Monday, May 13, 2013

Geometry Project

Because we only have a few days of school left I have started letting my students work on projects that review 2nd grade CCGPS and introduce them to a little 3rd grade CCGPS. Today we reviewed all of the geometry we learned this year. Then I had students complete a project to evaluate their retention of the shapes. Each student got about 35 flat tooth picks, a list of objects to make, a glue stick and a large piece of construction paper. Students glued the tooth picks to the paper to make each of the geometric shapes. They were also required to label each shape. The shapes we did on the project were line, ray, intersecting lines, parallel lines, acute angle, right angle, obtuse angle, pentagon, hexagon, octogon, and parallelogram. I was pleasantly surprised that my students worked very quietly on this project. An overwhelming majority of them did a fantastic job on the project! I have a 3-D project planned for tomorrow. I will be sure to take pictures and display them here when I tell you all about it later this week. :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

End of the year

The last 10 days of school can be rough! I was attempting to review all of our standards and work my little kiddos to death. I realized that they were in countdown mode too, so I had to change my approach. I decided that this would be the perfect time to do all the fun stuff we didn't get a chance to do this year. We reviewed geometry and made plane shape projects using toothpicks. Next week we are going to do some arts and crafts activities with synonyms, pronouns and other parts of speech. I also plan to let them do some reviewing by playing the center games in my TPT store. It will give me another opportunity to see how well the games work and get some pictures of my students using the games. I also love to do an end of the year memory book on the last day of school every year. Do any of you have certain things that you like to do at the end of the year? Are there any traditions you carry on each year? I can always use new ideas :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I'm not counting ;0

Only 12 days left with students! I'm not counting or anything ;). I honestly feel like this time of year is more stressful than any other time. We have covered all of the standards, grades have to be posted in a few days, and the kids are sooooo ready for it to be summer break. I have been working hard to review all of the standards with my kiddos, but it has been a little discouraging. The majority of my students have at least 2 or 3 standards that they have forgotten completely. One thing this has taught me is that I need to continually review the standards throughout the year. I am also trying to pre teach some of the 3rd grade standards, but I wonder if they will even remember it all next year. I would love suggestions on how to keep students engaged this time of year.