Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week 18- Picture Pie Fractions

Last week, at the Blue Ribbon Conference, I attended a session about using art in the general education classroom. When the presenter shared Ed Emberley's Picture Pie, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I ordered both of these books from Amazon and was ready to go!

This is a page inside the 2nd book. It shows students how to cut shapes to make a bulldog. 

So I shared my vision with my math classes and they went to work. I told them I wanted them to create pictures with cut circles and squares. After they made their pictures I asked them to use the pieces to create fractions. I also had them take any mixed numbers they had and convert them to improper fractions, which is what we did this week. 

I was excited about the way they embraced this project and ran with it. Most of them were really excited to be able to do art during math time. :)

Each of them put their own spin on the project, which is exactly what I wanted them to do!

The most challenging part for them was writing the fractions after their pictures were finished. I reminded them that I wanted them to use fractional pieces somewhere in the picture because this would be a 1st grade project if we just used whole numbers. The picture above used fractional pieces but when adding them all she ended up with whole numbers. So this student added a little more to her art project to end up with fractions!

The kids are still working on these projects but these are a few finished ones. I love how they each made something to reflect themselves!

STUDENTS: Did you like the Picture Pie art project during math? What was the best part of the project? What was the most challenging? Explain why.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Week 17- Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School & My Tech Tools Presentation

This week I traveled with some of my co-workers to Orlando to attend the Blue Ribbon Conference. 

Mrs. Reasner and I got our Wonder Twin bracelets and got to be twins for the week. 

Our school was awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. 

During the awards banquet we received our award and had a great time! 

This was a great award for our school and we were all so excited to earn it!

As you can see, Mrs. Lawrence can't hide her excitement. 

We didn't actually make it to Disney but we did go to Downtown Disney. We had a great time getting to spend time together and a long trip is always more fun when you're with friends. 

On the last day of the conference I presented about technology tools I use in my classroom. Interested? You can see my full presentation here

STUDENTS: What was your favorite part of the week this week? I know I was only there one day and I missed you all! I can't wait to see you Monday.