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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Multiplication Art in Second Grade Math

Second graders have been studying the foundations of multiplication. Some of the skills students have been working on are being able to create arrays, and to write repeated addition equations for their arrays.

 To practice these skills students created buildings with array windows and wrote repeated addition equations. All of the buildings created our "Array City." 

Students also created “arrays of sunshine” where they practiced partitioning a rectangle into rows and columns, and writing repeated addition facts.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Snow Forts at Recess

We have had a lot of snow this year to play in, but this week's snow was ideal for building snow forts and snowmen. We have had a great time playing outside. The teamwork involved in making the snow creations was a lot of fun to watch. Some of the snowballs were so huge that four people were needed to push them!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kindergarten Subtraction Stories

Kindergarten Subtraction Stories Students in Mrs. Kilburn’s Kindergarten class worked together to write subtraction story problems using drawings and equations. From tanks that captured hearts to ladybugs flying away to monkeys jumping on a bed, everyone really had a chance to express their creativity! This was a great opportunity for students to practice working in pairs, compromise with each other, listen to the reasoning of others, reason quantitatively and model with mathematics - all parts of the Common Core Math Practice Standards and the foundations for becoming mathematicians!

These students used a 5-group drawing to express the number 7. 5-group drawings help students understand and make use the of the structure of numbers.

Students modeled their stories with equations. They have previously been learning to model stories with number bonds. This activity built upon that part-whole thinking.

Everyone did a great job sharing their stories with their classmates who were all great listeners. When students practice modeling a story with pictures and numbers they are beginning to reason abstractly and bring numbers to life. Before drawing their own stories, students used objects to model subtraction stories. This lesson built upon that concrete understanding and showed students how to model stories with a pictorial representation and an equation. Equations and numbers are abstract models that children need to learn to connect to visuals in their minds. Activities like this do exactly that!

Students were encouraged to use simple shapes to represent their ideas and were taught to show subtraction by crossing out rather than erasing.

Using personal white boards is very exciting for Kindergartners! Here are some great tips for helping your Kindergartner continue this learning at home.

By Kait Hale, EES Math Interventionist

Friday, March 9, 2018

This Week's Slideshow

Please enjoy the slideshow shared at this week's all-school assembly!

Sound Communication Systems in Grade 1

First graders are working in partnerships to design sound communication systems.

 They are choosing which type of cups (styrafoam or plastic) would be the most effective in focusing sound waves as well as determining which type of string (twine, yarn or fishing wire) to carry the sound from one cup to another.

 Later in the week, first graders will be able to build and experiment with their designs.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Persuasive Writing in First Grade

First graders are working in pairs to review their persuasive button books. For the past two weeks, first graders picked their favorite button and have been working on persuading their readers to like that button too!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Highlights from Mrs. Kilburn's Kindergarten Class

In Mrs. Kilburn's class, we love reading!

We had a wonderful time making our own gingerbread houses.

Families and friends joined us for a special literacy breakfast in Mrs. Kilburn's kindergarten! Students baked muffins to thank their families for all of their support and read their books to them!