February 09th, 2021
Clay Numeral Work
Last week Lane and Palmer visited the number line representing the school’s twentieth birthday and helped identify what numbers were needed to repair and extend it. The children then made several numbers from the notes they took at the time. However, how could we be sure that there were enough new clay numbers? On Monday Cannon, Gigi, and Nora returned to the existing clay Number line. What strategy would they implement to determine if we had the correct numbers? After some trial and error, the trio focused on lining up new numbers where they saw numbers that should be replaced. Along the way, they discovered that it was also important to make clay numerals that could be read by other people. For example, Nora and Cannon thought that one clay number could either be a one or a seven. Gigi added, “Some people make stick ‘ones.’ Just straight up and down." Before returning to the classroom children began to write lists of numbers. Nora commented, “We only have to write down the ones that we still have to make."
Once in the classroom, Cannon declared, “The plan is to go straight to math. Go straight to making numbers." Gigi continued with her list of numbers while Nora started making a series of clay “twos.” Lane came over to assist with numeral production. As she worked to form a 3, Lane said, “I had to pull them apart to make the “Cs” and then I put them together to make a 3."
More Mathematical Thinking....
Both today and yesterday, children have worked with cuisenaire rods to explore math concepts. The rods are a good tool for thinking about equivalence, as Lane and Palmer demonstrated yesterday:
Lane - The red and the wood color (pieces) are the size of the green.,
Palmer - Dark green and wood (pieces) are the same as red and yellow.
Children also made sets, did simple addition, and developed patterns with this material.
Our recent work with watercolors inspired us to start more challenging work with this medium. Today four children worked on their self-portrait. It started with careful looking and careful drawing. While some children worked silently, others made observations while working.
Lane - (While looking in the mirror) It’s a copy of me. I always look at myself every morning to check my hair. Because my hair is my favorite part of my body.
Palmer - I made my eye look a whale.
Nora - (While painting) We forgot the most important part. My earrings. (She took a break from painting to draw her earrings before finishing her painting.) My hair is a mix of my mom’s hair and my dad’s hair, and my brother’s hair.
Pod B had an hour outside on this beautiful day. Children played several familiar and invented games together, including hide-and-seek, sardines, animal tag, as well as games with balls and bean bags.
"Brainstorming" the Mobile
There's a mobile that's been hanging in our classroom that we created last February, and teachers noticed it's a good time to update it. Children met in small groups to disassemble the old mobile, and discuss ideas for what materials and themes we could consider for this new version of our mobile.
Dakota: We could paint these sticks, and then we could use them like this. (Taps them together) And then when you pull it, and then it make noises. Sticks make good wood sounds.
Andy: I will just draw a drum, like an instrument. We need to build it. One small drum.
Dakota: Could we hang a giraffe up there?
Andy: Now I got another plan. A Chinese decoration.
Melanie: What do you think your friends would like to see on this mobile?
Andy: Oliver likes dinosaurs....
Dakota: And he likes blue, so we can put some blue on it too.
Andy: It can be a blue dinosaur ......Aida loves bunnies.
Dakota: That gives me an idea. I can draw a bunny for her.
Aida: How about a rainbow? And a bunny?
Olivia: We could bend out a heart with wire. And we could make a heart so we could hang it up.
Aida: We could do a spaceship. I need all the colors of the rainbow.
Olivia: Some buttons for the nose. This heart nose. And buttons for the eyes, and wire for the nose. Some little buttons again for the chin. There! It kinda looks like Aida's stamp.
Melanie: How will we hang these things?
Aida: I think string will be the best. Regular string, like the string I used for my memory box.
Melanie: Maybe the light could hit the rainbow and make it glow.
Aida: Remember that thingy in our classroom when there's rainbows all on the ceiling? (referring to rainbow generator)
Valentine's Day Bags
We excitedly prepared some paper bags to collect our Valentines this Friday! Each child wrote their name somewhere on their bag, and added their picture.
Cannon's Birthday Committee
Maren and Grace asked Cannon what he wanted on his plant pot, and he responded with "Ninja Turtles". They suggested gorillas and he said "yes". The girls did some research on the computer and first tried to draw the turtles. However, they were unsatisfied with their work and compromised by tracing the outline and drawing the details to the best of their ability. Later Olivia and Aida also worked on drawings.
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