Powtoon with my Grade 1 class. I love this program and used it with my students last year in Grade 3/4 and taught my own daughters to use it to create presentations for their assignments. This is the Powtoon I made to introduce fourths to my students.
Here is the work my students did with the cookie question.
First we talked about what we knew about half and fractions. Then I gave them the word fourths and we brainstormed what it might mean. We watched the Powtoon - I could not get the voice recording to work so I read it in my best announcer voice.
We had some good discussion about what we knew from the picture - that there were 12 cookies, if we split them in half there would be 6 and 6. Some students thought it would be a good idea to cut each cookie in 4 pieces. We talked about how messy and crumbly and not exact that could be.
But of course some of my students could not move past the idea of cutting the cookies in four equal pieces. So after sharing our thinking - the two ways of solving the problem - I took 12 paper cookies and cut them in fourths. Then we shared all the pieces on four plates. Each person got 12 cookie pieces - which could be put together to make 3 cookies!! Lightbulb moment : )
We started our ABC celebration (as I mentioned above!). On Thursday we brought in an animal stuffy. What I love about the ABC celebration is that you can do so much learning around the theme and the kids are totally engaged!! Here we are measuring and comparing our animals - mine is the dragon - I may have known the learning we would be doing and ensured I would win - but the snake was a close call : )
I found a great book for next year for launching reading workshop Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley. I have it in my class right now - as a great review of what good readers do when they are reading - make predictions, infer, ask questions, use picture clues etc.
I am not always a huge fan of wordless picture books but this one has a lot of details in the photographs so it is easy for students to tell the story and make predictions. This book makes the story clear and perfect for a read aloud.
Lastly we finished our letters to our favorite local community restaurants - I can't wait to get them in the mall in the hopes that they decide to send us some free food or coupons or something!!
Be sure to check back in this weekend to find out how we are using the book Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet to kick off our persuasive writing unit.