I love checking in with my new maths number group today. I ask the children to pick a bear that shows how they feel about fractions. They give it some thought and then choose their card (some insist that they need two).
Some are excited to be in a new group and some are looking forward to learning new things.
They share their thinking and then go off to photograph their bear and make a note of their feelings at the start of the unit.
It’s awesome that the group is small, because when we gather to share what we think we know about fractions, we can all jot our thoughts down on the same sheet of paper.
Jess, with her broken arm asks for help, and Trav kindly offers to assist her. It’s one thing to talk about empathy and collaboration. It’s another to live them.
The paper folding goes well and the language of fractions begins to emerge.
The excitement and experimenting mound, until The end of the lesson is in sight and I suggest we all take a circle home and see if someone at home has any ideas to add to ours.
Can’t wait to see what happens … With the thirds; and with the emotions that the Bears go trough as we engage in learning about fractions.