When we came back from Christmas break, I was looking for more engaging ways to assess my students in math. While lesson planning one day, I was staring at a Twister game brainstorming different ways I could bring it into the classroom.
After much thought and digging through my classroom supplies and resources, I created a variety of math questions that aligned with the standards we have worked on. The procedure is simple, we play the game as normal, but I create different problems on white, sticky labels--which are then placed on the colored dots.
I change the labels every week (because Twister Thursday is our review day) for variety, but they include basic addition/subtraction problems, word problems, flip-flops, best friends of 10, I even draw tens and ones cubes for students to tell me its' numerical value, shapes, fractions and so much more! It is a lot of fun and a super easy way to check-in with how my students are doing! The best part is, my students are actively engaged--laughing and smiling--the entire time!
So for all those that have been asking, Twister away!
This has been by far my favorite project completed this year. I’m so proud of how awesome these kiddos did and will carry this assignment on with every class I teach in the future. It was quite simple, yet all focused towards creating an opinionated piece of writing. My first-grade students all had to pick one part of their body that they felt was the best part of them. Upon selection, students were to give me a few reasons why.
Not only was this an amazing assignment that acknowledged self-worth and built tremendous confidence, but it was an extremely fun project to work on.
We completed this project about 2 months ago, yet it is so sweet that I don’t think I’m ever going to take it down from our school's wall. We also used a book publishing website, where each student typed out their writing piece and together, we compiled a hard-cover copy of our work.
If you have been following my teaching journey on Instagram (@mackiann), then you know that my first-graders should be in Pyeongchang right now, competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. I am a huge Olympic fan, Summer or Winter Olympics, it doesn't matter--I will be glued to the t.v. watching the events from Opening Ceremony to Closing Ceremony. Knowing this, I knew I had to create an Olympic unit. that not only was informative, but 100% engaging AND entertaining to my students. Soooo since February 8, 2018 my students have become full-blown Olympians.
As a class, we selected four countries to study and track medals for--United States, Canada, Norway and Jamaica--were chosen. Throughout the last two weeks, we have studied our hearts out learning all about these countries and the Winter Olympic Sports. After each sport, we complete an Olympic event. Now, we all really wanted to give ski-jumping a try, buuttt due to inadequate conditions this was not a possibility. Instead, our Olympic event this week was the Team Bobsled. Long story short, my students were divided into the four countries studied, given a cardboard box from a furniture store and were instructed to "design their bobsled!" And boy did we go to town. What were the requirements?