Friday, October 9, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! Here's my 5 random thoughts for the week :)

Multiplication!! We were off to a great start this week and the kiddos have named themselves the master of multiplication. Before we jumped in I met with groups to see how they would go about solving word problems with pictures and repeated addition. It was so neat to see all the different strategies! The other kids in the group would share what they liked about the strategies and ask questions. It was a great opportunity for math talk.

While working on multiplication we reviewed arrays which they learned in 2nd grade. We talked about how arrays aren't just dots and counters though- they're all around us in real life! We takes about the floor tiles, or the many windows in our school's lobby. If we needed to know the total number of objects we could look at the array and use a multiplication equation instead of counting every single object. Pretty cool! So that sparked an impromtu scavenger hunt of course. We recorded all the arrays we could find in our classroom and around the school. So fun!

Another plus this week that could have made me cry was finding a little note...

This little sticky note was stuck under my big fake apple that sits on my desk. Creston had came in to help me hang some things in the classroom and left it there 😊 I can't believe we've been married a month now! 

Now that we've been in school for 9 weeks almost, my students have really gotten the hang of math centers. They know where to go, what to do, and MOSTLY what the voice volume should be :) So time for me to add in more differentiation! They already come to math group where I work with a small group on a skill deficit from their pretest and check-ins. I'd been trying to think of a way to make their independent practice more differentiated and how to organize that. I've now got a color system and envelopes and we'll see how this works.

The color coordinates to the color of the charts on my board with their groups and assignments.

Now the trick will be finding enough resources or making enough to have all my groups working on their own level. Their math technology assignment is on Mobymax, which also has them work on an appropriate level with lessons to move up. I'm excited to see how much these kiddos grow with everything going on with our math centers!

Finally at the end of a long but exciting week, I go out to my little farm and am greeted by this.

Love my furbabies ❤️

Link up and share your week!

Rock on,


  1. I teach 2nd, and we do arrays the very last week of school! I love when I hear the new third graders talking about how fun and easy they are for them since we had went over them the very last week! It seems to really get them in gear for multiplication! Love that goat! So cute!! Have a good weekend!

    1. Oh yes, the arrays really help making that transition. When I tell them that they actually started multiplication in second grade they look shocked! haha. Have a great weekend :)