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September 18, 2012

September happenings

Please visit my new blog, The Classroom Key, for more great anchor charts, ideas, and freebies! We have had a very successful start to the school year!  Here is a glimpse of what we've been up to:

In math we have been learning to identify odd and even numbers.

This seems like unusual artwork but its actually a number arrangement activity.  Students were arranging 6 straws at a time and then writing an equation to match the arrangement.  For example, the arrangement in the upper left section shows 3 straws and 3 straws.  The student wrote 3+3=6.  Memorizing ways to put together or break apart a number help students with their addition and subtraction facts.

We are finding efficient ways to solve addition problems.

In reading we have worked a lot on finding the main idea of books.  When you read with your child, ask them, "What was that story mostly about?  What was the main idea?"

After reading The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle, we made our own mixed up animals in collage.  Notice the rabbit head, peacock tail, monkey face, and chameleon feet (and many more crazy animal parts) all mixed together.