Week of 9/6/16
Fourth graders started their first math extension project of the school year! With each unit, a small group of students will be pulled out and working on an ongoing project twice a week. The first project is called Comparing Sports Superstars! They are working in partners and using lots of choice in the process - sport type, players and types of stats. They are comparing stats between players, analyzing data and will finish with a presentation of their project to their grade level classes. This project is slated to take 5-6 weeks and will be shared with parents when completed.
Week of 9/15/16
Students continued their sports stats project this week - they are in the middle of researching data on each of their "sports superstars" and starting to compare calculations with each other. Great rigor and engagement!
Week of 9/19/16
Students have started creating graphs and making their Google Slides presentations - each one is unique and they are so driven! I learn something new every day from them! :)
Week of 9/26/16
Students are almost finished with their Google Slides! I will be uploading a few of them after they are finished next week.
Week of 10/3/16
Students completed their sports stats Google Slides projects this week - they will present in general ed classrooms over the next week or two. I will upload a couple next week as examples.
Week of 10/10/16
We are in between math extension groups this week. Math Olympiad update on MO page!
Week of 10/17/16
The next math extension group will be focused around multiplication and will start the week of November 7th!
Week of 10/24/16
No groups this week due to the short week. MO update on that page!
Week of 10/31/16
Our new math extension group launched today with a focus on multiplication and division (based on their current Zearn mission). We launched with strategy work in both multiplication and division - what strategies are they using, what can they explain numerically and verbally and how do they tackle work that is difficult? We ended with a conversation around partner work and responsibility - what makes a good partner and what helps us be most effective.
Week of 11/7/16
We launched our project this week...students are working in groups of two or three in the creation of their OWN BUSINESSES! Each group is collaborating, making decisions and computing multiplication and division based problems in the design and operation of their own Video Game Trucks! One of the tasks from today's work was around video game consoles - if each Xbox console cost $400 and they needed 8 for their trucks, how much would these console cost their businesses? Discussion around strategy and decision making was great today as well!
Week of 11/14/16
We continued with our video game truck projects this week and we had some AMAZING mathematical thinking and conversations! One of the problems they worked on involved identifying the unit price of a bench knowing we spent $1512 and had 4 benches. Students were able to articulate their various strategies of approaching the problem - linear, visual, etc - and it was fantastic to witness!
Week of 11/28/16
Teams focused on their projects this week and Thursday ended with a great discussion around multiplication strategy. Three different teams explained their thinking on the same problem in three different ways. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and clarify their thinking, which really helped support the process. Fun!
Week of 12/5/16
Teams met on Monday and really worked hard on their teamwork and strategies this week. The group shared strategies on a part of their project around paying employees...
Each video game truck had $3600 to spend on the salary of SIX employees....how much would EACH employee make PER HOUR? It was challenging and discussion sparking - super fun, creative and great for question generation!
Week of 12/12/16
Teams are wrapping up their work this week - examples will be posted in the next few days. Each team is ending with a reflection on the experience - what did they enjoy? What was challenging? What would be do/try differently next time? How did the partner/small group work? Our last group day for this math extension project will be next Monday (math games/exploration day). Students will then pretest for the next unit and the new extension group will be formed in time to start our first week we are back in January. Next up...MEASUREMENT! :)
Week of 12/19/16
We had a fun Monday morning of math games. The kids had fun and enjoyed the down time. Our next extension group will start in January - happy new year!
Week of 1/9/17
We launched our new math extension group based on the new math unit (angles/geometry). I gave the group the choice between two different projects and they chose the Geo City project! The group is working together to create a three dimensional city through the use of geometric ideas and concepts and with specific guidelines. They need to include various pieces such as solid figures, polygons, perpendicular lines, a tessellation and more! Pictures and details to follow!
Week of 1/17/17
We continued our Geo City project this week - the group completed their blueprint of their city and they are off and running in the construction phase next week! Pictures to come!
Week of 1/24/17
Students are in the construction phase of their Geo City, paying close attention to their "city requirement" - great collaboration at work involving leadership, compromise and communication. Great stuff!
Week of 1/30/17
Students wrapped up their project today and will be presenting their final product to classrooms next week. Next up...FRACTIONS!
Week of 2/6/17
We launched our new extension group on fractions with a bit of small group collaborative work on fraction representations and equivalencies. We focused on the strategy and conversation - it was challenging but a perfect way to ensure the group is starting on the right foot.
Week of 2/13/17
Students were introduced to the extension project this week (management of a pizza parlor!) by working together in partners on the first activity - students had to determine the fraction of sales of various types of pizza using background on factors and division as a support. Great collaboration and conversation around strategy and choices!
Week of 2/21/17
Students continued with their pizza parlor project this week with a focus on fourth and fifth grade fraction standards! They worked in pairs on word problems involving adding and multiplying fractions as well as equivalent fraction work. They came together at the end to talk as a group about strategy and choices based on their partner discussions and background knowledge on fractions. The discussion was focused and informative and it was great to hear the students ideas supported by each other.
Week of 3/6/17
We are nearing the end of our pizza project. Students are finishing up their projects and sharing their strategies and thinking around fifth grade fractional concepts. It's a challenge and great fun!
Week of 3/13/17
We continued with our fraction work this week and had a GREAT real life discussion around a bag a cheese, partitioning it out into the appropriate fractional parts and how the need to be precise is key to success in pizza making!
Week of 3/20/17
We made our pizzas this week - partitioned cheese, measured and converted sauce from fractions to ounces, partitioned a bag of pepperoni based on the number of pizzas as well as people who wanted it on their slices.....hands on learning at its best! A fun morning!
Fourth grade groups are on hold through our PARCC testing window - more to come!
Week of 4/24/17
PARCC testing is finished for the school year! The math group will continue through the remainder of the school year and will include students from all extension groups in choice related math games and activities.
Week of 5/1/17
The remainder of the school year includes students from all of the extension groups throughout the year. This week gave them time to come together using choice and math games!
Week of 5/8/17
We did not meet this week due to illness and spelling bee activities. Next week will be business as usual!
Week of 5/15/17
We had free choice game time today with kiddos from all three room - so much fun!