Caren presented a brilliant idea for students keeping up their pace in the classroom. She uses a stop watch program online to help students keep up with the time while doing assignments and test. The method is to help students finish their assignment. The students look at the stop watch to see if they need to pick up their pace. I think this is a great idea for most students, however some students are distracted and may get nervous by the thought of being timed. This is a good method to time projects, center time, and social time in the classroom.
In this post Caren gave tips on how to add and subtract negative numbers. Students often have problems with grasping the concept of negative numbers. They are confused about how a number can be negative. Here are some tips on how to understand the concept of adding and subtracting negative numbers.
1. Create a huge number line from -10 to 10
2.Put a huge (-) sign on the left end of the line and (+) on the right side of the line
3.Talk through the equations with the students
4.Show the students the numbers on the line (add and subtract them)
5. Then introduce the (-) numbers
6. Teach the odd and even rule
This teaching method leaves little room for mistakes.
In this post the students came up with relevant messages a slogans to "SAY NO TO DRUGS". The students wrote what they thought about drugs on a poster combined with their peers sayings. They also discussed their math lesson for the day. The lesson was arrays. They used Halloween erases in rows to calculate the answer. (Example three rows of nine ghost erasers=27.) This activity seemed successful because it was interesting. Students are more enthused to learn using crafts or toy-like objects. The students also created spider webs for an instructed art project. The students read and followed directions to complete the project.
Ben's blog was written in French. I used Google Translate to translate it in English. Ben is nine years old and in the 5th grade. He loves sports. He attends a school where there is over 500 students. I attended a small school and can only imagine the experience of a big school population. This is Ben's first time blogging. I left him words of encouragement to keep blogging!
Madison discussed the cranberry experiment in her blog post. The class made cranberry relish and made several predictions for the experiment.They predicted if the cranberry would float or sink and at what temperature a cranberry would pop. The cranberry floated and it popped at 212 degrees F. They also compared home-made cranberry sauce to can bought sauce. They agreed that home-made cranberry sauce was the best. I think the students learned a lot from this project by experimenting rather than reading about cranberries.