"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mathematical Monday for MAYkers

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Yesterday, the third graders participated in a Mathemagical MAYkerspace Monday. Their mathematical juices and interest were piqued by the "still fabulous in its 20th year" How Much is a Million.

After having fun thinking through the ideas in the book, I explained the rules for the day's exploration, that the students could choose a math-related challenge.

1. Build the most unique, interesting, or tallest structure with only 25 Keva Planks.

2. Choose 30 Lego pieces and build the coolest vehicle or structure you can. Choose those pieces wisely!

3. Adapt a card game to include addition or subtraction and play a few rounds.

4. Sharpen your visual dexterity (image decoding skills) by playing  Q-bitz.

5. Use spatial relations skills to solve Keva Brain Builders puzzles.

6. Solve math problems in some of our math books.

It was a fabulous Monday morning. Have a look: 

Some of the math books - many were borrowed after each class!

Concentration with a twist!

Q-bitz was very popular

Brain Builders are challenging and fun

Keva Plank creativity is endless

Legos are always a hit!

Wherein Matt Tavares Visits and Makes a Great Impression

The wonderful author and illustrator Matt Tavares visited our school to meet with kindergarten and first graders.

It was another fabulous visit by Matt. Both the kindergarten and first grade students were engaged and excited to learn from Matt. Have a look and a listen:

Following Matt's visit, the first graders had their regularly scheduled library classes. It was a perfect time to reflect on the visit, hear what the students remembered, and understand what they learned. 
The time Matt spent sketching made a big impact on the students. He was clear and encouraging as he sketched and talked through the process, imparting strategies like: start with light lines; think about shapes; start with loose lines; add details at the end; make your picture have dimension by adding smaller things in the background.
Students really got into creating sketches and enlisted friends to strike a pose.

Along with sharing in our circle conversations, students also shared what they learned on papers at the tables.

Thank you for a making a great impression, Matt!