Thursday, February 21, 2013

Money Unit

My first graders are studying money right now.  To help them connect their learning to real life, we discussed the ways we can make and spend money.  Then my students wrote a short story of earning or spending money.  They recorded their story using Educreations and posted it on their Kidblog.

They are also practicing counting coins.  Today they chose an amount to show in as many different ways as possible.  They used Piccollage app to create a poster and post it on their Kidblog.  

I believe in using real coins for studying money.  I don't like using worksheets to practice counting coins just because printed coins look so different from real ones.   iPad is a perfect tool to record and share their learning.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

100th Day Celebration

I wrote about my plan about the QR code scavenger hunt for the 100th day of school (click here to view the post).  Well, I have to say it was a huge success.  The students worked together to hunt for the QR codes and solve math problems.  There are four sections of first grade in my school.  After the hunt, my team got together and talked about which problems the students were having trouble with.  It was a fun activity but also became a very good formative assessment.  Our conversation was filled with "I should be practicing more on..."

Do you use QR codes in your classroom?  Can you share how you are using them in the comment?

Every year my students bring a collection of 100 to school.  We weigh the collections to compare the weight and practice grouping 100 items.  This year my students recorded their grouping activity using Educreations.  They took pictures and recorded how they counted.

They embedded the Educreations lesson on their blog to share it with their family and well, with the world!  My twitter friends Mrs. Lirenman from Canada and Mrs. Hino from Japan left a comment on our blog.  My students were soooo excited and couldn't believe people from other countries could view their blog;)