Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Shapes, Shapes, and More Shapes

Hello friends!  Have you ever had one of those days that you got out of bed and within the first 30 minutes awake, you wanted to climb back into bed and claim a do-over?  Well, that sadly was me this morning.  I had one of the most terrible mornings I have ever had in a long time.  I cried to school the entire way and began my morning at school at 6:30 already having cried off my make up and a red and puffy face.  Knowing me as well as she does, Heather immediately knew something was up.  I spent about 45 minutes in my classroom quietly trying to get myself back together.  I was very worried about the way my day would continue to go.  I am one of those people that has to have everything go "just right" or my day will fall apart.  I prayed that my morning would not dictate the rest of my day and I am pleased to tell you that it in fact did NOT dictate my day!!!  My class had a great day and it was one that I was able to look back on and think, "wow, I was good today!"  Nothing like tooting your own horn, right!?!  Any who, I thought I'd snap a quick picture and let you know what we have been working on in our second grade rooms.  We have just finished up a horrible, mind numbing, torturous,  lovely unit on addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Notice our LONG silence and break from blogging.  You can thank regrouping.  I don't know what it was but this blew their minds!!!!!  There was little that was good to share so hence our sabbatical.  So after that fun little unit, we have moved into something more fun and enjoyable...GEOMETRY!  We began by building our common shapes with Popsicle sticks and began filling out a shape books.  We have discovered that our kids are good at shape identification but lack the ability to rationalize why they know the shape based on attributes.  We have them create these shape books and keep them for reference as they work.

You can pick up your own copy of this shape book here.  Or by clicking on the picture below.  

Happy Shapes to you!!

1 comment:

  1. Glad your day got better!!! And I certainly don't envy the second grade teachers that get to teach regrouping... :)

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