Friday, February 26, 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk

February Week 1


This week in math we learned about measurement. They catch on to this pretty quickly, so we don't spend too much time on it.

To make it fun, we use the Jack and the Beanstalk story. :)

First, of course, we read the story.

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Beanstalk-Paul-Galdone-Classics/dp/0899190855/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1426465602&sr=8-20&keywords=jack+beanstalk

Beanstalk Craft

Next, to get them talking about the story, we made a picture of Jack up in the clouds. We also did a little writing in our journals to tell whether we would climb the beanstalk, and what we would do once we were up there.

 


Giant Hand Measurement

We now do math in small groups in my classroom. That way, kids get more 1:1 attention and we get done faster, which means more time for play!


We estimated the unifix cube height of the giant hand (and our own hands traced inside), and then checked if we were right.



Above is an example of a child's estimates.

Giant Foot Measurement

I made a mistake with this one- I made the "Giant Foot" too small! Some of the kids had bigger feet than the template. They didn't mind though!


The children found tracing their feet challenging, but their estimates greatly improved the second time around.


Thanks to Fairy Dust Teaching for these ideas. :)

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