It's months like these that make all those little "teaching times" so important. Welcome to
Today I thought I would share with you how I sneak in some valuable practice, reinforcement and even introduction of math concepts everyday -during my morning meeting time. Oftentimes our morning message will be math related, or the activity we do to end Morning Meeting will have to do with math, but one consistent math part of the start of the day is during our calendar time. We do our calendar time on the Smartboard. It makes it a little more interactive and I feel like I have more freedom to add and change things on a whim.
(Note: Many of these slides originally came from the SMART Exchange - a great resource to get FREE activities for your Smartboard. I modified some to fit my needs, and created others myself. Normally, my students come up and do the writing and moving things and all that... today we were really late starting morning meeting so I did it to save time :-))
Here is calendar slide #1 - The month of _______
What will the date be one week from now? Two weeks? Three weeks and 4 days? 10 days ago?
How many Thursdays are in February? How many of them are odd number dates?
What day will Feb. 9 be? What is the date on the third Wednesday?
How many days until ________?
Slide #2 - How many days have we been in school?
Slide #3 - Coins in the Piggybank
Slide #4 - What's the Weather?
Slide #5 - What's the Temperature?
The next slides vary from day to day.
That's it! Our whole calendar time takes about 10 minutes at this point in the year, but it's a very important way for me to see who knows what, what we need to work on and where we're going. I'll be back in my next post to talk about more ways to capitalize on those little moments throughout the day - this time in the hallway, waiting in line and lining up.