Cutouts

There are many ways to cut paper, such as fringing, cutting straight lines, curved lines, zigzags, right angles….

It is a wonderful activity as it helps develop hand muscles, eye-hand coordination and bilateral coordination. We have used our cutouts to build these creations.

Свети Александър Невски (seen by seven-year-olds)

Our project offers FUNtastic opportunities for both teachers and students. Several months ago, a group of teachers enjoyed our meeting in Bulgaria immensely. Personally, I share many of these experiences with other colleaguess, but also with my students. For that reason, then I wrote the following post: Teaching in Bulgaria, in which I shared with them this photograph of the Sofia Cathedral:

Today I would like to share these drawings that my year two students have drawn inspired by this photography. An exceptional job, with a lot of geometry and a lot of creativity.

Last year my students drew Heddal Stave Church. I am very proud of their creations.
I take this opportunity to wish you a Честит национален ден.

Escape game.

Last week we carried out a particularly motivating activity that encourages teamwork, organization and time management as well as the search for a common goal for the whole group.
It is an educational escape game. As you already know we have been working a captivating learning centre: New York

So, we handed out an outstanding piece of news: “Six thieves have stolen the Statue of Liberty”:

Each work group had the mission of finding a thief and in order to solve it, they had to pass 4 tests, related to topics we studied in class before: literacy ca, que, qui, co cu spelling rules; maths, how to borrow when subtracting; and Natural Science: bones and muscles.

Little by little, the students got all the necessary clues to solve what we asked for: name and surname of the thief, name and number of the street where they lived.
Finally, we showed them a map of New York, and each group had to find the exact location of the address … and they did it!

By the way, this activity was designed by Miriam, a trainee teacher who has been working with me during this term. A few days ago she delivered a FUNtastic lesson using plickers.

TEAMWORK RECOGNITION

Two months ago my second graders started working cooperatively.

In that post I don’t explain it, but briefly, that’s how we started …
First, I let each child choose a partner to sit with. After getting to know them, I put two couples together, taking into account my first impressions, to form teams of four students. An important part of teamwork is that it has recognition. For that reason, I use one of the applications that we have already shared in our blog: it is Class Dojo. This application allows me to rate positive behaviors, and also allows me to group students, thus being able to rate teamwork. Well, today, two months later, four teams have managed to reach thirty points…

and to celebrate, they will create a collaborative game, called

mathematical mikado.

Enjoy!

SOLIDARITY WEEK

Our school, Santísima Trinidad, is celebrating a solidary week to support a nutritional centre in Mexico.

All classes are supporting and helping in many ways.

Since all the activities held are intended to support the Celaya NUTRITIONAL CENTER, in Mexico, second graders have chosen the dahlia, considered one of the natural symbols of Mexico, to make drawings to decorate the schoolyard. The dahlia was declared in 1963 as a symbol of the National Floriculture of Mexico, and since the year 2008, 4th of August is considered as “the national day of the dahlia.”.

In addition, this flower is a great example of the natural presence of the golden proportion in nature:

This is the video that we used to draw them. If you pay attention, you will realize that the drawing starts from a pentagonal shape, so present in multiple patterns of nature:

In this other video you can discover many interesting things about the golden ratio.

These are some of the dahlias we have drawn.

HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH (seen by seven-year-olds)

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated our transnational meeting in Ulefoss, Norway.

During our stay in Norway, I shared on my blog a post talking about the luck of visiting this country and actively participate in the life of HOLLA 10-ÅRIGE SKOLE

In that post I shared the following photograph of Heddal Stave Church:

Heddal Stave Church

After seeing the photograph, I thought it would be a good idea for my students to draw such a geometric monument …
Here are the results. Personally, I love them!

Happy Syttende Mai!

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Learning to play and playing to learn.

Gaming is one of the main characters in a child’s life. Children are getting used to spending their time playing or planning how they can play.

Students from 2º grade at Kindergarten, have enjoyed a very funny game to work with numbers at Maths. In addition, we work fine and gross motor skills, coordination skills, and balance to face obstacles such as go under the desk 😋

When learning through playing is so meaningful, boredom at Maths is not an option and things like the following happens…

Kataboom!

Transnational meetings are a brilliant context to share resources and propose ideas and dynamics that we can all use later in our schools. Today, I share one of the ideas Professor Else Ljungstrøm, from holla-10-arige-skole, Norway  shared with all of us during our THIRD TRANSNATIONAL MEETING.

It is very simple.  You just write in popsicle sticks the mathematical operations that must be practiced. Then, in turn, each student chooses a stick, and if he solves the operation, he wins the stick. 

However, you have to be careful, because some of the sticks are bombs instead of mathematical operations… If you get one of these sticks: KATABOOM! You have to start over.

VARIABILITY

We divide the students into groups of four and assign a role to each member: reader, accountant, scribe and draughtsman.

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The group starts by reading four lines of a story and makes a prediction of what vowel they think will be the most frequent.

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Then, they count the five vowels and construct a bar chart that represents the frequency with which the different vowels appear. Next, we reflect together on how we have represented the bar chart: vertical or horizontal, and why; on how we have compiled the information: if we have used a table to record the frequencies, if we have counted drawing lines …

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Finally, we will discuss and reflect whether variability is the same in all the groups and if the result was the expected or not.

FUNTASTIC MATH BLOG

It is known that Maths can be a big deal for many students. Most of them face maths with fear and most of the time that feeling is linked with the lack of success in this area. So it’s time to change and make maths a little bit more attractive. For that reason, during this year, our 3º ESO students have set up a Mathematics blog. To create the blog, the kids have made great work in many different steps. First of all, they attended a training lesson where they were taught how a blog works. The pupils are allowed to edit the blog and the need to post regularly. Then, the students can post posts related to mathematics themes. All the posts and comments need to be regulated by the teacher.

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In addition, the pupils have been working either in groups like individually. The main objectives of the blog are:

  • To develop the digital, linguistic and mathematics skills.
  • To empower abilities based on learning to learn.
  • To empower children’s critical skills analyzing advertising campaigns in a mathematic way.
  • To realize that maths are not only calculation and abstract concepts. We can find maths in all the world around us.

During each term, the pupils upload posts following the curricular contents – always guided by the teacher-.

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If you want more, click HERE to enjoy how the blog looks like.

 

Augusto González, Maths Teacher.