Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica McKellar
After a full day of teaching kindergarten, my mind could use a little sharpening. It often feels like mush and I have to work hard to have adult conversation when I get home. Surely that doesn’t mean I need to do more math…My students like math and they are enjoying working in our math journals that I’ve written about here.
We were working in our Geoboard app today making shapes. It is a free app that allows students to work with virtual geoboards without the hassle of rubber bands being snapped and popped all over the place. We made all kinds of shapes and talked about why we couldn’t make a circle. We then learned how to do a screen shot of our work.
They had fun creating their shapes and making the screen shots. My plan was to then have them upload the image into Showbie but a few students asked if we could put them in our Book Creator math journals first. So, without delay, we immediately opened our math journals and uploaded our screen shots into the math journal created in Book Creator. Then, I asked them what we should do with it now that the screen shot has been uploaded. *Crickets* and blank stares. Finally, someone said, “Aren’t you going to tell us what to do?” I told them I wanted them to figure out what needed to be done and that they didn’t need me to tell them. A bit more silence ensued and finally it was decided by a majority that they needed to label their picture. Here is one that was completed today:
Most didn’t finish but a few did. The child used environmental print to write the shape words and then used the Pen tool in Book Creator to draw the arrows to each shape. Some have decided they will use the recording function tomorrow to record themselves telling about the shapes.
By using Geoboard app and Book Creator, our math app smash was a fun and engaging way to work on this skill. Don’t underestimate a 5 year old’s ability to handle multiple apps. They not only understand, they come up with creative ways to do so.
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!