MONEY! I use this little flipbook to introduce coins.
There's a page for each coin and students have to write the amount with a cent sign, a dollar sign and using words. This lets me see what students need to work on.
Then students make "coin rubbings" - I'm always amazed at how many have NEVER done this - they think it's magical. ;) Finally, we record the images that are on the heads/tails of each coin.
Once students can identify the coins and their values, we move on to counting sets of coins. After teaching this, we play LOTS of games to practice.
We played coin match, I Have...Who Has, Go Fish!, and Show Me the Money this week. They have GOT IT! I don't even have any students who have to rely on "hairy money" this year! Whoot!
In the above picture they are playing "Show Me the Money" in group of 3. One person is the "salesperson" and he/she flips over an item for sale and announces the price. The other two take coins out of their bags to show that amount. The first person to "show me the money" wins the item and becomes the salesperson next. They could play it all day. Once they get the hang of it, I have them make sure they use the fewest coins possible to make the purchase or else the other person gets it!
We also dove right back into our Matter Unit. Can I say how ready I am to be over this unit??? My class is sweet this year. Just precious. But, oh my word - they are so silly and immature. EVERY time they hear the word "gas" they bust out in uncontrollable giggles. It's not funny. It's not. I'm over it! :(
But, we're plugging along anyway. We started out with a very simple experiment to illustrate the matter takes up space.
After learning about the three states, we began observing their properties.
Liquids - juice, maple syrup, and ketchup
And we played LOTS of games to identify the types of matter....like this one....
Next week, we'll start exploring how matter changes.
My highlight of the week was POETRY. I L-O-V-E writing poetry, teaching poetry, reading poetry. And, so do my kiddos! They're poetry books are going to be AWESOME! Unfortunately, I didn't snap any pics during poetry this week, but trust me we had a ton of fun writing acrostics, haikus, and even limericks!
We focused on RHYMES this week during word study and it helped so much! They are finally understanding rhymes - even tricky ones....chalk it up to ALL the rhyming games we played!! :) This will help a ton as we progress through poetry.