Spring Break in the Rockies

Spring in Colorado is not synonymous with sunshine and gentle rain, interspersed with crocuses and daffodils. Think more along the lines of monsoons of snow! But, it is currently where we call home and so we headed to the beautiful Arkansas Valley for a weekend of snowboarding and fly-fishing. Albeit, the wind put a stop to the fly-fishing, but the snowboarding was a success. ( I am ever the optimist).


I am giving away this Easter Interactive Math Review for a limited time. Basically, it goes on sale on Monday when I return to work. My 5th graders LOVE this stuff! Its arty math….or mathy art…..either way, its a fun, engaging and rigorous review of the concepts already taught, in line with CCSS Math. Check it out and download today!

Interactive Notebooks and How They Work

This was my learning curve this year. Math is not my favourite subject, never has been, and I struggled to find ways to make it engaging for the kids whilst ensuring the concepts were sticking. Everything from incorporating giant paper chains to push ups and burpees…..I have tried it all. Then, the shining light of craftiness came dawning upon me last summer. After a hefty internet search, I stumbled upon Rundes Room on Teachers Pay Teachers and thus, my interactive notebook journey was born. I( will take the next few posts to explain to you, how I like to do these interactive notebooks.)

There was no tentatively about it. I dived right in. Learned from a pro and developed my own ideas along the way. I, and my 5th graders, are hooked.

Left-side/Right side Thinking:

It begins with a regular notebook or comprehension book. We use 2 pages at a time. On the left side page, we have our headings which include the Learning Goal, or the objective. I write this in kid friendly language and the kids write it down themselves. Then, the second heading is What I Know. This is where the students write down their background knowledge of the skills about to be introduced. Beneath that, comes the What I Learned heading, which waits until we have completed the lesson and activities. There is Proof and Reflection at the end. Under the Proof heading, the children show what they have learned using their own creative methods to emulate another example similar to our class activity. The Reflection is a simple sentence or 2 that may cover additional questions the kids have or a statement as to how they felt about the lesson, the math skill or their thinking.

Stay tuned for the Right side Thinking. Meanwhile, download that freebie and enjoy!

~ Susan 

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