Friday, October 8, 2021

More Math Manipulative Mania!


To gain a deep understanding of mathematical ideas, students need to be able to integrate and connect a variety of concepts in many different ways. Clements (1999) calls this type of understanding "Integrated-Concrete" knowledge. The effective use of manipulatives can help students connect ideas and integrate their knowledge so that they gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
The Dragon Crafters listened to the book, Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens: A Math Adventure. We then became "bean counters" to determine how many guests were attending our feast. The students brainstormed many ways we could count all of the beans. We discussed the pros and cons of each suggestion. After much discussion, the students agreed that we should count 10 beans into small cups; collect 10 cups and combine them into a tray; collect 10 trays and combine them into a bowl. We were then able to count our beans by thousands (bowl), hundreds (tray), tens (cups) and ones (single beans). Our total number of beans was 5,604!

The Dragon Crafters were then introduced to Base Ten blocks. Base Ten blocks provide hands-on ways to learn place value, number concepts, operations, measurement, and much more! They help students physically represent what they’re learning so they can develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of each concept. By building number combinations with Base Ten blocks, students ease into the concept of regrouping or trading and can see the logical development of each operation.

The second graders used the skills they have gained in place value to open their own "Place Value Sandwich Shop." Each student had the chance to be both a customer and a sandwich maker. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Fun with math manipulatives!

When students manipulate objects, they are taking the first steps toward understanding math processes and procedures. Manipulatives help students connect ideas and integrate knowledge so they gain a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

At the start of the year, the students have a chance to explore some of the math manipulatives that we will be using all year. The Dragon Crafters spent some time getting to know pattern blocks and geoboards. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

International Dot Day!

On September 15, 2021 we celebrated International Dot Day at Seabury School! We read the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. We discussed the difference between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset. Our day was filled with many exciting activities revolving around "dots".

We used the Scientific Method to discover how many "dots" (drops) of water a penny can hold. Each of the students made a hypothesis, tested their hypothesis, recorded their data, analyzed the data and discussed the results. We talked all about surface tension and discovered other activities we could try at home to further our learning.

The Dragon Crafters used "dots" (Skittles) to practice their graphing skills. They made individual graphs and then we compiled our data to create a class graph.

To finish off our celebration we used our watercolors to create our own "dot" art. Some of us created "negative space" dots. Others took a simple dot and turned it into a work of art. Still others simply created beautiful dot designs.

Monday, September 13, 2021

We're off!

The second and third graders had an exciting start to the 2021-22 school year. The classes were combined for two weeks while Seabury added a new third grade teacher.

We took time to build our class community and get to know each other better.

We worked on the Name Tag Challenge. The students far exceeded my expectations and spent two days working on their amazing creations.

We read the book, North Star by Peter H. Reynolds. Our follow up STEAM activity was to create a way to save our dragon using only popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners.

Our students helped to beautify our parking lot during Art class.

Everyone loves a scavenger hunt. After practicing rainbow breathing, we embarked on a rainbow scavenger hunt.

Our third grade friends moved to their new classroom. They will be missed.

More Math Manipulative Mania!

  To gain a deep understanding of mathematical ideas, students need to be able to integrate and connect a variety of concepts in many differ...