explain the gestures!)
Hold hands up like twinkle lights (star)
Make a big circle with your arms (HUGE)
Interlaced fingers (together)
Pretend to pull down a window shade (gravity)
Mix a pretend bowl (inside of star)
Hold hands way out to sides as you say emphatically...ENERGY
The kids loved it!
Downside--I'm slacking on the scoreboard and can tell.
I've gotta get more scores on there! Keep the "game" going!