I have the pleasure of linking up with 22 wonderful math bloggers for an almost month long holiday hop. We are excited about this collaboration because each day you can access a different blogger with several holiday tips and a special gift. The calendar above is an image map and will to take you to each blogger's post. Please be a ware that each post does not go live until the day it is scheduled so if you click on a link to early in the month, you will get an error message.
Upper Elementary Teachers
Stocking Stuffer #1 Giving Back
This time of year when I am so busy and I have so many things planned with my students and my own children I like to take some time to remember that not everyone has a life this full. Many older people spend their days alone and are looking for ways to pass the time. I like to spread holiday cheer to these folks by helping my students establish connections with senior members of our community. My favorite way to do this is by taking a class caroling at the adult day care center. The smiles on everyone's faces are priceless!
Stocking Stuffer #2 Holiday Math Tip
Living in the Northeast, the holidays and snow go hand in hand. In the weeks leading up to the holiday vacation, student focus isn't at its best. I find a great way to increase engagement in my math class and to review what we have been learning is to have a snowball toss. Give each student a small piece of scrap paper and have them write something on it. This could be something they know about fractions, an equation that equals 100, a division story problem or anything else you might be working on. When they are done, have them crumble up their paper into a snowball and throw it at a target that you have drawn on the board or displayed on the screen. Then each person goes up and picks up a snowball to read to the class. It is a great way to share student thinking without putting anyone on the spot because they read someone else's idea. It also will increase your student engagement and bring out misconceptions.
A Special Gift
There is nothing like some holiday themed activities to help pass the long days of December. I want to thank everyone for their support this year and give back to all my readers with a special gift.
|Reindeer theme take away from 10 freebie!|
|Fraction addition and subtraction story problems reindeer task cards|
Thank you for checking out our #iHeartMath Holiday Hop! Make sure you stop by tomorrow and see what Sarah and Courtney over at Adventures in Guided Math have in store for you!